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April 19, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Missy Luick, City of Traverse City, Planning and Engineering Assistant, (231) 922-4778
Ty Schmidt, Norte, Executive Director, (231) 883-2453
Safe Routes to Traverse Heights and Immaculate Conception Schools:
Action Planning Meetings Set for April 19 and 24
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. and Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., the Traverse Heights Elementary Safe Routes to School team and Immaculate Conception School Safe Routes to School team respectively will host Action Planning Meetings to assess possible improvements to make routes students use to walk and bike to school safer. Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is a national and state program to increase walking and biking to school along safe routes.
Community members, neighborhood associations and school communities are encouraged to participate in both Action Planning Meetings. Participants will review maps and identify possible improvements that will aide in the safest routes for children to walk and bike to school. Snacks will be provided. Please plan on 2 hours total.
Currently, Norte is collecting surveys among parents and students at various Traverse City area Elementary and Middle Schools related to present attitudes and behaviors toward walking or biking to school. This information will be used to develop education, encouragement, enforcement and engineering strategies to increase safe walking and biking to school. To take the survey, visit: https://elgruponorte.org/survey/
For more information about Safe Routes to School in Traverse City, contact Missy Luick, City of Traverse City at (231) 922-4778 or the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports at (800) 434-8642. The City of Traverse City is planning on conducting Safe Routes to School programming and possible infrastructure improvements at all 10 K-8 schools within the city limits. Through the Safe Routes to School program, the City has the opportunity to apply for up to $200,000 per school for infrastructure improvements and $8,000 per school for non-infrastructure (i.e. programming and encouragement).