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Safe Routes to Willow Hill Elementary School- Walking Audit September 12

by Missy Luick
Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

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

                        Christine Guitar, Traverse City Area Public Schools, (231) 933-8995

Safe Routes to Willow Hill Elementary School

Walking and Biking Audit Planned for September 12

 

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., the City of Traverse City Safe Routes to School team will host a Walking and Biking Audit at Willow Hill Elementary School to assess routes students use to walk and bike to school. Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is a national and state program to increase walking and biking to school along safe routes.

Community members, parents and students are encouraged to participate in the Walking and Biking Audit. Participants will help identify the safest routes for children to walk and bike to school. The event will include directions to use a simple checklist, walk or bike a designated route, mapping results, and developing recommendations to increase safe walking and biking to school. The walking and/or biking portion of the audit will take approximately 50 minutes. Snacks will be provided. Please plan on 2 hours total.

Who:                     Community members, parents and students

What:                    SR2S Audit for Willow Hill Elementary School

When:                   September 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Where:                  Participants are asked to meet at the school library

1250 Hill Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Findings of the Walking and Biking Audits will be used to create a SR2S action plan to increase safety on routes students walk or bike to Willow Hill Elementary School. A benefit to students from Safe Routes to School is the regular physical activity they receive from walking or biking daily to and from school. A recent national survey found that while 70% of parents walked or bicycled to school as children, only 18% of their children walk or bike to school today.

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. 

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