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Safe Routes Audit for West Middle School: Nov 8

by Missy Luick
Friday, November 3, 2017

November 3, 2017



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 West Middle School

Walking and Biking Audit Planned for November 8 

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 2:45 p.m., the City of Traverse City Safe Routes to School team will host a Walking and Biking Audit at West Middle School to assess routes students use to walk and bike to school. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) 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 90 minutes total. Please dress for the weather.

Who:      Community members, parents and students

What:     SR2S Audit for West Middle School

When:    November 8, 2017 at 2:45 p.m.

Where:   Participants are asked to meet at the school cafeteria

   3950 Silver Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI 49684

Findings of the Walking and Biking Audits will be used to create a SRTS action plan to increase safety on routes students walk or bike to West Middle 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.