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Safe Routes Action Plan for West Middle School and Central Grade School: Nov 20

by Missy Luick
Friday, November 10, 2017

November 9, 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 West Middle and Central Grade Schools:

Action Plan meetings set for November 20

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- The Safe Routes to School teams at West Middle and Central Grade schools will be hosting Action Plan meetings to assess possible improvements to make routes students use to walk and bike to school safer. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is a national and state program to increase walking and biking to school along safe routes.

Attend the Meeting: The Action Plan meetings for West Middle and Central Grade Schools will take place on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Committee Room, 2nd Floor, Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Ave, Traverse City MI 49684.

  • Who should attend: Community members, neighborhood associations and school communities are encouraged to participate in the Action Plan meetings.
  • Meeting agenda: Participants will review walking audit comments and maps to 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 1 hour.

Take the Survey: 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/ and scroll down to the school that your child(ren) attend and click the link. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.

For more information about SRTS 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 SRTS 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).

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