Safe-Routes-to-School Planning in Progress

safe-routes-to-schoolThis year, Marshall Public Schools, along with Healthy56258 representatives, are undertaking the Safe Routes to School planning process in order to identify barriers students face in walking and bicycling to school. Through this process, we aim to use the data we collect in order to make more informed decisions about walking and biking programming at the schools as well as the types of infrastructure projects the city might pursue. Through strategic infrastructure improvements as well as enhanced programming, we aim to increase the number of students walking and biking to school.

If you would like to give more input on barriers and routes to school, visit theWikiMap – a collaborative online mapping process for gathering visual input on Safe Routes to School. To access the WikiMap, go to: http://wikimapping.com/wikimap/Marshall-SRTS-Plan.html. The directions for how to use the WikiMap are listed when you visit the website.

Helpful issues and routes you can identify might include, but are not limited to: lack of crossing guards, high speed/congested traffic, dangerous intersections, no crosswalk, poor sidewalk conditions, sidewalk gaps, and routes you use or would like to use to school and after-school activities.

If you have any questions on Safe Routes to Schools in Marshall, feel free to contact your child’s school or the Southwest Regional Development Commission at 507-836-1633.

Photo courtesy of http://www.dot.state.mn.us/mnsaferoutes/programs/photo_contest.html.

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