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City-Wide Safe Routes to School Committee Meets

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The City-Wide Safe Routes to School Committee met Tuesday to discuss Broadwater and McKinley schools.

The two schools are being renovated as a part of the bond. Committee members used an Active School Neighborhood Checklist*to get scores for how walkable or bikeable the schools are. Both scored in the low to moderate range. To improve the safety, the committee is trying to ensure access around the school for bicyclists and pedestrians, and committee members are looking to create safer crosswalks.

"I think it's a win-win," said Kathy Aragon, School District Two trustee. "If we make improvements for kids who are walking and biking to school, and make it easier for them to walk and bike to school, there's less congestion in the neighborhood, vehicular congestion in the neighborhood. Our kids are safer. And also our adults are safer."

The committee is scheduling a walkabout at Broadwater and McKinley, to assess the schools and their surroundings for safe access for walking and biking. They will make recommendations to the school board and the city.