Walk-to-school movement afoot across Mass

From the Boston Globe:

Walk-to-school movement afoot across Mass.
By James Vaznis Globe Staff / September 19, 2008

. . . “The current effort is taking root in densely-populated suburbs as well as cities, where elementary schools often serve many pupils who live within a mile walk.

Newton, Brockton, Stoneham, and Watertown this year hired townwide walking coordinators. In Newton, the coordinator helped the 15 elementary schools plot the residence of each child on a map and outline the safest route to school, noting the crossing guards along the way.

Later this year, the state transportation department will issue Abington, Worcester, and several other municipalities its first-ever recommendations about making the walk to school safer, after studying each area’s sidewalks, crosswalks, and signage. The locations are among 65 communities vying for millions of dollars in safety funds from the federal Safe Routes To School program, which fosters walking programs.”

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The piece does neglect to mention the National Safe Routes to School program.

“Community leaders, parents and schools across the U.S. are using Safe Routes to School programs to encourage and enable more children to safely walk and bike to school. The National Center for Safe Routes to School aims to assist these communities in developing successful Safe Routes programs and strategies. The Center offers a centralized resource of information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program, case studies of successful programs as well as many other resources for training and technical assistance.”

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