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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Support Safe Routes to Shools

  • The city of McPherson needs the community’s support for an important grant application it will soon submit to the Kansas Department of Transportation.
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  • The city of McPherson needs the community’s support for an important grant application it will soon submit to the Kansas Department of Transportation.
    The grant will help fund a study to develop a Safe Routes to Schools project for Roosevelt Elementary School in McPherson.
    Safe Routes to Schools helps cities develop safe walking and biking routes between residential areas and schools. With an increasing problem with childhood lethargy and obesity in the U.S., Safe Routes to Schools gives students a positive means of engaging in exercise.
    The surrounding neighborhood also benefits as the pedestrian and bike routes are improved for all residents’ use.
    Roosevelt was chosen for this project because a large number of students already walk or bike to this school.
    More residential development is already slated for southern McPherson, which will likely increase the need for safe pedestrian traffic ways.
    The school district already has endorsed the project.
    The program includes five Es — education, engineering, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation.
    If the city is awarded the grant, it will receive a 100 percent grant for about $15,000 to do a study to determine what work needs to be done to develop better walking and biking routes surrounding Roosevelt.
    As a part of the study, a survey will be sent to Roosevelt parents on what barriers they see to students walking and biking to school at this time.
    KDOT then will pay a portion of the engineering and construction costs for the improvements that are identified.
    These could include new sidewalks, ramps, pedestrian crossings, traffic signals and bike parking.
    Anything the McPherson community can do to support safe travel and exercise among youth should be made a priority.
    Safe Routes to Schools is a top-notch program that has been proven successful in other communities. It needs the community’s full support.

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