New partnership helps create safe routes to school

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) – Some young people in Lawrence will soon have a safer way to get to school thanks to a partnership between Indianapolis, the city of Lawrence and Lawrence schools.

The Safe Routes partnership is a way of encouraging kids to bike and walk to school. It’s focus is on safety, and also health.

At a meeting Wednesday night, members of the Safe Routes partnership, including Mayor Ballard, were on hand to explain what the campaign is all about. Thanks to a grant, and monies from the school district and cities, new sidewalks will be built around Skiles Test and Crestview Elementary schools. The sidewalks will connect the schools to their surrounding neighborhoods.

The goal is to make it easier and safer for kids to walk or bike to school, but it should benefit everyone in the area.

“People are walking more, bike riding and doing more of those things and if we can provide a safe place for them to do that, that’s what we want to do,” said Superintendent of Lawrence Township Schools, Dr. Shawn Smith.

The Safe Routes to School partnership is a nationwide program, that even partners with local law enforcement. Wednesday night, they even gave away a few bikes to neighborhood families.

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