Students in North Andover were among thousands of students across the Commonwealth participating in Walk and Bicycle to School Day in May, as proclaimed by Governor Deval Patrick. MassDOT's Safe Routes to School team visited Thomson Elementary School in North Andover where students celebrated the Governor’s proclamation by walking and bicycling to school.
Through the Safe Routes to Schools program, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and MassRIDES provide students, parents, and the school community with education and training on transportation, safety, and health benefits from walking and bicycling to school. Participating schools also qualify for financial support for improvements to sidewalks and other infrastructure surrounding schools.
The Safe Routes to School program is a key component of the Healthy Transportation Compact, an initiative of the Patrick-Murray Administration's historic transportation reform that promotes collaboration between the departments of transportation and public health to adopt best practices, increase efficiency, and achieve positive health outcomes through the coordination of land use, transportation, and public health policy.