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safe-routes-to-school-milton-june-2017MassDOT joined students, parents, and local leaders to celebrate the completion of pedestrian access and safety improvements at the Glover Elementary School in Milton.

The improvements were constructed by MassDOT with funds from the Federal Highway Administration and support through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS). The newly created infrastructure will support walking and bicycling for not only today’s children, but also for future generations.

“The MassDOT Safe Routes to School Program provides communities across the Commonwealth with opportunities to enhance key infrastructure to ensure safe walking and biking to schools,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “These improvements encourage healthier travel options and provide students, parents, school staff, and community members with new resources to better connect schools to the surrounding area.”

The constructed pedestrian, bicycle, and access enhancements included new and improved sidewalks on Brook Road, as well as on the southbound side of Canton Avenue. New islands were also created to slow traffic, shorten the distance of the intersection, and to create easier site lines for roadway users. Additionally, new ADA-compliant ramps were installed along with new signage and pavement markings to indicate bike lanes and crosswalks.

“MassDOT is very excited to partner with local school leaders across the Commonwealth to create safe school zones for children, teachers, staff and community members,” said MassDOT Director of Sustainable Mobility Jackie DeWolfe.  “MassDOT is committed to facilitating safe travel for everyone on Massachusetts’ roadways, and the Safe Routes to School program is a great example of how collaboration with municipalities helps us achieve that goal.”

Since partnering with the SRTS Program in 2008, The Glover Elementary School staff and parents collaborated with MassDOT to address neighborhood safety related barriers for students who want to walk or bicycle to school. School partners receive year-round pedestrian and bicycle safety education instruction as well as engagement initiatives tailored to meet the school’s health, safety and environmental priorities.

“The partnership between the Glover Elementary School community and the Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) enhances the safety and security of the school neighborhood by prioritizing the wellbeing of our students as they travel to and from their learning environment,” said Senator Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton). “I commend MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, SRTS Director Diane Hanson, and Glover School Principal Karen McDavitt for their leadership in promoting the health and safety of our students.”

“The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program works with elementary and middle schools across the Commonwealth to educate students on the principles of safe walking and bicycling behaviors,” said Massachusetts SRTS Director Diane Hanson. “The program works with public elementary and middle schools to educate students on how they can safely get to and from school using active transportation.”

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation with funds from the Federal Highway Administration. The program model of inclusiveness emphasizes a collaborative, community-focused approach that fosters mutual partnerships between advocacy groups, law enforcement, education leaders and public health departments that all work together to promote safer routes for children to get to school. Participating schools may also qualify for financial support for improvements to sidewalks and other infrastructure surrounding the schools. The program serves over 50% of the Commonwealth’s public elementary and middle schools in 200 communities. School partners receive year-round pedestrian and bicycle safety education instruction, as well as engagement initiatives tailored to meet each school’s health, safety, and environmental priorities.

Learn more about the Massachusetts SRTS Program.

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