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Mayor William F. Martin, Greenfield students

Greenfield Mayor William F. Martin, students

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) and Greenfield Public Schools announced a city-wide kickoff of a walking school bus program at three Greenfield elementary schools at an event this week. The City of Greenfield has been a Massachusetts Safe Routes to School partner since 2012, and has been active in providing pedestrian safety trainings for their elementary school students each year. The celebration was held at the Newton School with remarks from Mayor William Martin, Greenfield Superintendent Jordana Harper, and Erin Reed, Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Statewide Coordinator.

A walking school bus is a fun, social, physically active, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation. It is one of the most popular Safe Routes to School activities to get students motivated to walk and bike to and from school. Walking school buses reach children no matter the distance between school and home, and can be modified for students with mobility impairments.

Greenfield used a city-wide approach when working with SRTS to plan their walking school bus programs at the Newton School, Federal Street School, and Discovery School at Four Corners. Prior to the walking school bus kickoff, all three schools worked with SRTS to receive pedestrian safety trainings for their students and to identify potential walking routes.

With Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day quickly approaching on May 6th, the City of Greenfield picked the perfect time to kick off their walking school bus program. On May 6th, students, schools, and communities across the Commonwealth will join together to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking to school. Greenfield has registered their events and is excited to have their walking school buses participate.

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), with funds from the Federal Highway Administration. SRTS is a key component of the Healthy Transportation Compact, an initiative of the Patrick Administration’s historic transportation reform law. Safe Routes to School enables direct collaboration between schools and communities to promote active transportation such as walking and bicycling to school, as fun, safe, and sustainable travel options. Safe Routes to School programs currently reach 675 elementary and middle schools in 180 communities across the Commonwealth.

For more information on Massachusetts Safe Routes to School: visit SRTS at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot/saferoutes

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