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Dexter Safe Routes to School Hosts Kick-Off Meeting Oct. 10

Parents and community leaders will outline goals to promote safe walking programs in the Village of Dexter.

The Dexter Wellness Coalition has joined forces with the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation and Michigan State University's Small Town Design Initiative to launch the Safe Routes to School Program in Dexter.

Dexter's Safe Routes to School Program will encourage children to embark on a healthier lifestyle by providing increased safety education, enforcement, and infrastructure improvements that will help keep children safer when walking or biking to school.

The coalition will hold a kick-off meeting on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Creekside Intermediate School to gather input from community members on the current barriers to safe walking and biking in the village.

In addition to gathering input from the community, a multidisciplinary team from MSU will visit Wylie Elementary School and Creekside Intermediate School to examine the way that students, parents, cars and buses interact with the built environment.

Safe Routes to School action plans will be completed for all four schools in May 2013.

Parents who can not attend the meeting can email Kristen Delaney, program coordinator, at kristen@5healthytowns.org.

For more information about the program, visit http://saferoutesmichigan.org/.

Barbara Read October 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I've noticed more children and even families walking to and from school this year. Creekside is the tricky one because of Baker Rd. My son liked to walk home from Wylie sometimes, but that's pretty much out this year since he's moved up to Creekside. He could ride the shuttle to the hub and then walk, but he doesn't want to--plus there's the occasional Cello to tote along! Our daughter at Mill Creek walks home with a friend, though, and that works very well. She's old enough and there's a crossing guard. If the weather is bad, I can just swing by on my way home from Wylie and give them a ride.
Julie Norwood October 05, 2012 at 09:58 PM
They need better signage on kensington. Cars after picking up children from Wylie fly down that road. It is not safe when kids are crossing at various points along kensington. If you put a cop there to ticket I'm sure that will slow cars down.
Kevin McNulty October 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
The Safe Routes to School program is backed by the Federal Highway Administration and there is grant funding available for local municipalities. Here is their website: http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/
Barbara Read October 06, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I agree. Cars need to seriously slow down in the school zones.

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