Safe Routes To School

library 091Walking or riding a bike to the McAuliffe and Robinson Schools in the city’s Centralville neighborhood is a whole lot safer than ever before.

The addition of 1400 feet of sidewalk along the driveways of the McAuliffe School; 5-foot-wide bike lanes along the driveways; new ADA accessible wheelchair ramps; pavement markings; new traffic and pedestrian warning signs; and drainage modifications, have significantly improved pedestrian access to the McAuliffe and adjacent Robinson schools.

library 011library 069library 070The $450,000 project was funded by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program, designed to provide infrastructure improvements as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety education. The Safe Routes program, of which the McAuliffe School is one of 500 participating schools in 160 communities statewide, has also promoted anti-idling campaigns to decrease carbon emissions.

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Friday morning, city, school and state officials gathered with students from the McAuliffe and Robinson Schools to celebrate the improvements and discuss the importance of being active and the fun and safe ways to get to school like walking or riding your bike with a friend.

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