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Safe routes to school meeting Oct. 27 at Northwest

By John Published: October 19, 2010

Canal Fulton and Northwest schools hope to get federal money through the Ohio Department of Transportation to develop safe routes to walk or bike to school. Officials are seeking the public's ideas at a meeting on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Middle School (cafeteria), 8614 Erie Avenue NW.

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Northwest School District – Canal Fulton Safe Routes to School

Town Hall Mtg Oct. 27, 2010

 The Safe Routes to School – Travel Plan Committee needs input this fall from community members, parents, students and school officials to assist with assessing the needs and developing the details of the NW - Canal Fulton School Travel Plan. There will be a Town Hall Meeting about the project Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 7 pm in the NW Middle School Cafeteria at 8614 Erie Ave. NW, Canal Fulton, OH 44614.

 Federal funds have been made available through the Ohio Department of Transportation to create a Safe Routes to Schools Program.  The purpose of the Safe Routes to Schools Program is to encourage more K-8 students to walk or ride bicycles to school.  Sidewalks, bike paths, street lights, cross walks; etc can be constructed as well as crossing-guard training and student education programs can be funded through a Safe Routes to Schools Grant.  No local tax dollars are required for these fully funded federal grants.

 The City of Canal Fulton and Northwest Local School District are working together to gather the required information to submit a Canal Fulton - Northwest School Travel Plan in July 2011. A completed School Travel Plan is required to apply for program funding.

The City and School District are working towards the goal of increasing the number of students who ride bikes or walk safely to school. There is a need in the community to improve safe options so that parents, city and school officials are confident in encouraging students to walk and/or bike to school. Having more students walk or bike to school will decrease the automobile congestion at the schools which will improve safety and decrease air pollution, as well as develop healthy exercise habits in students.

 For more information contact Mark Cozy, Canal Fulton City Manager at 330-854-2225 x 1119. 

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