Community invited to attend kick-off meeting for Chelsea Safe Routes to Schools
Public invited to discuss issues in their neighborhoods
The Chelsea and Dexter Wellness Coalitions have 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 (SR2S) in Chelsea. The program is also being launched in Dexter. SR2S is an international movement and a federal program, designed to make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school.
One of the most important components of this initiative is getting input from community members about the current barriers to safe walking and biking for school-age children. The public is invited and encouraged to share their opinions and bring attention to issues in their neighborhood at a SR2S kickoff meeting.
The Chelsea Kickoff meeting will be Thursday, October 11th at South Meadows Elementary School (335 Pierce Street, Chelsea) with refreshments and socializing at 6:30 pm and the meeting beginning at 7 pm.“The Safe Routes to School program is a powerful way to address not only safely getting students from home to school and back, but also the larger issues of child obesity and energy related impacts on our environment, “ said Warren Rauhe, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture with Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction. “As a program is developed to encourage and educate both children and parents about walking and biking to school, enforcement issues are reviewed, and physical improvements are considered, it is vital that the ideas and perspective from everyone can be shared with the planning team and one another. The kickoff meeting is that opportunity.”
The meetings in Dexter and Chelsea are the first step in a process that will take much of the school year. In addition to gathering input from the community, a multidisciplinary team from MSU will visit each of the two schools selected in both districts to study the way that students, parents, cars and buses interact with the built environment. A group of students will also do walking and biking audits, where they walk and bike routes to school with adult supervision and take notes on the conditions that they encounter along the way. SR2S Action Plans will be completed for all four schools in May 2013.For more information about this initiative, please visit: Safe Routes to School Michigan [www.saferoutesmichigan.org]
Chelsea Safe Routes to School Kick Off Meeting
Thursday, October 11
South Meadows Elementary School
335 Pierce St.
Refreshments and socializing at 6:30 pm. The meeting will begin at 7 pm