Safe Routes to School

Next year a select group of students in Warren County may use their own two feet to get to school.

The Greenways Commission has applied for a grant to start a "walking school bus" where students who live close to their school can walk or bike to class with supervision.

Rita Muratalla, with Bowling Green City Schools, says: "Several of our schools they have a lot of people who walk to school, and anyway we can make it safer for students then that's something we want to do."

The Greenways Commission, along with Bowling Green City, and Warren County Schools are all working on this project.

Muratalla says: "We train volunteers to walk students or walk with them when they bicycle ride to school."

The Greenways Commission has applied for a grant to begin a pilot project to encourage students with-in walking distance to either walk or bike to school.

The grant will be used to provide safety enhancements like sidewalk improvements and training for the schools, volunteers, and students.

Helen Siewers with the Greenways Commission says: "They aren't born knowing where to walk or what to do when a car comes along, they aren't born with the judgment to stop or get out of the way, and these are ways of helping them learn."

The Greenways Commission says it will know if the grant was approved in June. If it is four pilot schools will be chosen.

For more information you can log onto www.saferoutes.ky.gov.


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