Creating safer, more walk-able communities

Getting involved with the Safe Routes to School program/opportunities, Complete Streets efforts and the Ped/Bike Committee are just a few ways to work with like-minded folks to create safer, more walk-able communities.

  • MA DOT Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program hosts International Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day in October.  This year it will be on October 3, 2018.
    • Use this as an opportunity to jump start walking efforts!  Get free prizes for the kiddos if you register your elementary school here.
  • Contact SRTS’ Judith Crocker if you are interested in learning more about how to support walking/biking efforts to and from your school.
  • Here are many SRTS Education, Encouragement, Enforcement documents that may be helpful
  • Walking School Bus Guide

If safe sidewalks & streets are available, more people will walk & bike!

  • The City of Melrose & Town of Wakefield both have passed Complete Streets policies.  Complete Streets are for users of all ages & abilities; they are designed for all modes of transportation including cars, bikes, pedestrians, motorcycles, trucks, wheelchairs, strollers & buses.  The Town and City efforts are prioritized based on many criteria, safer routes to school being one of them.
    • In January 2018, the City received Tier 3 Complete Streets (CS) funding from MA DOT in the amount of $377, 211 for: Melrose High School/Middle School walking & biking improvements (as well as Bike Network North-South and Howard Street ADA upgrades, intersection realignment, and crossing improvements).
    • Here is an assessment that was done by Watson Active & Walk Boston specific to the Melrose High School/Middle School: Melrose Campus BikePed Project – Final Report
    • The latest on the Wakefield Complete Streets Program, follow this link.

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