Officials researching walking audit studies near 2 local schools

Participants from the city of Grand Haven and Grand Haven Area Public Schools recently conducted walking audits on routes to two local schools, and now the results are being studied by researchers at several universities to see what improvements can be made. "We had a good turnout,' City Manager Pat McGinnis said of the audits, which took place on Monday morning at both Mary A. White Elementary and White Pines Middle schools.
Alex Doty
May 26, 2011

The city and the school district received a grant to study the neighborhoods near the two schools. A research team from Michigan State and Wayne State universities have spent time in Grand Haven to survey the routes, count traffic and identify threats to a safe walking and biking environment.

The researchers also surveyed students to discover why they do or do not walk or bike to school, and the team of students was used to identify areas of need during their walking audits near the schools.

“The MSU team will be going back to East Lansing and going through this stuff,” McGinnis said. “They’ll get that (data) together and issue a study report.”

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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