City officials discuss Safe Routes to School with Mary A. White parents

Changes to Grand Haven Area Public Schools' bus policy for the new year is giving city officials and school administrators a chance to showcase their efforts in making a Safe Routes to School program a reality for children attending Mary A. White Elementary School and Lakeshore Middle School. "Safe Routes to School is naturally (about) increasing awareness about healthy behavior and getting kids to walk to school,' Mary A. White Elementary School
Alex Doty
Sep 1, 2011

Principal Val Livingston said Tuesday during a presentation to highlight the district’s efforts with the city to make walking to school safer.

Researchers from Michigan State and Wayne State universities recently conducted research and walking audits to see which areas could be improved for student safety to and from school. This research and its results were put into a final draft plan.

Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis said City Council will be asked to adopt the Safe Routes to School plan during its Sept. 6 meeting. Adopting the plan will allow the city to apply for grant funding to pay for infrastructure improvements related to safe routes.

McGinnis said this would be similar to activity recently done in the Village of Spring Lake. Projects could involve improvement to sidewalks and crosswalk areas, new signage, upgraded lighting, and other infrastructure-based safety improvements.

While large projects are still several years away, due to the availability of grant funding, city officials and school administrators say they are doing what they can now to provide safer routes to school for students.

“Right now, we’re looking at the low-hanging fruit,” McGinnis said.

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