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City looking to update Safe Routes to School plan

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The city of La Crosse Planning and Development Department is encouraging more kids to walk and bike to school.

Since the 1960’s, the practice of walking and biking to school has decreased dramatically. As of 2017, only 11% of K-8th graders walk or bike to school. That is why La Crosse officials are working to update their Safe Routes to School plan.

La Crosse became the first city in Wisconsin to implement the plan back in 2007, and has since completed many projects and activities. Now, city officials are looking for recommendations on street and sidewalk projects that will benefit walking and biking for every school in the district.

“When you drive or walk by a school, it is a really busy place at drop-off and pickup. We are going to have a consultant come and observe the 22 schools in La Crosse and examine those arrival and dismissal periods. We will see if there are any recommendations they can make to make it safer or better for people to walk and bike to school,” said Jack Zabrowski, the associate planner for the city of La Crosse Planning and Development Department.

The public will be able to weigh in on the Safe Routes to School plan during a meeting on Wednesday, December 4 at Northside Elementary in La Crosse. There will be a brief presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by an open house.

Allante Walker

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