Creating safer routes to Congdon Elementary School

By KBJR News 1

March 3, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 11:18 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Creating safer routes to and from School; that's the goal of the Safe Routes to School Committee. It was also the focus of a community meeting Monday at Duluth's Congdon Elementary School.

Community members talked with education leaders about any issues they have.

The committee is working to connect trails to the lake walk and to build a crossing at Superior Street and Congdon Park Drive.

They are also brainstorming ways to alert motorists and heighten awareness around school zones.

"Maybe its signage, maybe it's putting up some flags,” Principal Kathi Kusch-Marshall said. “There are a variety of things we could do.”

Creating safer areas will help kids and parents feel more comfortable about walking and biking to school.

"Parents have expressed that they have concern about the safety of the students and before we can encourage them to engage in that healthy activity of walking and biking every day we need to do what we can to make sure it's safe," Joe Gorham, SLC Public Health Nurse.

The Safe Routes to School Committee plans incorporate the comments and concerns from families at the meeting and present it to city engineers within the next month.

Jennifer Walch
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