from InMotion, Sept 2018
Many students rely on active transportation for their school commute, but not all have a safe route to do so. Eugene School District 4J, the City of Eugene, and Lane County recently worked together to improve the infrastructure around several 4J schools to make it safer and more appealing for students to walk, bike, skate or scoot to school. Here’s some projects that went in this summer to make the return to school safer and better for walking and biking:
- At Gilham Elementary new crosswalks were installed on Honeywood in front of the school to replace a crosswalk that was on a blind curve.
- A new pedestrian island and marked crosswalk were installed on Gilham Rd at Elkhorn Dr. to break up a half mile stretch with no marked crossings. This new crossing will serve students and Gilham Elementary and Cal Young Middle School.
Two projects around Howard Elementary and Kelly Middle, also serving North Eugene High School, Yujin Gakuen and Corridor create stretches of a growing network of safer streets in a region with poor infrastructure for active transportation. Those improvements include:
- Building a sidewalk on the west side of Grove St between Maxwell Rd and Howard Ave. Grove is a key connector in the area because the Grove/Maxwell intersection has the only traffic light on Maxwell between Northwest Expressway and River Road (a 35 mph street).
- Building a sidewalk on the east side of North Park Ave between Howard Ave and Hatton Dr to the south, bringing students walking on North Park Ave by Kelly out of the ditch and the road by; adding a marked crossing and completing sidewalk gaps at Hatton Dr; and adding traffic calming on North Park Ave from the school south to Kelly Ln.
The Safe Routes to School team is available to help with route planning and other support for families interested in having their students walk, bike, skate or scoot to school. Click here to find the contact for your district’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator for assistance.
Safe Routes to School is gearing up for a fun fall, encouraging students to use active transportation, bus and carpool for their school commute. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.