Safe Routes To School Initiative

Posted on May 12, 2015, in Lancer Life

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May is National Bike Month and McKean Elementary students have kicked it off in style.

County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper and officials gathered at McKean Elementary School on Monday to announce the Safe Routes to School Initiative, a plan to help make streets safer for kids to travel on a bike. Research for this initiative will take place throughout the course of this year.

“Safe routes will impact McKean students tremendously,” said McKean Elementary physical education teacher Lisa Celeski. “Many of our kids do not have a safe place to bike at home. The area we live in is lovely, but the country roads make it difficult for young students to ride bikes. If safe routes were in place, our students would be able to ride, practice and as increase physical activity by riding to and from school.”

The Elementary Schools in the District do a five-week unit on bike safety. Students learn about safety, scenarios, road conditions, motor vehicles and hazards, as well as biking etiquette.

In the past, General McLane School District participated in a state grant that allowed the District to do a Safe Route to School study. This study analyzed McKean in order to learn what it would take to get students to walk safely to school.

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