Safe Routes To School
Safe Routes to Schools programs enable community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to school. In the process, programs are working to reduce traffic congestion and improve health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone.
The Pickerington Safe Routes to Schools committee identified needs, obtained statistics and mapped every crosswalk, stop sign and curb ramp in the Pickerington Local School District. In 2010, we applied for funding and were awarded a grant of $343,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation. This grant will be used to design and construct sidewalks within the Chevington Village subdivision.
Approximately one mile of new sidewalk was constructed along Easton Drive, Village Way and Ravine Avenue. The new sidewalk connects with existing sidewalks, providing a loop within Chevington Village. New flashing lights will be installed on Melrose Boulevard. Additionally, the dirt and mulch walking path south of Violet Elementary was replaced with a new concrete sidewalk, providing a better connection to the Melrose subdivision. Constructed was completed by mid 2013. We have currently applied for grant funds for 2014 so we can continue to make our neighborhoods safer for our children.