We’re excited to partner with Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS),Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools (GTACS), Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD), Trinity Lutheran School and The City of Traverse City on a Safe Routes To School infrastructure grant to address walk/bike barriers around our neighborhood schools.
Norte! is in support of a resolution to be put before the Traverse City Commission this Monday, October 24th. It is a resolution to support a Safe Routes to School infrastructure grant 10 schools within the city limits:
We believe outcomes of the Safe Routes to School program will result in a better place for all city residents. A city where residents are safer, healthier, happier and more connected.
The SRTS systematic approach starts with surveying parents, school staff, and students, assessing what is there by conducting walking and biking audits, evaluating needs, and developing an action plan. Funds are made available to improve and build facilities, as well as funding for important education and encouragement pieces so facilities are well used.
We believe the following are some of the positive outcomes and reasons for approving the resolution:
- Creating a walking and bicycling culture sets habits for an active, healthy lifestyle beginning at an early age.
- The planning, development, and implementation of projects will reduce traffic congestion and fuel consumption, reduce air pollution in the vicinity of schools, and create safer streets as bike/walk rates increase.
- All of the many positive benefits that come from actively transporting yourself to school such as:
- better concentration in class
- improved cognitive abilities
- stronger sense of community and understanding of the built environment
- learning to safely navigate around our community
- more exercise
- sense of empowerment and independence
- We believe it is the right of all children to be able to walk and bike to school safely and should be a high priority for our city and our schools in the city.
- A lack of physical activity plays a leading role in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children. Engaging in active transportation to and from school builds activity into daily routines.
We encourage TC residents, and especially families with children who attend in-town schools, to make your voice heard. Please consider writing the City Commissioners at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or better yet, attend the City Commission meeting, at the Governmental Center at 7 PM this Monday, October 24th.
Meeting agenda HERE.