Friday, August 22, 2008

Amidon-Bowen Elementary Participating in "Safe Routes to School" Program

Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, located at the corner of 4th & I Street, is one of 13 schools from across the city that will benefit from Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells' new DC Safe Routes to School program, according to this press release from the council member's office. DC received $5 million in federal dollars for all 13 schools. From the press release: "Each winning school will form a safe routes team composed of parents, teachers, principals, health and safety specialists and community members. The teams will develop and implement a safe routes plan which will include diverse elements such as bicycle and pedestrian safety training for students; infrastructure improvements (such as signs, signals, crosswalks, sidewalks, and traffic calming measures); enhanced MPD enforcement of traffic rules; and education and outreach activities targeted toward students and families." I'm assuming the reopening of 4th Street through the old Waterside Mall will be incorporated into plans for increasing safety near Amidon-Bowen Elementary. The DC Safe Routes to School program is an off-shoot of the Safe Routes to School State Network Implementation Project, where the District and nine states, including Virginia, will identify and provide technical assistance to locals schools within their communities.

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