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Walking to school is cool

Sabrina Harris
Special to the Post Independent

Be a part of a global event as we celebrate the many benefits of walking. This year, come and join more than 3 million children, parents, and community leaders from 36 countries around the world in celebrating International Walk to School week, Oct. 3-7.

Since 2003, International Walk to School Week has been an energizing event that brings visibility to walking and biking and inspires a positive change around the world. It increases physical activity among children, teaches safety skills, eases traffic and improves the environment around schools. Communities rally for safer streets, to promote healthier habits and some to conserve the environment. The week serves as an opportunity to focus on the importance of physical activity, safety, and walkable communities. Walk to School activities often become a catalyst for ongoing efforts to increase safe walking and bicycling for a lifetime.

Some communities have organized working groups that assess the safety of school travel routes, make changes such as building crosswalks or adding crossing guards. They educate students and drivers about safety and encourage walking and biking to school. Some states, including Colorado, have passed legislation making funds available to support these efforts.

On the other hand, many communities have good conditions for walking and biking, but parents don’t feel safe letting their children ” especially young ones ” travel alone. For many of these schools, “walking school buses” are the answer. These are groups of children who walk designated routes to school under adult supervision, picking up kids along the way just like a bus. For some neighborhoods, it’s a casual group walk, while others set up a formal plan with adults scheduled to walk on certain days. Launch a bus that’s right for your neighborhood.

Construction Updates

Midland Avenue will remain closed on both sides of Eighth Street, and Eighth Street will be closed at the Roaring Fork River bridge, through the first week of October. Construction crews will be completing utility and grading work, curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks, pavement and a new traffic signal during the last part of September. Call the project hotline at 230-0683 for updated information or to leave a message with questions or comments.

The Exit 114 Improvements project continues paving the approaches of the new roundabouts and constructing the median islands. Construction activities that remain include permanent signing and striping, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping of the roundabouts.

For the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be completed by November, traffic may be reduced to a single 12-foot wide lane in either direction through the work zones. Hours of work will be daylight hours with occasional night work, Monday through Friday and some weekends, weather permitting. The speed limit through the construction zones will be reduced to 25 mph. Businesses adjacent to the project will remain open during construction and access to the businesses will be maintained.

Sabrina Harris is the transportation manager for Glenwood Springs. For updates on construction projects and maps of the construction areas, go to http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on the “Construction Alerts” link.

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