Transpo Promotes Safe Routes to School at Stillwater Elementary
To help support Safe Routes to School, and provide students with insight into the city planning process, Transpo provided second graders at Stillwater Elementary School in Carnation, WA with reflective safety lights to promote visibility when walking to school. As part of a social studies unit exploring the interactions and processes associated with citizens and local government, the students wrote letters to senior planner Patrick Lynch, asking for help with a safety scenario. The students were concerned about speeding cars on a road near the school. Patrick replied with a letter, outlining how citizens or concerned groups would typically work with a city to define a problem, gather public input, perform traffic studies and analyze behaviors to support changes that increase safety. He also discussed pedestrian and bicyclist awareness, and the importance of visibility. The safety flashers were well-received by the students.