Protecting children through pedestrian safety
The Bike Fed team coordinated with school principals in this important effort to improve the safety and health of children attending neighborhood schools.
The Wisconsin Bike Fed will work with Milwaukee Public Schools on Thursday (Sept. 8) to make it safer for children to walk to their classrooms, and remind motorists to yield to pedestrians young and old.
Jake Newborn, who coordinates the Milwaukee Safe Routes to Schools Program, will guide students across streets near the Hopkins Lloyd School, 1503 W. Hopkins St., from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and the Clarke St. School, 2816 W. Clarke St., from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jessica Wineberg, the Wisconsin Bike Fed Share and Be Aware program manager, will guide students at the Maryland Avenue Montessori School from 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m
The Bike Fed team coordinated with school principals in this important effort to improve the safety and health of children attending neighborhood schools. The team will use “Yield for Pedestrians” signs to remind motorists of their responsibility to drive safely and protect people walking.
“Our children and families shouldn’t have to be scared to walk across the street to get to school,” Newborn said. “This action is meant to educate drivers of cars as well as people who walk of their rights and responsibility to keep all of members of our community safe while using the streets.”
The groups crossing together will be a visible reminder, and a valuable one. Twenty nine people have been killed while walking on Wisconsin streets this year, and the death toll is roughly on pace to match the 54 pedestrian deaths in 2015.
Please contact Tom Held (414-550-0662) or Jake Newborn (414-255-0377) with any questions.
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