City paves safer paths to school under new program

The city is paving safer paths to school under a new program that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration hopes will increase physical fitness and better pedestrian safety for students and their families.

The city launched a revised “Safe Routes to School” campaign, which starting this year will mark the safest routes in a 500-feet radius of 126 elementary and middle schools throughout the city.

The first school to see the new routes – distinguished by lime green feet – will be Arlington Elementary/Middle. Along the pathways, the city also made improvements to things like street signs and crosswalks.

“In order to keep Baltimore growing, we have to make the necessary investments in education that will attract new residents and give those residents already here more reasons to stay,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “My administration is focused on a number of strategic partnerships with Dr. [Gregory] Thornton’s administration that will build off of the momentum from the historic $1 billion investment we secured for school construction funds.  One of those partnerships is working to make sure children can get to school safely.”

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