Shine up your sneakers and dust off your bike helmets, because East Lansing Safe Routes to School is once again offering their Walk & Roll Safety Day! This free pedestrian and bike safety event is scheduled for Sunday, April 30th, from Noon to 2pm in the Northwest Parking Lot of the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, at the corner of Centerlawn and Forest.
Geared for kids ages 5-14, this outdoor event offers walking and biking education activities, including an obstacle course, a “Walk/Don’t Walk” game, helmet fittings, bike repair help, walking and biking safety quizzes, bike registration, games, giveaways, and more. An East Lansing PACE Officer will be on hand, along with the ELPD, and Buster the Bus from Dean Transportation.
The event is hosted by the City of East Lansing, and coordinated by East Lansing Safe Routes to School volunteers. Support for their efforts is provided by a Safe Routes to School mini-grant awarded to East Lansing Public Schools, through the Michigan Fitness Foundation. The District was just awarded a second mini-grant of about $19,000 for the 2017-2018 school year, in order to support efforts to make walking and biking to school safer in our community.
East Lansing Safe Routes to School’s goal is to encourage active (non-motorized) transportation to and from school for kids K-8, and to help make getting to and from school safer for all of our students. Active transportation has health and school achievement benefits for children, and also reduces traffic congestion and pollution around our schools. ELPS parents and community members who would like to learn more about ways to improve street and sidewalk safety around our schools can join the 'East Lansing Safe Routes to School' group on Facebook.
This school year, East Lansing Safe Routes to School has been offering traffic safety education to all elementary schools in East Lansing, as well as MacDonald Middle School. All five elementary schools participated in Walk to School Day for the first time this fall. The group is working to start up “walking school bus” routes throughout the District soon.
The Walk and Roll event page can be found here.
Hannah Community Center is located at 819 Abbot Road, in East Lansing.
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