Massachusetts Safe Routes to School

Christopher Columbus school in Medford is a partner of the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, an initiative through the Executive Office of Transportation to educate and encourage healthy alternatives for traveling to school. The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program promotes healthy alternatives for children and parents in their travel to and from school through educating students, parents and community members on the value of walking, bicycling, carpooling, and taking public transit.

The Columbus School has several exciting initiatives for the upcoming warm weather months. To lead up to Massachusetts Walk to School Day on May 7th, WalkBoston will be leading a pedestrian safety training for Columbus’ second graders instilling basic rules of the road to make their walk to school a safer and more enjoyable experience. In addition, prizes will be provided to students demonstrating safe walking behaviors during the month of April at cross walks around the school.

Safe Routes to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community. Its immediate success and ultimate sustainability depends on volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about the program or volunteering your time, please contact Ben Hammer at Ben.Hammer@eot.state.ma.us. For web resources on the program, please visit www.commute.com or www.saferoutesinfo.org.