Transportation is an important issue for the students in the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) who do not receive bus service. Additionally, some parents of school-age children are not comfortable allowing them to walk to school, amid safety concerns. The Onondaga County Health Department is partnering with TCI, SCSD and the City of Syracuse Transportation Planner to develop and implement “Smart Steps” routes to school at Franklin Elementary and Dr. Weeks Elementary Schools in the Northside neighborhood.
These efforts will be supplemented by health education equipment and promotional materials about pedestrian safety for students, parents, and faculty, proper signage around schools and crosswalks, and bicycle racks and locks for students who ride to school.
There will be an official unveiling of the “Smart Steps” routes on October 2, 2019 – which is National Walk to School Day. Stay tuned for a recap in our December newsletter!