Celebrate National Walk to School Day! Cresta Road Safe Routes to School Project Ribbon Cutting Wednesday, Oct. 6
The City of Colorado Springs, Drive Smart Colorado and Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 will be celebrating National Walk to School Day this Wednesday, October 6 with an organized walk-to-school event to Gold Camp Elementary School (1805 Preserve Drive). The walk will be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Cresta Road sidewalks funded by federal Safe Routes to School grant funds.
Students will be meeting at 7:15 a.m. at several locations to begin their walk to school. The ribbon cutting will be held at 7:45 a.m. near the corner of Cresta Road and Preserve Drive. City, school and district officials as well as several Gold Camp Elementary School parents will offer their remarks on the Cresta Road Safe Routes to School project at 8:15 a.m. at Gold Camp Elementary School.
Cresta Road once had an inconsistent sidewalk network, which created barriers to walking and bicycling for students attending these schools. To address these barriers, two miles of new sidewalk and 32 accessible ramps were constructed with $285,000 of federal Safe Routes to School grant funds and an additional $115,000 of local match funds, including PPRTA capital safety funding. Coupled with the existing bicycle lanes on Cresta Road, Parkside Drive and Cheyenne Blvd. (funded with dedicated City Bicycle Excise Tax and PPRTA Bikeways project funding), students now have continuous facilities to walk and bicycle to and from these schools in District 12.
The federal Safe Routes to School program provides communities and schools with funding for safety education and promotion as well as engineering and infrastructure solutions to support walking and bicycling to school. The City of Colorado Springs, with support from District 12 and the affected schools, submitted two successful grant applications for Safe Routes to School grant funding in 2005 and 2006 to construct a more complete sidewalk network along Cresta Road to improve access to Gold Camp Elementary School, Canon Elementary School (now Canon Preschool), Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School, and Cheyenne Mountain Senior High School.
City of Colorado Springs Drive Smart Colorado
Dave Krauth, City Traffic Engineer Maile Gray, Director
(719) 385-5908 (719) 444-7534
Gold Camp Elementary School Cheyenne Mountain School District 12
Kallene Casias, Principal Walt Cooper, Superintendent
(719) 327-2820 (719) 475-6100
City of Colorado Springs Public Communications
Julie Smith ? (719) 385-5256
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