CHIPPEWA VALLEY (WQOW) – Three school districts in the Chippewa Valley are combining efforts to identify safe routes for students.
The initiative, which promotes walking or biking to school, was formed by the West Central Regional Planning Commission and includes Eau Claire, Altoona and Chippewa Falls school districts.
The commission used surveys from parents and help from the communities near schools to identify the best and safest routes for students.
The ultimate goal is for parents to feel comfortable allowing their students to get to school themselves, and in turn, reduce traffic in the areas.
“It’s one thing to ensure that we’re doing what we can from a built-infrastructure perspective, and it’s totally another to make sure that parents feel comfortable sending their kids to school, either on bike or on foot,” said Joshua Clements, city planning director for Altoona.
Along with its approved routes, the group plans to send information home to parents regarding safe practices when commuting.
Some of those tips include being aware of surroundings, walking in groups and wearing easily visible clothing when biking.