New Sidewalks Make Schools Safer

New sidewalks should make a handful of schools safer soon. It's part of the North Carolina "Safe Routes To School Project."

EB Aycock Middle School in Greenville will get a new sidewalk on Red Banks Road from 14th to Charles Boulevard. Ayden Elementary and Middle School will get 4,300 feet of new sidewalk and signals for pedestrian crossings. Crews will build or repair 2.2 miles of sidewalks at Maysville Elementary in Jones County, and at First Flight Middle in Kill Devil Hills, a new 10-foot wide shared use path is going up on West First Street.

Interim Safe Routes to School Coordinator Sarah O'Brien said in a press release, “Communities in North Carolina are demanding more transportation choices around their schools. Just one generation ago, it was common for students to walk or bike to school. These projects will not only help get us back to that quality of life in our neighborhoods, they can provide an economic boost to local agencies.”

According to the press release more than $3.4 million will go to 13 projects that include constructing new sidewalks or greenways, and installing school zone signs, bicycle parking racks and pedestrian signals. Funds will also help improve intersections by constructing wheelchair ramps and marking crosswalks.


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  • by Biker Location: Pitt Co on Sep 9, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    Sure would be great if Pitt Co would use federal funds like these to place Greenville on a "Road Diet" and systematically design and build a city that does more than encourage an unhealthy lifestyle and addiction to foreign oil. Sidewalks and bike lanes should be required on every road near any public building. We all pay enough in increased retail prices for large parking lots in huge strip malls that are inaccessible to anything but cars.
  • by BB Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    Interesting that Greenville taps into federal funds to retrofit schools to cover up the sidewalks that have been neglected in the first place because of poor planning. Notice that Greenville will spend over 22 million on more lanes for Firetower but not spend any of these funds on painting stripes for bike lanes there or near these schools. So sad!
  • by Steven Location: Farmville on Sep 9, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    I wish that other towns would have similar plans to install sidewalks and bike lanes to all of their schools. It would be great to get and keep kids healthier and safer if they got some exercise on their way to school everyday.
  • by cm Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    Sidewalks are great for people walking places and this may help these couple of schools some but Greenville has a long, long way to paint lines on enough bike lanes to make Greenville even close to being safe for kids. In the meantime it would be great of the police would stop the cyclists riding against traffic, kids riding without helmets, no lights at nighttime, and riding illegally on the sidewalks.
  • by cj Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    Glad to hear that some federal dollars are finally being put to good use. Hopefully this will encourage more kids and staff to walk and ride their bikes to school. Research shows the health benefits of both and the need for stimulant medication is reduced when kids exercise. Maybe having more kids bike to school will slow some of these drivers down, reduce obesity, and have more attentive students.
  • by Bill on Sep 9, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    Seems like a waste of money since Pitt County busses their students to the farthest away school from their home. They won't be walking or heaven forbid, riding their bikes.
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