Safe Routes

More than 150 students took part in yesterday’s Bike-to-School Day presented by Safe Routes Chagrin. Many biked along with parents for the fun-filled morning, which included a police escort down East Washington Street and Einstein bagels and raffle drawings at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School. See full story on A3.

When Chagrin Falls resident Kathryn S. Garvey, a mother of three, first gathered a group of parents in 2007 to share concerns about the need for safe walkability for their children to and from school, “all we wanted were crossing guards at the time,” she recalled with a laugh.

What has grown from that grassroots, informal effort is not only year-round programming and key infrastructure improvements that created a more safe, walkable community, but most importantly, vital work that resulted in a sustainable one.

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