City announces programs to make walking to school safer for BX and city kids
The city's Department of Transportation unveiled two new programs to make getting to school safer.Under the first program, called "Safe Routes to Schools, the DOT along with a consultant group will examine schools deemed top priority and determine if traffic safety improvements are needed. Improvements include sidewalk widening, installation of raised center medians and changes to street design and traffic. The second initiative is the Walk-to-School Program, which encourages kids to walk to school rather than being driven. By doing this, city officials hope to cut down on double and triple parking.A total of 25 Bronx schools were named by the Department of Transportation as needing safety improvements.