Milwaukee Safe Routes program recognized for efforts to support travel for students

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Local leaders recognized the Milwaukee Safe Routes to School program Friday, May 14.

The program, supported by the Department of Public Works and the Wisconsin Bike Federation, was honored as a recipient of the School 2021 Vision Zero for Youth Innovation Award.

The award was given to the program for its efforts to support safe walking and biking.

Feedback from eight of the participating Milwaukee schools, including Lincoln Avenue School, helped shape future projects to improve route conditions.

"At these workshops we gathered students, teachers, parents and other community members to first work in teams to discuss their safety issues they were seeing, and then decide how they would spend the project budget if they were in charge," said Marissa Meyer, Department of Public Works. 

DPW and the Wisconsin Bike Federation say they will be bringing a strategic program plan for safe routes to the Milwaukee Common Council this year. 

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