Continue Safe Routes to School Initiative
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As a long time resident of the City and parent of children who have or are attending Lockport City schools, I have observed the difficulty of pedestrians (especially children) navigating the stretch of sidewalk along Beattie Avenue. Families who are pushing strollers, pulling their children in wagons, riding alongside their young new bicycle riders, daily walkers (some elderly), children walking/riding to and from school, and individuals in wheelchairs can be found on any given day, all hours of the day, traversing the sidewalk obstacles at each and every street entering along the Beattie Avenue route-between Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street. Many choose to use the street instead, some have fallen, and others express verbally their frustration as they cross over the curb into the street.
As a result, I am asking for the communities support in requesting that the City of Lockport install at each and every street (Georgia Avenue, Carolina Avenue, Vermont Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, and Haines Street) graded/sloped sidewalks to provide ease to the many pedestrians who travel along the route.
Beattie Avenue is a direct route for many especially children commuting from their home to school (Emmet Belknap, Charles Upson, and Lockport High School).
In May 2013, the Lockport City School District, town and city of Lockport were awarded a $570,219 Safe Routes To School grant. The town received $342,000 of that money to install sidewalks in areas near school buildings (Lockportjournal.com). While many areas have seen improvement to include but not limited to Locust Street Extension, the intersection at Willow Street/Beattie Avenue, intersection of Beattie Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, and recently the intersection of Locust Street and Willow Street, I believe there is more that can and should be done.
Please support me in this effort to continue making our daily routes safe for not just our children but all pedestrians.
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