Volunteers Needed to Create Safe Routes to Schools - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/16/06

Volunteers Needed to Create Safe Routes to Schools

30% of all morning rush hour traffic in Texas is centered around schools. Hundreds of parents drop their kids off at Roscoe Wilson Elementary in Tech Terrace every day, but the school is encouraging more parents to walk or ride with their kids instead. Roscoe Wilson is part of the Bike Texas, Safe Routes to School program. The federally funded program helps schools get grants to create safer routes for the trip to and from school.

Durwood Mayfield is the Outreach Coordinator for this region. He says, "We'll go around check sidewalks and walk around with the P.T.A. or with parents and teachers. We'll actually walk the neighborhood and pick out things that keep kids from biking or walking to school." Mayfield found safe bicycle routes and lanes around Roscoe Wilson but it was a lack of sidewalks at the nearby Wagnor Park that made walking to school dangerous. So, a TxDOT grant will soon help build a network of sidewalks through the park.

Mayfield says, "What we'd like to do is get with P.T.A. organizations and let them know how they can help make schools safer for kids to get back and forth." Mayfield is looking for volunteers to help identify needs at your school. P.T.A. participation will determine which 20 elementary Lubbock I.S.D. schools are chosen for the program. Four have already been selected but 16 openings are left.

Mayfield says, "We need volunteers to keep the program going." The program is looking for volunteers within not only the Lubbock school district but in a few rural communities surrounding Lubbock as well. They're targeting Lubbock, Slaton, Post, Snyder, Lamesa, Brownfield, Levelland, Littlfield, Muleshoe and Plainview. To volunteer or for more information, call Durwood Mayfield at (806) 252-2586 or Sherman Phillips at (806) 787-5726. For more information about the program ( click here ).

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