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Safe Routes to School Puts up New Signs

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Classes start next week for public schools in Butte.

To prepare, the "Safe Routes to School" program is making changes to streets signs around some of the schools for student's safety.

"I was hit and run by a truck and I thought that was wrong," said Gina Evans, Safe Routes to School Coordinator. "I wanted to increase awareness and safety, it's Butte, Montana. We should increase bike and walking knowledge among the community, get us moving, and happy, and make sure these kids could get to school safe."

"Safe Routes to School" is a program that teaches kids safe walking and biking skills.

Newsletters are sent to students and parents designating safe routes.

There are also "Safe Walk to School" days where students learn the routes.

This year the program is partnering up with the Silver Bow County Planning Department.

"Our GIS Department developed maps that show the safe routes for each individual schools," said Steve Hess with the Planning Department. "Those maps are then given to the schools and the kids so they know where to walk."

Wednesday new signs were put up around Emerson Elementary School.

Over the past year the "Safe Routes to School" program worked to have one way streets surrounding the school.

"You can just know that it's safer because people have made it with one way streets and then its got slower speed limits," said Tristan Smith, a student at East Middle School.

"It gets parents involved to get their kids to school and I think it's a great way to start the day with the kids," said Christal Smith, a mother of an Emerson student.

Through the first week of school, information will be provided about safe routes for students.

Classes begin Tuesday of next week for the public schools in Butte.

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