School, PaTHS team up for bike, pedestrian safety
The Bethlehem Central School District has named two liaisons to the Town’s PaTHs 4 Bethlehem Committee.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Jody Monroe and Fred Powers, Supervisor for Health and Physical Education, have volunteered to work with the committee in educating the community on bicycle and pedestrian safety.
“I’m excited to be part of this wonderful partnership,” said Monroe. “Safety and health education are very important issues for the district, and working with the town will only help our effort to have a healthy and safety conscious student body.”
Town Senior Planner Robert Leslie and Assistant Administrator of Parks and Recreation Jason Gallo recently met with school officials and the BC Green Team to discuss initiatives they have at the town level, and how the school district could fit into their vision of making the town more bike and pedestrian friendly.
“We use a ‘3 E’ approach to what we do,” said Leslie “Engineering, enforcement and education – and, of course, we thought the district could help us with the education arm.”
Leslie said there were about 26 bicycle/vehicle accidents in town last year and the majority was due to the cyclist traveling on the wrong side of the road or otherwise not heeding posted signage. To that end, Gallo and Leslie have asked for the district’s help with pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle safety education.
“As the parent of a young child, I can certainly appreciate the fact that if you teach kids at a young age what these signs mean and what it means for their safety, they’ll carry that knowledge with them as they go through school,” said Gallo. “And in some cases, they’ll teach other kids and maybe some parents.”
One of PaThs’ goals is to create and maintain safe bicycle and pedestrian routes to schools as well as parks, recreation and cultural facilities. The committee has in the works a proposed bicycle route pilot project that would establish a route with shared lane markings, or “sharrows,” that would run from the corner of Delmar Place and Kenwood Avenue near the middle school to Elm Avenue near the high school. In between, the route would pass directly in front of Hamagrael Elementary School.
PaTHs has many safety publications available (Click to open as PDF):
For more information about the PaTHS 4 Bethlehem Committee, click here.