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Community Efforts Result in Quick Wins at Lyerly Elementary School

News Date: 
Thu, 2011-12-15
Event Date: 
Mon, 2012-01-23

A recent SRTS planning meetings at Lyerly Elementary School demonstrates what can be accomplished when the right people are at the table. The meeting was held on January 13 to discuss preliminary recommendations for a comprehensive SRTS travel plan that includes infrastructure changes, as well as program addressing education, encouragement and enforcement needs.

In addition to teachers and staff from Lyerly Elementary, community members present included Barry Peppers, Pastor of Lyerly First Baptist Church, and Jason Winters, Chattooga County Commissioner. When the discussion turned to the upcoming Georgia Walk to School Day, March 7, Pastor Peppers offered the church’s parking lot as a Park and Walk site. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Winters read off a list of infrastructure improvements he felt the county could implement in advance of the event, including adding SCHOOL pavement markings to Oak Hill Road on the approaches to the school, adding striping to better distinguish the school’s drop-off/pick-up drive from an adjacent sidewalk that is not curb-separated, and trimming back a hedge obstructing a sidewalk.

Many organizations within a community have an important role to play in SRTS.  The Georgia SRTS Resource Center offers a Friend partnership designation to these organizations as a way of saying Thank you! Let us know if your organization would like to be involved in SRTS in your community.  Contact either the School Outreach Coordinator that works with schools in your community, or send us a general note.