The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the City of Soldotna are teaming up to discuss safer routes to school.
The project examines conditions around six Soldotna area kindergarten to ninth grade schools, and will create recommendations and activities to improve safety while also reducing traffic near the schools.
We spoke with Soldotna City Planner John Czarnezki for more details.
Czarnezki: “Well the City of Soldotna is working on a Safe Routes To School Program which looks to improve the health and well being of kids and enabling kids and encouraging them to walk and bike to school, so we are working with a consultant to try to put together a plan for the city where we evaluate the schools within the community and identify and provide recommendations on improving biking and walking infrastructure and accessibility to the schools.”
Czarnezki said they will be holding a meeting in an effort to hear input from the public.
Czarnezki: “So at this point we are looking for input from parents and families so we can identify areas where perhaps we’re lacking or areas where we need improvements so we are inviting folks to come out to a meeting next Tuesday to join us in an open house to give us their thoughts and ideas so that’s Tuesday, Nov 12th at Soldotna City Hall from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.”
Safe Routes to School is a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.