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The Perkins Local Schools District, Perkins Township, and Erie Regional Planning Commission (ERPC) will conduct a public hearing June 28th, 2021 at 5:30pm to gather public input about Safe Routes to Schools needs to update the Perkins Safe Routes to School Travel Plan. The public meeting will be held at the Perkins Township Administrative Office at 2610 Columbus Ave.

The Perkins School Travel Plan (STP) was originally completed in 2011 and 2015 and is now in need of updating. The STP is the foundation for developing a Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) as it is a written document that outlines a community’s intentions for enabling students to engage in active transportation (i.e. walking or bicycling) as they travel to and from school.

A successful Safe Routes to School program is a sustained effort that involves bringing people together, identifying the issues and finding ways to improve walking and bicycling conditions. Safe Routes to School programs work to: access the safety of school travel routes; encourage more walking and bicycling to school through fun promotion and events; make infrastructure changes such as building sidewalks, improving street crossings and non-infrastructure improvements such as training crossing guards; educating students, parents and drivers about safe travel; and promoting safe walking and bicycling throughout the community.

The recommendation for the Draft STP Update will be presented at this public meeting, and members of the community are encouraged to stop by and provide comments or have questions answered. Public comments on the Draft STP update will be accepted through close of businesses on July 2nd, 2021. For further information about the public meeting, the draft plan update, or to submit public comment, please contact Perkins Township Community Development Department at (419) 609-1435. Maps for the recommendations can be found here.

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