A Big Deal for Happy, Healthy, Ready-to-Learn Kids

In 2016, leaders in the community came together to start planning something big. Around the table were representatives from the City of Traverse City, Traverse City Area Public Schools, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate Schools, Trinity Lutheran, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Michigan Department of Transportation, and Norte.

It was an audacious project to transform ten schools with a Safe Routes to School grant. The goal: safer ways for our children to walk and bike to school. 

After four years of countless meetings, plus surveys, walking audits, community planning sessions, and inevitable speed bumps, we are nearing the finish line. Recently, the City of Traverse City awarded a $2.4 million contract to our friends at Elmer’s Crane & Dozer to construct or improve 3.5 miles of sidewalk and trail.

A huge thank you to everyone at the State of Michigan working on Safe Routes to School. They’ve delivered with professionalism and with confidence. The ten school project is funding 90% by the Safe Routes to School program, with the City’s local match of $97,500 – and countless hours planning – funding the remainder. 🙏🏼

An extra huge thank you to everyone across Grand Traverse who worked their bums off to make this happen. This is a 2020 bright spot and a big deal for happy, healthy, ready-to-learn kids. I’m stoked.

Going to construction in 2021 is a giant leap forward and a promising investment in healthy, happy, and safe ways to get to school.

Let’s do more of this.