Safe roads crucial to kids biking to school

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) Built environments are the infrastructure that connects school to homes and other destinations.

The City of Fruita is trying to create easy access paths for kids to get to school without dealing with obstacles.

"School zones are enforced so traffic slows down so kids are safe around schools. In years passed we made sure that we constructed sidewalks at different schools. We've done a variety of different things to make sure those accesses are there," Clint Kinney, City Manager of Fruita.

Currently, the city is working on creating a trail that connects Rimrock Elementary to Fruita 8-9 and will also have pedestrian paths off that trail to get to different neighborhoods.

Bethani Siminas's nephew Logan is in kindergarten and loves riding his bike to school. Siminas said the roads are easy to bike on and she feels comfortable with Logan going to school that way.

Getting kids excited about riding their bikes and walking to school is a way to reduce and prevent childhood obesity.

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