The Winamac Safe Routes to School Task Force recently announced that they have applied for a $250,000 Infrastructure Grant to fund the completion of the Panhandle Pathway through Winamac, as well as improvements along Riverside Drive and Superior Street. These improvements were deemed necessary by planning work that was done as a part of the Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Grant that was awarded in 2010. This project will enable safer walking and cycling environments, including roads and sidewalk improvements, and the grants will cover planning, design, and engineering expenses, including consultant services.
The recent Safe Routes “Walk to School Day” for Eastern Pulaski Schools kickstarted a series of walking and bicycling education efforts, as well as public outreach, traffic enforcement, and other activities promoting the safe use of the designated walking and biking routes. Safe Routes in Winamac will once more partner with Eastern Pulaski Schools for an upcoming Bike/Pedestrian Safety Poster contest, and they are also planning a Bike Safety Rodeo in conjunction with the Winamac Kiwanis Club during the annual Kid’s Day at the Winamac Town Park.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the Winamac Safe Routes program or would like additional information, contact Dave Bennett at (574) 946-3343.