La Crosse creates online survey for public input on Safe Route to School update

La Crosse updates Safe Routes to School Plan

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The city of La Crosse is seeking the public’s feedback about updating its Safe Routes to School plan, but obviously can’t convene a large public meeting in light of physical distancing for COVID-19.
So city officials created an online to gather input.
“The purpose of this survey is to give La Crosse residents, parents and caregivers an opportunity to comment on our DRAFT Safe Routes to School Plan,” according to a news release.
The Safe Routes to School webpage features the community survey, which has a June 15 deadline for participating.
“This Draft La Crosse Safe Routes to School Plan: 2020 is being released in the spring of 2020, when the concept of actually physically traveling to and from school seems like a distant memory,” the release says wryly.
“Students, parents and teachers have transitioned to online learning methods to reduce the spread of coronavirus,” according to the release.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of bicycle and pedestrian networks for recreation and exercise when gyms and playgrounds are closed, the release says.
“Bicycling, walking and running along shared-use paths and trails are great ways for families to de-stress, exercise and experience nature during social distancing requirements.”
The plan looks forward to “a return to normalcy,” the release says, “when students will be walking and biking to school again, the La Crosse County Health Department will resume promoting active living and traffic around schools will revert to their usual patterns.”