Stettin Elementary Safe Routes to School Plan 2018

The City of Wausau and Town of Stettin both are aware of the safety issues of walkers, bicyclists, and school children using Stettin Drive from Brockmeyer Park northwest toward Stettin Elementary. After some communications with WisDOT, the City and the Town of Stettin brought on the Wausau School District to proceed with creating a SRTS plan for Stettin Elementary. Creating a SRTS plan provides a comprehensive review of the whole area to make walking and bicycling to school safer for children, while also improving community members’ overall quality of life since any new bike or pedestrian accommodations are open to all people at all times of the day.

Wisconsin Rapids Safe Routes to School Plan – 2010

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) began as a European phenomenon thirty years ago and caught on in New York City in 1997. In the 1970s, Denmark had Europe’s highest child pedestrian accident rate. Implementing the first Safe Routes to School program, planners in Denmark identified specific road dangers around the country’s schools and took steps to remedy the hazards. Since 1970, the child pedestrian crash rate has dropped by 80% in Denmark.