In 2014, with the encouragement of MAGI members and Davis Grilley, recipient of the 2014 MAGI Environmental Leadership Award, Mahtomedi Schools applied for and received a Safe Routes to School grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The grant provided the school district with the use of nationally recognized Safe Routes to School consultants hired by MnDOT.
Planning kicked off in the fall of 2015 as consultants, district staff, several MAGI members and representatives from the consultants, school district, MnDOT, and local and county government met for two days to identify problems and opportunities for improving the viability of biking and walking to school. Participants reviewed aerial maps, discussed legal and logistical constraints and opportunities for Mahtomedi Middle School, Wildwood Elementary, and O.H. Anderson Elementary, and observed dismissal at O.H. Anderson.
The consultants presented their report in early 2016, which outlined some recommendations for certain infrastructure changes for roadways, crosswalks, etc., and for new or modified policies and activities:
MAGi members and other area residents and officials met March 23 to discuss results and possible next steps.
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