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Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Nathaniel Ford will join other officials in walking with students and parents to school on Wednesday.
Jax Daily Record Monday, Oct. 3, 201612:00 PM EST

JTA, others to walk to school with students to promote safety


The Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Safe Kids Northeast Florida and The Players Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital will participate Wednesday in the International Walk/Bike to School Day.

The goal of the day is to raise awareness, improve safety and encourage students to walk or bike to and from school.

The authority is working with the Florida Department of Transportation to implement a Safe Route to Schools program in Jacksonville.

Such programs across the state improve infrastructure in communities through building and fixing sidewalks, installing pedestrian signs and adding crosswalks.

The authority submitted an application to the department for improvements within a 2-mile radius of Andrew Robinson Elementary School in Springfield.

JTA is partnering with the city, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, department and bike and pedestrian organizations to make area mobility corridors safer.

To launch the effort, JTA CEO Nathaniel Ford, City Council member Reggie Gaffney, Duval County School Board Vice Chairman Paula Wright and Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael Aubin will join others to walk with parents and students to school Wednesday.

The walk will start at 7:15 a.m. at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 2036 Silver St., and end at 8 a.m. at Andrew Robinson Elementary, 101 W. 12th St.

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