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Scottsbluff looking to improve safety for students walking, biking to school

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The City of Scottsbluff is looking to improve safety for students who walk or ride their bikes to and from school.

City officials have approved the submission of an intent to apply application for funding from the ‘Safe Routes to School Program'.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School helps communities encourage and enable students to safely walk and/or ride their bikes to school.

The program examines school routes and conditions around schools and plans projects to improve safety and accessibility while reducing traffic.

"What it will do is provide ways for us to connect our Avenue I trail, the river trail, with safe routes to school," says City Manager Rick Kuckkahn.  "That's the primary focus here, to connect schools either directly from school to school or from existing bike routes in the city to schools."

Kuckkahn says the city plans to apply for around $1.3 million worth of grant money from the Safe Routes to School program. The grant does not require the city to match any sort of funds.

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