Walking To School

On Tuesday April 12, Dorothea Hass from WalkBoston gave a presentation to the city and school representatives on pedestrian safety at the Whelan School Auditorium.  The presentation highlighted ways to assure pedestrians safety by improving sidewalks and maintaining proper crosswalks.

After the presentation Hass led a small group of volunteers on an audit of the Urban Trail that is set to be marked along the Whelan School neighborhood. The small volunteer group included General Foreman for the Department of Public Works Paul Argenzio, Public Health Department Nurse Carol Donovan, Whelan School PTA President Julie DeMauro (pictured here pointing), the city’s new Grants Manger and Mass in Motion Coordinator Cate Blackford, as well as Revere CARES staff from MGH.

While the audit was taking place, Mrs. Hass noticed a broken pedestrian crossing light. Argenzio from DPW immediately got on his cell phone and called his team to alert them of the damage and arrange a replacement.  “It was great having Paul there” said Sylvia Chiang the Food and Fitness Manager for the Revere CARES coalition, “I can tell that he really cares about the city and will be a great partner as we work to mark the Urban Trail.”

DeMauro told the Journal that the Whelan will be participating in the National Walk to School event as part of the overall effort on May 4th and June 1st. She said that along with students and parents, there would be several local “celebrity walkers” joining them. She indicated that they hope to get started on the Walk to School initiative this year, and do something much larger in the fall.


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