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Safe Routes to School Initiative

Building on a national movement called Safe Routes to School, Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance is working with community and school partners to ensure that every student in Lynn has the ability to safely walk or bike to school.

With Lynn Public Schools, Lynn Department of Public Works, and the community, we are working to assess the walkability of streets surrounding schools, identify built features (sidewalks, crosswalks, signage, etc.) that could use improvement, and connect pedestrian and bike safety resources to schools.

Most Lynn public schools already have the distinction of being “community schools” with many students who walk, and our goal is to continue to ensure that those routes are safe and accessible.

Participating schools:

  • Lynn Woods Elementary School
  • Ingalls Elementary School
  • Aborn Elementary School
  • Sisson Elementary School
  • Sewell-Anderson Elementary School
  • Hood Elementary School
  • Drewicz Elementary School

Complete Streets Policy

A “Complete Street” is a street that is accessible and safe for all users: pedestrians, drivers, bike riders, truck drivers, public transit users and more. It also encourages more user-friendly and enjoyable street environments by thinking about amenities like trees, benches, and public art.

In December 2015, Lynn Councilor-at-Large Brendan Crighton introduced a Complete Streets Policy that unanimously passed before City Council. It calls for all new road construction and renovation projects to consider the Complete Streets framework. Working with Lynn DPW and other City departments, LFFA will continue to ensure that this policy sees full implementation.

The policy was later ranked as the 9th Best Complete Streets Policy passed in 2015 by Smart Growth America!