City, Cincinnati Public School leaders call for implementation of district-wide travel plan

CINCINNATI -- As students head back to class for a new school year, local city and public school leaders are talking traffic safety.

Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ronan will hold a news conference Monday at the “Five-points” intersection.

Qualls and Ronan are calling on the city to implement a district-wide travel plan that CPS developed earlier with city leaders and other stakeholders to create safer routes for students to walk or bike to school.

Qualls said she introduced a motion last fall for the city to adopt the plan and to start making the improvements, including crosswalk and pedestrian crossing signals. She said funding for the project would come from the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Ronan and Qualls will speak at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Woodburn Avenue, Montgomery Road, Gilbert Avenue and Hewitt Avenue. It’s one of the 15 intersections identified as needing high-priority improvements.

The pair said the intersection is near Evanston Academy, the Academy of World Languages and Walnut Hills High School.

Safe Routes to School coordinator Carmen Burks, community leaders and students from Evanston Academy will join Qualls and Ronan during the event.

Attached below is a PDF file of the original City Council Safe Routes to School motion:

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