When I was young, I rode my bike to elementary and middle school almost every day. The bike racks for both schools were in the front of the school and were widely used by the students. The location made it easy for students to park their bikes and enter the school safely and quickly.

Currently, the bike racks at Keister Elementary School are at the rear of the building. This location not only hides the bike racks so that less students and parents know about them, but also requires those kids who ride their bikes to park their bike at the back of the building and then walk around a long way to the front of the school to enter the school via the front entrance (kids can enter from the rear of the building, but it is not how most kids enter the school nor do most kids even know they can do that). Neither of these situations encourages riding bikes to school.

I would like to see the bike racks relocated to the front of the school, perhaps at the corner near the outside picnic tables facing Maryland Ave, so that the bike racks are more noticeable and so kids could more easily ride their bikes to school and enter and exit the school via the front entrance. Moving the bike racks to that location would likely require adding a small amount of additional sidewalks or bike paths so that kids could easily and safely ride their bikes to and from Central Ave. or Maryland Ave. to the bike racks. The school would also likely want to institute a "dismount" zone from the Maryland Ave. corner of the school to the front of the school as it is very busy during drop off and pick up time.

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Public Information Office admin over 3 years ago

Thanks for this suggestion! Your idea has been forwarded on to Ms. Lintner, Keister's Principal.

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