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Brick Looks to Expand Walking Routes to Schools

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Roadways near Lanes Mill Elementary School. (Credit: Google Maps)
Roadways near Lanes Mill Elementary School. (Credit: Google Maps)

Brick has filed an application with state officials to obtain another round of funding under the Safe Routes to School program.

Previous funding from the program has been used to build sidewalks and upgrade crosswalks in various portions of the township. The latest round, Councilwoman Lisa Crate said, will focus on the areas around Midstreams and Lanes Mill elementary schools.

The funding, if approved, would allow the township to “fill in areas where sidewalks do not currently exist,” Crate said, as well as develop a study that would tally just how many students walk to school on a daily basis and which routes they take.

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The township has been working to install sidewalks along the Lanes Mill Road corridor for years. Sidewalks are currently installed near the three schools along the road (Lanes Mill Elementary, Herbertsville Elementary and Brick Memorial High School) but sometimes abruptly end – for example, at Dunbeck Road just north of Lanes Mill Elementary.

The grant funding must be used toward sidewalks near elementary or middle schools.

“As the mother of children who walk to school, I am excited about this and I look forward to having it,” said Crate.


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  • Donald Trump for President

    Why are there no sidewalks or a bike lane on Chambersbridge Rd under the new Parkway overpass?
    There is not even a should on this multimillion dollar new road.
    I saw 2 kids riding bikes down Chambersbridge and then they rode in traffic to go under overpass.
    Insane

    • J W

      No safe way to cross Burnt Tavern over the Parkway now either on my end of town. Somebody told me they closed up the fence behind Evergreen and are trying to catch people who use the Park and Ride walking bridge now too. They’re really cracking down on pedestrians for some reason. End the war man. End the war.

  • meok1521

    Are there actually elementary school kids who walk to school? That’s disturbing enough, in and of itself.

    • J W

      You expect a bus to come and pick up kids who live closer than the monkey bars? I used to ride my bike from Michigan Ave to Lanes Mill School back in the day, weather permitting.

      • meok1521

        If they’re planning on extending it past Dunbeck, that’s a little further than the monkey bars. And yes, I would expect a bus to pick those kids up. Just because you did it back in your day doesn’t make it a good idea now. The traffic patterns/volume are just a tad different in Brick now, as compared to prior decades.

      • J W

        50% of the under 20 population wasn’t obese back in my day either. We also weren’t a bunch of coddled house creatures. I remember graduating high school in the early 90s and thinking it odd that kids just ten years younger than me weren’t being allowed to leave their block because of various paranoid delusions of satantists and other crap. A hundred yards of sidewalk and constant parental supervision sucks. Now, they got nothing but Xbox and need to be chauffeured everywhere. It’s really sad. And then the old farts like Frank wonder why the youth turned out pampered and pansified. Well, we kinda did it to them with this sort of ritualized abuse.

        So here- DEAR KIDS, WALK TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IF YOU LIVE WITHIN A HALF MILE OF LMES, HES, BMHS YOU NEED TO WALK TO SCHOOL. IF ITS SNOWING, WEAR BOOTS. IF ITS RAINING, GET AN UMBRELLA. IF ITS HOT, DRINK WATER.

      • meok1521

        Seriously don’t even go there with me, because I have a freakishly athletic kid, who chooses sports over xbox any time. And I am not tolerant of hovering parents. My point was not about kids having to exert themselves. Nor was it about Satanists as you say, or child molesters or whatever. It was about child vs. car, in a more congested area than you grew up in.

      • J W

        It ain’t anymore congested today than in 1990. Only a few new developments have gone up here since then.

    • calvin grubbs

      I can’t believe that 50 years later there are still no sidewalks near the school.