Blacksburg Town Council will focus on making safe routes to schools for students.
In a work session this morning at 11:00, members will discuss possibly reducing the speed limit around three elementary schools to 15. Right now, the limit is set at 25 within yards of Margaret Beeks, Gilbert Linkous and Harding Avenue Elementary schools. If approved, signs will be posted on the flashing yellow lights within 600 feet of school property 30 minutes before and after the start and end of school. The idea came out of the Safe Routes to School program, in which committees make recommendations to increase safety.
"There's a greater degree of safety for children walking or biking to school," said town engineer Adele Schirmer. "And also adds a level of comfort for the parents to let their children walk or bike to school."
After this mornings session, council will have a public hearing and vote at its August 13 meeting.