Children in Wauwatosa will have a much safer walk to school this year as a result of the installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) signs at three school crosswalks. The crosswalk signs will be dedicated at a ribbon cutting at the crosswalk located at the intersection of Harding Blvd. and Swan Blvd. on Monday, August 31, 2015, at 7:30 am.
The ribbon cutting will be hosted by McKinley Elementary School and will include a proclamation by Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley, designating August 31 as Safe Routes to School Day in Wauwatosa. Sixth District Alderman Jeff Roznowski and Safe Routes to School Committee Chair Sarah Lerand will also provide remarks. Following the ribbon cutting, a “walking school bus” made up of children, parents and city and school officials will walk to McKinley School for refreshments.
The other locations for the Flashing Beacons include the crosswalk at Ridge Blvd and Swan Blvd near Christ King School; and the crosswalk at Wright St. and Wauwatosa Ave near Roosevelt Elementary School.
Funding for the new signs was provided by a Safe Routes to School Grant from the State of Wisconsin DOT and awarded to the City of Wauwatosa, through the grass roots efforts of parents led by Sarah Lerand. In the coming weeks, additional radar speed display signs and bike racks will be installed, also funded through the grant.