Parents in Bexley to paint their own crosswalks for school children


COLLEEN: AFTER SPOTTING A PROBLEM IN THEIR COMMUNITY, NEIGHBORS IN BEXLEY, -WITH THE CITY’S SUPPORT – ARE NOW TAKING MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS. GOOD EVENING EVERYONE… AND THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT AT 11… I’M COLLEEN MARSHALL. THAT PROBLEM — THEY SAY — HAS TO DO WITH THE LACK OF CROSSWALKS AND SIGNAGE FOR CHILDREN WALKING TO AND FROM SCHOOL. NOW COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL BE PAINTING CROSSWALKS THEMSELVES. COLLEEN: NBC4’S ERIC HALPERIN IS LIVE IN BEXLEY TONIGHT WHERE ONE OF THOSE NEW CROSSWALKS WILL BE. ERIC… THE TWO PARENTS WHO SPEARHEADED THIS TELL ME IT’S GOING TO HELP THE KIDS AND THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. THE CITY HAS ALREADY PUT DOWN AN OUTLINE OF WHERE THE CROSSWALKS WILL BE AND PAINTED THE BASE FOR A WALKWAY THROUGH AN ALLEY LEADING TO MONTROSE ELEMENTARY. AFTER THIS WEEKEND, THEY’LL BE A WHOLE LOT MORE COLOR OUT HERE. UNDER THE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS BY MONTROSE ELEMENTARY IN BEXLEY IT MAKES SENSE THERE AREN’T ANY KIDS OUT. BUT ON A SCHOOL MORNING. MARK SUBEL: “THERE’S LITERALLY DOZENS OF KIDS THAT USE THIS ALLEY EVERY MORNING, THEY RIDE THEIR BIKES, WALK UP AND CROSS THE STREET AND COME UP THIS ALLEY TO SCHOOL IN THE MORNING” MARK SUBEL WILL SEND HIS SON TO MONTROSE STARTING NEXT YEAR. IN THE MEANTIME, LIVING CLOSE BY HE SEES WHAT HAPPENS EVERY DAY. HE SAYS TO AVOID MAIN STREET, KIDS TAKE THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE TO WALK TO MONTROSE. THERE IS A CROSSWALK RIGHT BY THE SCHOOL BUT TO GET THERE KIDS TAKE ALLEYS ALSO TRAVELED BY CARS AND THE ALLEYS LEAD TO PARTS OF STREETS WITHOUT CROSSWALKS. MARK SUBEL: “THERE WAS NO DEMARCATION FOR ANY SORT OF LANE FOR THEM TO WALK OR ANYTHING SO WE JUST SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE ALLEYS SAFER AND MAKE THE CROSSWALKS SAFER FOR THE KIDS TO GET TO SCHOOL” ON SUNDAY THE SOON TO BE NEW CROSSWALKS AND ALLEYWAYS WILL BE GETTING A FRESH COAT OF PAINT. THE PROJECT WAS AWARDED A GRANT THROUGH THE BEXLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AND GOT CITY APPROVAL. FOUR ALLEYS IN SOUTH BEXLEY WILL BE GETTING MOOSETRACKS FOR MONTROSE’S MASCOT AND TREE NEW CROSSWALKS WILL BE PAINTED WITH BRIGHT COLORS AND DESIGNS. MEGAN DURHAM: “I THINK IT’LL BE HELPFUL BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE USED TO SEEING CROSSWALKS BUT WHEN THEY’RE THAT COLORFUL IT’LL GRAB PEOPLES” MEGAN DURHAM IS THE OTHER LEADER OF THE PROJECT. LIVING BY WHERE ONE OF THE NEW CROSSWALKS WILL BE SHE SAYS SHE’S SEEN SEVERAL CLOSE CALLS. HER 4TH GRADE DAUGHTER CLAIRE HAS BEEN WALKING TO MONTROSE EVERY DAY SINCE KINDERGARTEN. MEGAN DURHAM: THIS WILL DEFINITELY BRING ME SOME PEACE OF MIND KNOWING THAT IT’S A SAFER ROUTE FOR HER. MONTROSE’S ART TEACHER IS HELPING WITH THE DESIGN OF THE CROSSWALKS. COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL BE OUT HERE PAINTING STARTING SUNDAY AT 11. THEY SAY THEY’RE LOOKING FOR HELP SO YOU’RE WELCOME TO COME OUT HERE AND GIVE THEM A HAND. LOCAL FOR YOU IN BEXLEY I’M ERIC HALPERIN, NBC4. COLLEEN: A MAN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL

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