Case Study: Charleston, West Virginia

Piedmont Elementary School in Charleston, W.Va., is a public school for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Located in the historic east-end district of Charleston, the school has many of the strengths and challenges that come with being an intercity school. Even though most children live within walking distance of the school, most parents still drive their children to school because of their perception that there is too much crime, which creates an unsafe condition for the children to walk. Upon learning about the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, the Piedmont Elementary Local School Improvement Council began developing a Walk to School Day event that would bring more community attention to the importance and safety of walking and bicycling to school and to make the community more livable for children and families.

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