Residents In South Bexley Want To Make Walking to School Safer… And More Colorful

Safe, walkable communities are vital to the growth we’re experiencing in Columbus.

All pedestrians deserve safety when it comes to traveling on foot, but none more so than our students. Something as simple as going to school shouldn’t be deadly for our kiddos. Earlier this month, an 11-year-old Columbus girl died while attempting to cross the street to her bus stop, in an area with inadequate markings and sidewalks.

In Bexley, a community noted for their walkability, residents gathered over the weekend to help make kids walking to school safer.

The project was spearheaded by Mark Subel and Megan Durham and aimed to clearly demarcate walkways for students. The plan called for creative crosswalks and alleyways that students use to travel to school at Montrose Elementary School in South Bexley.

Volunteers gathered over the weekend to paint the alleys and crosswalks surrounding the schools in time for National Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 2.

Not only does this work increase awareness around the walkways for passing vehicles, but it also makes the journey to school a lot more colorful, and the finished product looks incredible. Maybe Columbus officials could take a lesson? Want to see more from the “Paint it Safe” project? Keep scrolling.