Cars injure and kill our children ("Wilson student injured in collision," Dec 7). In the last two months, three students have been hit by cars in front of Glendale schools (Rosemont Middle School, John Muir Elementary and Wilson Middle School). Neither drivers nor pedestrians are paying attention while driving and walking around our schools.
Pedestrian safety must become the highest priority for parents, students, school administrators and the entire Glendale community. Bottom line — cars and children do not mix.
We would like to make all Glendale residents aware of a national program called Safe Routes to School (http://www.saferoutesinfo.org). The goal of this program is to encourage walking and biking to school, and to promote safe drop-off and pick-up procedures for those who must drive.
Safe Routes to School has been implemented at a few of our schools, but many more could benefit. The program is a partnership between parents, students, administrators, city government and residents of the community that can result in significant benefits to all: improved safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, improved fitness for students, improved traffic flow and improved air quality for the community.