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Grand Opening of the Afflerbach Elementary Safe Route To School Pathway

The Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2010 Safe Routes to School Plan was used as a guide for an application for a 100 percent funding infrastructure grant in 2011 through the Safe Routes To School program at the Wyoming Department of Transportation for Afflerbach Elementary. A grant of $200,000 to plan and construct a quarter of a mile eight foot pathway was awarded in 2013 and Laramie County added around $600,000 to build Avenue B2 at the same time to make the area a safe corridor for all. The project was completed and opened in early August, 2015.
Afflerbach School serves neighborhoods to the south that didn’t have walking corridors to allow students to walk to school without going through fields. The streets through this area had been platted, but never built. pic1
“During the first week of school, the MPO staff took pathway use counts from South Fork to Wallick Road where Afflerbach is located. Thirty one to 55 students were counted walking alone, using wheelchairs, riding bikes or scooters, walking in groups, or walking with parents,” said Nancy Olson, MPO Transportation Planner.
The Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization celebrated the grand opening of the Afflerbach Elementary Safe Route To School pathway on October 9th at the school on West Wallick Road with the students and their families, school staff, and neighborhood residents.
Those attending walked from Afflerbach Elementary to the start of the pathway for a Ribbon Cutting using student artwork as wayfinding. The remainder of the event was held indoors in the Afflerbach gym and included and craft station, giveaways of bikes, skates and razor scooters, silent raffle items for students, dinner by Texas Roadhouse and cake. Other activities included DJ music and a hula hoop contest.



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