This column is scheduled to appear in the September 2015 edition of Snapd.
Fall is an exciting time of year for Burlington residents – especially for the young people who call our great city home.
For those attending elementary or secondary school, the arrival of September marks a return to the classroom and reconnecting with friends. There are also students experiencing the excitement of attending school for the first time.
For parents and commuters, fall means getting back into the old routine, or establishing a new one.
I would like to remind everyone in our community to be safe during this busy time.
Many children in our community walk, cycle, skateboard or ride their scooter to school.
Please use the marked intersections when you cross the street, wear your helmet and walk your bicycle across a roadway.
If there is a signaled intersection, push the pedestrian button; stop, look and listen for traffic; watch for turning vehicles and only cross when the road is clear.
I am also asking drivers to pay close attention and give themselves extra time to get to their destination. There are more children on the sidewalks and at crossings during this time, many of whom are excited and new to the experience of travelling to and from school.
I encourage motorists to reduce their speed in school zones, stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard, be patient and wait for students to complete their crossing before proceeding, and to be ready to stop at all times.
The City of Burlington employs approximately 120 school crossing guards from September to June each year. I want to thank these dedicated individuals for playing a very important role in our community, ensuring children travel safely to and from school each weekday.
Please respect the crossing guards in our community.
A little extra precaution by everyone will mean a great back-to-school season.
I also encourage all students and parents to consider alternative forms of transportation when travelling to and from school. Park the car and give walking, cycling, public transit or other alternative transportation a try. You will be doing the environment, your health and your city a favour. Everyone benefits when we think outside the car.
I wish everyone in Burlington a safe and happy fall season.
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