Don’t miss the first Walking School Bus of the new school year on Wednesday, September 3rd! Join in for a fun walk to school and enter to win a door prize
Walking School Buses are groups of people walking or biking to school together, organized by Cook County Safe Routes to School. The Walking School Buses (WSB) in Grand Marais meet in three locations:
- West WSB leaves at 7:20 a.m. from 8th Ave. West & 2nd Street (passes Birchwood Apts on the way to school)
- Central WSB leaves at 7:20 a.m. from the Courthouse Parking Lot.
- East WSB leaves at 7:30 a.m. from 7th Ave. East & County Rd 7.
Each WSB stops at ISD 166 and GES on time for school to begin. If the student normally gets a ride to school, come in a little early to meet at one of the WSB locations and walk or bike to school with friends! Law enforcement and local community leaders will accompany each WSB. Volunteers are always needed; please contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator Maren at email@example.com or 387-2330 if you are able to help or have questions.
While every day is a great day to walk or bike to school, every Wednesday this fall will be a Walking/Biking Wednesday! See the designated walking and biking to school routes on the updated Safe Routes to School Map. Other Walking School Buses this fall will be on October 8th and November 19th.
Walking School Buses are organized by the local Safe Routes to School group, with support from the State Health Improvement Program.
The City of Grand Marais invites all that live, work, shop, walk, bike, drive, or play along Highway 61 in Grand Marais to the kick-off of Highway 61 Revisited to help redesign this important corridor. The first gathering will be Thursday, September 4th 6-8 pm at the Grand Marais Public Library.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITY • LIGHT MEAL • FREE CHILDCARE @ YMCA*
Join us for a lively evening to engage in discussion and share ideas to improve Highway 61 through Grand Marais.
For more information and updates, visit www.becausemovingmatters.org/highway61.
*Free childcare is available for families participating in the evening, for children age 4 months and over. Drop-off will be at the YMCA starting at 5:30 pm, pick-up after the event.
In response to feedback over the weekend, the City fine tuned the pop-up to allow for both parking and the temporary sidewalk by creating a buffer between the two areas with barricades. It is a great example of the pop-up process, which is designed to be flexible and change as feedback is received. It also illustrates the importance of sharing the space for vehicles and people walking in our tourist town. Many questions remain that the pop-up may provide information on: Is the temporary sidewalk being used? Does a sidewalk on the west side of the road reduce people walking in the road? Are there more people walking on the east side of the road? Is a sidewalk needed or wanted in this area?…. Keep the feedback coming, through the blog comments, on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This process is all about community input to understand how public spaces can best serve the people.
What the heck is a “pop-up”?
A “pop-up” is a temporary, low-cost project to try out a new use for a space without investing in major infrastructure changes and cost. Think of it this way, pop-up = temporary.
Why a pop-up sidewalk in Boulder Park?
The goal of the temporary/pop-up sidewalk near Boulder Park is to give people a place off of the road to walk. This way, the City can gather feedback from visitors, residents, and businesses to see what the needs are and what might work to address the safety issue of people and vehicles on the street. The area near Boulder Park, Sydney’s, and Artist’s Point is known for a lot of foot and vehicle traffic, spectacular harbor views, and popular businesses. Whether or not a change is needed is up in the air, but most agree that there is a conflict between vehicles and people walking in the roadway.