Student safety depends on snow-free sidewalks

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 01/08 2014 05:01PM

Updated 01/08 2014 05:18PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Many sidewalks around the city aren't shoveled and parents are concerned for their children's safety while walking to school.

For a lot of kids, Wednesday was the first day back to school. Hundreds walked. But some sidewalks weren't clear. It's making some parents a bit uneasy.

The CU Safe Route to School Project is joining parents and urging people to shovel sidewalks. Snow-covered sidewalks are forcing some kids to walk in the middle of the street. With slippery roads, it has the potential to turn deadly.

That's why the CU Safe Route to School Project put up a billboard reminding people to keep sidewalks clean. The group says, if you can clear your driveway, you can clear your sidewalk. One parent says he's doing his part.

Many work closely with schools in Champaign-Urbana. Some say people with mobility issues are also at risk. Those in a wheelchair who need to get around and can't use the sidewalk are forced into the street; also causing safety issues.

It wasn't just students walking who had a hard time getting to school Wednesday. The Champaign School District had limited bus service.

Some stops outside the city were still snow-covered and too dangerous. District leaders plan to have bus service for all students Thursday.

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