A public workshop on Reynoldsburg's Safe Routes to School program will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Messiah Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1200 Waggoner Road.

A public workshop on Reynoldsburg's Safe Routes to School program will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Messiah Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1200 Waggoner Road.

The program is designed for parents, district staff members and community members interested in helping make it safer for children to walk and bike to school.

Coordinator Mark Waite said the Aug. 4 event is a chance to learn about the program, discuss solutions to the challenges of getting safely to and from school, and to start a Safe Routes team for each school in Reynoldsburg.

"We need to be taking whatever steps we can now to start making it safer for children to get to school when they go back next month," said Monica DeBrock, a Reynoldsburg parent and another Safe Routes coordinator and volunteer.

"Infrastructure fixes will take time, but there's a lot we can do now to promote safe walking and biking through education, encouragement and enforcement of road safety, and through support in the community around each school for keeping the streets safe for kids," DeBrock said.

"This can only happen if an active team forms in each school we hope the workshop will bring that about and start turning ideas into practical plans."

More information is available by calling DeBrock at (614)561-8919 or Waite at (614) 592-3814.

-- David S. Owen