Organizers of Safe Routes Bexley's Moose Trail to Montrose, an event designed to increase safety around Montrose Elementary School, 2555 E. Main St., are seeking volunteers to help paint alleys and crosswalks near the school.
South Bexley residents Mark Subel and Megan Durham have spearheaded a plan to work with residents to paint alleys and crosswalks at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in the alley one half block to the south of Main Street between the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., to Roosevelt Avenue.
Subel and Durham, part of the grassroots citizen-led organization Safe Routes Bexley, said they got the idea for the event after observing that alleys crossing Euclaire Avenue and South Cassingham and Vernon roads are not marked by a crosswalk.
"The city wants the kids (who attend Montrose) to go to Main Street to cross," Subel said. "It just doesn't make sense because kids will go the least distance possible."
"I live on Cassingham just by one of the main crossings," Durham said. "There's a lot of traffic on it every day, mostly from students, but also from other pedestrians. It's the fastest way to the library."
Durham said she's noticed there are no signs indicating that pedestrians and cyclists cross in these areas, street parking makes it difficult to see oncoming vehicles and motorists often travel fast down the roads to get to Main Street.
"I've lived there 13 years," she said. "I've seen a lot of close calls."
During the Safe Routes Bexley event, volunteers will paint a clearly marked alley walkway. Volunteers will also paint large crosswalks on Euclaire Avenue and South Cassingham and Vernon Roads, connecting the alleys. The newly painted alleyways and crosswalks will also connect Montrose Elementary with the Bexley Public Library, Subel said.
"The goal is for safety, not only for kids, but for all residents," he said.
"Our longer vision is it will help spur other initiatives throughout the city."
In conjunction with National Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 2, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Bexley Public Library parking lot to unveil the newly painted route.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, go to facebook.com/saferoutesbexley.