Administrators and Tappan Zee High School student/Safe Routes to School lead Matthew Tobin met with Town Supervisor Teresa Kenny and representatives from the Highway Department and Orangetown Police Department on August 13 to discuss the potential increase in the number of students walking and biking to school and how to work together to support safe routes to our schools. View the list of crossing guard locations and hours for 2020-21.
As a Student Ambassador with the Alliance of New York State YMCAs Safe Routes To School (SRTS) program for the past two years, Tobin engaged community members to conduct “walk audits” of the area surrounding Tappan Zee High School to identify improvements needed to make walking and biking to school safe and appealing. District administrators credit his advocacy for decisions to add bicycle racks at Cottage Lane Elementary School and SOMS to support a potential increase in the number of students biking to school for the 2020-21 school year.
This week, Tobin submitted his TZHS-specific findings and a prioritized list of recommended improvements to the Town for review. He is looking into the process for starting a SRTS club at the high school.