Franklin looks to protect young walkers, cyclists

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When students in Franklin want to cross State Road 44 to walk or ride a bike to school, they don’t always cross at a crosswalk or with a crossing guard.

Bill Doty, director of operations for Franklin schools, has seen students riding their bikes against traffic outside Northwood Elementary School and Franklin Community Middle School.

He is working with the city to get a grant that could pay for infrastructure such as sidewalks or trails to make it easier for kids to get to school.

A crossing guard could be hired to help shepherd students across busy intersections. Or a stoplight could be installed at an intersection to allow kids to cross.

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