As an eighth grade student at Edison Intermediate School here in Westfield, I walk to school almost every day. In three years of walking down Rahway Avenue, I’ve seen many students biking to school and they always use the sidewalk. This is because there are no bike lanes and many feel the road is too busy and unsafe for them on their bikes.
This is an issue for all of us heading to and from school because the bikes are in danger of hitting me and other students walking on the sidewalk and being hit by cars in the street. I’d really like to skateboard to school but haven’t for the same reasons, and there are too many holes and uneven areas.
I recently met Scott Katz, who’s running to be our Ward 4 Councilman. When I talked to him about this, he recommended I go to the pedestrian and bicycle safety plan town hall. I did go and was able to learn about what the town is currently trying to do to make it safer for kids like me to walk and bike to school. They even listened to what I had to say. I was glad to see Scott there too, and we talked some more about our thoughts on the ideas on display.
I’m excited that Scott is making this an important issue in his campaign. He showed me that he cares a lot about the safety of kids and all the residents of Westfield. I’m writing this letter because I’m too young to vote, but I hope everyone who can, will vote for Scott and help him advocate for better, safer, and greener ways of getting to school and around town.