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Crosswalks to Classrooms

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Years: 2022

Image credit: Bloomberg Foundation.

Crosswalks to Classrooms

KCCI and partners are bringing the well-loved Crosswalks to Classrooms project from Tampa to Tallahassee! In partnership with Foundation for Leon County SchoolsKate Sullivan Elementary, Elizabeth Cobb Middle, The City of Tallahassee, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of North Florida, and artist Jay Giroux on September 24, 2022 the concept will be piloted in Tallahassee with a community painting in the morning.

Students at Kate Sullivan and Cobb were at the center of the planning and design process, exposing them to careers in art, communications, and city planning, click here to see more. We are EXCITED to see the wonderful designs that they create with Jay, for crosswalks near the schools at Hillcrest Street and Mitchell Avenue.

Similar projects have been shown to slow down traffic, increase crosswalk usage and decrease negative interactions between cars and pedestrians, improving overall safety. Bloomberg Foundation spent a few year’s studying the impacts of asphalt art. You can read their comprehensive report HERE.

Kate Sullivan Elementary and Cobb Middle School see more than 800 students walking to their schools on a daily basis.

Join us on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9-1 p.m. by Cobb and Kate Sullivan to see the colorful crosswalks being painted.

Local artists are invited to come out Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. to learn from Artist Jay Giroux. He has successfully implemented dozens of asphalt art and crosswalk project for the City of Tampa’s Crosswalks to Classrooms program.

Looking to recreate this in your area or your town? Download Bloomberg Foundation’s Asphalt Art Guide HERE. 

The Crosswalks to Classrooms project will engage diverse communities, students, governmental entities, and businesses through participatory planning practices, while enhancing roadway safety and improving travel to school. Through painting artistic crosswalks and curb extensions, Crosswalks to Classrooms seamlessly marries placemaking and pedestrian safety.

This project is being piloted as part of KCCI’s 4th Annual Placemaking Week. Click here for a listing of all Placemaking Week 2022 projects.