A new report on dangers to children walking or riding to school highlights “substantial wood smoke” as a health and visiblity problem at Woodriver Elementary but fails to offer any recommendation to address it.
In addition to the infrastructure deficiencies described above, Woodriver Elementary faces the seasonal issue of substantial wood smoke in the walk zone and particularly around the school. Smoke from outdoor wood boilers on private property in the neighborhood stays close to the ground during temperature inversions. Not only is this smoke unhealthy to breathe, but it makes it difficult for motorists to see children walking along neighborhood streets. (Page 98)
The report does not mention the coal smoke problem along Birch Lane near University Park Elementary.
Comments on the draft will be accepted until October 24, 2011.
Comments will help develop an effective plan for improving bicyclist and pedestrian safety around Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) area schools.
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