From staff reports
Franklin’s spring Walk and Bike to School Day will be held Wednesday.
The walk is in memory of the late Jim Holden, who started the event in Franklin 14 years ago.
For the event, students will meet at one of three starting points and will walk or bike to school under the supervision of volunteers from the Franklin Area School District, St. Patrick School, the Franklin police department, Allegheny Valley Trails Association, Venango County sheriff’s department will supervise and lead the event. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
Riders under the age of 12 are required to wear bicycle helmets. Helmets are available upon request from the Venango County sheriff’s department by calling (814) 432-9571.
The starting points include:
- Third and Liberty streets – Students and chaperones will depart at 7:40 a.m. and travel along Liberty Street toward St. Patrick’s School, turn onto West Park St. and end at Central Elementary School.
- Railroad and 13th streets – Depart at 7:45 a.m. and travel down 13th Street onto Liberty Street, turn onto 15th Street and then Otter Street. The route will stop at Central Elementary School before continuing to St. Patrick’s School.
- Save-a-Lot parking lot on the 400 block of Grant St. – Depart at 7:45 a.m. via Atlantic Avenue to 13th St. and onto Otter Street. This route will stop at Central Elementary School before continuing to St. Patrick’s School.
Participants may join with the groups on each route at the cross streets along the way.
Police officers and volunteers will escort students back to their original meeting points at school dismissal time.