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Where do they Walk?

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Kids have to get to school.

But in Moline, the could be a problem for hundreds of students next year.

Last year, the Moline School Board voted to close two schools, Ericsson and Garfield Elementaries.

Most will end up going to renovated Hamilton Elementary. 

But the question is: How will they get there. 

Moline doesn't have any bussing system.

So, after the schools close next year, students who used to walk blocks to school, will now have to walk miles. 

And for the students at Garfield, those miles could be dangerous.

One of the main stretches of road doesn't have a side walk, leaving the city council concerned. 

"Schools have to run their business, and closing schools is their decision," says Moline Alderman David Parker. "Safety is something that concerns myself as well as the other council members."

The most direct route students can take from Garfield to Hamilton is along 25th Avenue. 

A road with no sidewalks, and nowhere to walk, except in the road. 

"After looking at this hill, it; just crazy," says Keene Hart of the Quad City Safe Kids Coalition. "The second leading cause of death of our kids today is pedestrian related injuries."

According to Hart, over 200,000 kids were hurt in pedestrian related accidents last year. 

And even though Moline City Council is considering putting a sidewalk in, it's a long process to get it funded and built. 

But Hart says something needs to be done here, and fast.

"They have to have a sidewalk! They have to have one, other wise don't send the kids, it's that simple." he explains. "They are looking at a huge lawsuit if they have kids walking down this hill and in the street with no sidewalk. That's crazy." 

Moline City Council is considering applying for a federal grant to fund the $600,000 sidewalk project.

The grant could help fund around $160,000.

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