Walking Towards a Brighter Future Petition

Our current school system sets up students to fail.

Bridgeport High schoolers do not have school buses and students walk unsafe routes every day due to not all of them qualifying for bus passes to take the public bus to school. High schoolers must live 2.0 miles away from school in order to qualify for public bus passes. 

Most students are not given bus passes and don’t have access to school buses. And so students walk, often over one hour - through streets with unsafe intersections, poor lighting and substandard sidewalks. Students walk in the heat, in the snow, and in the rain.

If and when we make it to school, the security lines hold us up, and are unwelcoming. Instead of being able to go into our first class and receive our education, we are at risk of being kept out of class and punished for being late. Being tardy means being kept out of first period, and eventual detention. Students struggle to accumulate enough credits to graduate on time.  It's a vicious cycle. And our students deserve better. 

That’s why Make the Road Connecticut youth, with support from The Nature Conservancy and Sacred Heart University assessed the quality and safety of the walking routes most often used by Bridgeport High schoolers. Their results showed that 82% of street segments and 91% of intersections received a failing grade. These results proved what the students already knew, the city is not prioritizing the health and public safety of Bridgeport students.

Now it's your turn.  Join us as we let the our Bridgeport Officials know - it's time to put Bridgeport students first! Its time for the City to commit to ensure that our students have safe walking routes to school. 

SIGN ON: Join a growing movement of Bridgeport parents, students, and concerned residents to tell Bridgeport to commit to helping Bridgeport students “walk towards a brighter future”

Dear Mayor Ganim, 

The Make The Road Connecticut Youth Power Committee, together with the Nature Conservancy and Sacred Heart University, assessed a total of 34 intersections and 44 segments along nine routes used by Bridgeport high schoolers who walk to school. Almost all 82% of segments and 91% of crossings examined received a failing grade. In addition, students who walk/cycle/skate to school more often reported feeling unsafe, missing first period, and lower grades due to travel-related challenges than students who ride in a motor vehicle.

 It is bad enough that Bridgeport high schoolers need to live 2.0 miles or more just to qualify for a public bus pass to get to school. There is a culture of not prioritizing the public health and safety of Bridgeport students by not giving them school buses. Let's start changing that culture. Let’s put our students first!

It’s time for you as our Mayor to work together with Bridgeport students to ensure that our city provides students with transportation to high school.  We are asking for the Mayor’s support in ensuring that our students have safe walking routes to school.

Who's signing

June Crawford
Erlyn Garcia
Sam Giffin
Jason Maryeski
Sofia Pendley
Stephanie Stroud
Eui Young Kim
Claudia Hernandez
Stephanie Sickinger
Olivia Backal-Balik
Sara Soleck
Amarilis Pullen
Kacey Perkins
Barbara Scala
Arselia C
Bryan Vega
Elias Estabrook
Janett Cerna
Laura Maranon
Janine Barlow
Mirka Dominguez-Salinas
Maria Rivera
Margery Morrow
Leanne Harpin
Leora Matison
Justin Lawson
niels heilmann
Alexander Morales
Chris Ludwig
65 signatures

Will you sign?

  • June Crawford
    signed 2021-11-29 09:16:38 -0500
    My son is a high school student and we live over 2 miles away from his school. This is ridiculous! Attendance is important but I guess there are some that don’t think its priority because they have set these students up to fail as stated above.
  • Erlyn Garcia
    signed 2021-08-12 10:42:51 -0400
  • Sam Giffin
    signed 2021-01-23 16:22:23 -0500
  • Jason Maryeski
    signed 2020-12-19 15:38:14 -0500
  • Sofia Pendley
    signed 2020-09-23 21:36:12 -0400
  • Stephanie Stroud
    signed via 2020-06-22 13:23:17 -0400
  • Eui Young Kim
    signed 2020-06-14 18:51:24 -0400
  • Claudia Hernandez
    signed via 2020-06-08 12:35:58 -0400
  • Stephanie Sickinger
    signed 2020-06-03 14:50:44 -0400
  • Olivia Backal-Balik
    signed 2019-11-20 10:34:45 -0500
  • Sara Soleck
    signed 2019-07-30 12:18:12 -0400
    My oldest daughter who’s 13 has interlectural disability but has the bus come to our house and pick her up for now it worries me when she enters high school I also have 4 other children 2 dad takes to school for now and the other 2 are still little it worries me as they get older as a mother what’s going to happen to them with bussing this is not fair to any of the children today back then when I went to school all I had to do was leave my house and walk to the corner to Cath the school bus that’s the way it should be not the way it is today with all these kidnapping and even shootings going on our kids need to be safe not scared or worried walking to school so as a mother I’m praying for a different outcome for all our children involve because no child should have that fear or anexiety because I can relate to anexiety and fear and know it’s not fair for any child to face that.so let’s make this a better and safe walk and get our kids bussing and passes so they don’t have to miss anymore school.
  • Amarilis Pullen
    signed 2019-07-29 12:55:30 -0400
  • Kacey Perkins
    @circus_rose tweeted link to this page. 2019-07-16 11:46:06 -0400
    Sign the petition: Walking Towards a Brighter Future Petition https://www.maketheroadct.org/wtabf_petition?recruiter_id=2954
  • Kacey Perkins
    signed 2019-07-16 11:45:48 -0400
  • Barbara Scala
    signed 2019-07-16 09:28:18 -0400
  • Arselia C
    signed 2019-07-13 00:48:34 -0400
  • Bryan Vega
    signed 2019-07-12 14:34:35 -0400
  • Elias Estabrook
    signed 2019-07-12 07:52:42 -0400
  • Janett Cerna
    signed 2019-07-12 00:35:39 -0400
  • Laura Maranon
    signed 2019-07-11 22:58:31 -0400
    No student should be walking to school when transportation is included for all of them in the federal budget regardless of how far they leave.

    In the Town where I drive there is this student who leaves across the street from his house, and the bus still pick him up to take him to school. And there is no special service or need identified to the child.

    Just how transportation for students should be!!!

    Thank uou for your attention to thus matter!!!
  • Janine Barlow
    signed 2019-07-11 21:38:16 -0400
  • Mirka Dominguez-Salinas
    signed 2019-07-11 19:53:28 -0400
  • Maria Rivera
    signed 2019-07-11 19:04:37 -0400
  • Margery Morrow
    signed 2019-07-11 16:54:22 -0400
  • Leanne Harpin
    signed 2019-07-11 16:51:19 -0400
  • Leora Matison
    signed 2019-07-11 15:20:13 -0400
  • Justin Lawson
    signed 2019-07-11 14:58:35 -0400
  • niels heilmann
    signed 2019-07-11 13:38:43 -0400
  • Alexander Morales
    signed 2019-07-11 13:27:26 -0400
  • Chris Ludwig
    signed 2019-07-11 13:14:41 -0400

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