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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A public meeting Thursday will help identify ways to it easier and safer for people to bike, walk and bus near Wake Forest University.

It’s part of a $50,000 study FOX8 first told you about back in July that will offer transit recommendations and address safety concerns.

“Particularly along University [Parkway]…Reynolda [Road], you have instances where people are just crossing the road anywhere and there's no real designated spot for them to be in,” said Project-manager Amy Crum, with the City-County Planning Board.

Students and faculty often have to cross busy roads to get to nearby athletic facilities or businesses from campus.

In many places there are no sidewalks.

Crum said the study could point to both infrastructure and policy changes; more bike lanes, sidewalks or intersection improvements.

The study is largely funded through federal money with a portion of funding coming from Wake Forest University. It may serve as a model for other schools or medical campuses in the area, according to Crum.

Thursday’s public meeting will start 4 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. at Winston-Salem First church, room 100, 3730 University Parkway.

The study is expected to be completed by January of 2014.

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