Apply to Host the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference

Applications due June 22

The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership are now seeking proposals from potential host agencies to organize the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference, which will take place in August 2013. Hosting the National Conference will bring national recognition to the host organization and host city as leaders in Safe Routes to School, and provide a boost to the local economy as hundreds of attendees come to your town. Being the host agency for the National Conference can also build more local support for your Safe Routes to School program and strengthen ties with local stakeholders. The deadline for proposal submissions is June 22, 2012. To download the complete request, please visit www.saferoutesinfo.org/conference/rfp

A telephone conference call will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 1:00 - 2:30 eastern to further discuss and field questions surrounding this request for proposals (RFP).  You must register for the call in advance by visiting www.saferoutesinfo.org/conference/rfp.  

The intent of the RFP is to identify and select an experienced organization or agency that will be responsible for conference and event leadership, planning, coordination, fundraising and implementation of all aspects related to running a three-day national meeting of 500-700 program representatives, state DOTs, planners, elected officials and community members. The National Conference provides an opportunity for individuals, agencies and organizations involved with Safe Routes to School to network, engage in educational opportunities, become inspired and form partnerships to enhance their Safe Routes to School work.

The 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference, held in Minneapolis, Minn., in August 2011, had more than 600 participants in attendance and was a resounding success. For more information on the 3rd conference, please visit www.saferoutesconference.org.

# # #

The National Center for Safe Routes to School, which serves as the clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program, assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. Established in May 2006, the National Center strives to equip Safe Routes to School programs with the knowledge and technical information to implement safe and successful strategies. The National Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. For more information, please visit www.saferoutesinfo.org.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership was founded in 2005 and is a fast-growing network of more than 550 groups working to set goals, share best practices, leverage infrastructure and program funding and advance policy change to help agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs across the nation. The National Partnership’s mission is to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities. The National Partnership is hosted by Bikes Belong Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit which is a sister organization to Bikes Belong Coalition. For more information, please visit www.saferoutespartnership.org.