National Center for Safe Routes to School Hosts First Annual Meeting of the State Safe Routes to School Coordinators

CHAPEL HILL, NC — Safe Routes to School (SRTS) State Coordinators gathered in Washington, D.C., from July 31 – August 2 for their program’s first national meeting. Forty-one States and the District of Columbia were represented at the meeting hosted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Both permanent and interim SRTS Coordinators gathered to meet one another and share information about programs in their states. They discussed program plans, application procedures, evaluation issues, and heard about current programs and plans for the NCSRTS. The Coordinators also heard from federal agencies and national advocacy and nonprofit organizations that are active in SRTS initiatives around the country including AASHTO, America Walks, FHWA, Governors Highway Safety Association, the League of American Bicyclists, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, NHTSA and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. A highlight of the meeting was a stirring keynote address presented by Congressman James L. Oberstar of Minnesota.

“The State SRTS Coordinators are an energized group of professionals dedicated to the success of the national SRTS program and looking forward to working together to promote safe routes to school,” said Lauren Marchetti, NCSRTS Director.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is led by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center in partnership with AASHTO, GHSA, ITE, America Walks and Toole Design Group. For more information, please visit the NCSRTS Web site at www.saferoutesinfo.org.