2nd Safe Routes to School National Conference Call for Proposals

Learn how Safe Routes to School programs across the country are changing the habits of an entire generation of schoolchildren and putting thousands of families two steps ahead of health and environmental concerns at the 2nd Safe Routes to School National Conference:

August 19–21, 2009
Hilton Portland
Portland, Oregon
Please keep checking www.saferoutesconference.org for registration information.
There will be a pre-conference workshop on health issues.

Call for proposals — Feb. 2, 2009 deadline

Conference theme is "Two Steps Ahead." Presentations and posters should exemplify Safe Routes to School programs' ability to address a range of issues that affect our society, and give schoolchildren the tools to change habits and stay two steps ahead of health issues, environmental problems and traffic congestion. The conference will offer 90-minute workshops and interactive 180-minute training opportunities that allow for more in-depth discussion and hands-on events. Presenters should focus their messages on a single age group (K–5, middle school) or geographic location (urban, suburban, rural).

Any individual, organization, business, non-profit or public agency that is actively engaged in Safe Routes to School and can demonstrate experiential success is invited to submit a proposal for presentation and/or posters.

Key subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocacy
  • Diverse communities
  • Overcoming challenges
  • Training
  • Evaluation
  • Community development
  • Leadership
  • The five E's
  • Encouraging youth

Thematic tracks during the conference will include:

  • Transportation, infrastructure and safety
  • Empowering families and youth
  • Education and encouragement
  • Health and evaluation
  • Growing the SRTS movement

Additional instructions and online forms will be posted online. To submit your presentation or poster proposal, please visit www.saferoutesconference.org.

The Safe Routes to School National Conference is co-presented by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, with hosting and coordination by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Portland, Oregon.