News Briefs

Register for 2009 Walk to School Day

Registration is open for 2009 Walk to School Day, an international event where communities from more than 40 countries join together to walk and bicycle to school. Walk to School Day is October 7, 2009.

To register a Walk to School event, please visit www.walktoschool.org/register. Registration is free and available to individuals or organizations holding an event in the U.S. By registering,Walk to School organizers gain access to a variety of downloadable materials, including certificates, templates for printing stickers and a frequent walker punch card. Registrants can also subscribe to a weekly Walk to School e-newsletter with tips and resources on holding a Walk to School event. Participation reached a record high last year with more than 2,800 events from all fifty states and the District of Columbia registering on the Walk to School Web site (www.walktoschool.org).

SRTS Webinar to discuss making routes accessible for children with disabilities

June 30 at 2 p.m. EDT -- Speaker: Lois Thibault, U.S. Access Board

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is an important part of Safe Routes to School. Title II of the ADA requires that new construction (and to the maximum extent feasible, alterations) be accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.  A new accessibility standard - the Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) -- for sidewalks and street crossings and related pedestrian facilities is being finalized.  But title II (and other laws) also require that jurisdictions assess their existing pedestrian facilities and prepare a transition plan that identifies and schedules needed improvements. In addition, localities must achieve a degree of usability known as 'program access' in their existing programs and facilities.  'Safe Routes to School' programs, like other Federal, State, and local activities, must meet this objective in implementation as well as in planning and operations.  

In this 60-minute webinar, Lois Thibault, Research Coordinator for the US Access Board, will spell things out.  She is one of three Access Board staff members working on the new PROWAG. The Access Board is the Federal government's specialist in accessible design;  they develop the guidelines that become standards for new construction when adopted by rulemaking agencies.  For more information, see the Board's PROWAG homepage at www.access-board.gov/prowac/. An introduction by Jennifer Toole, from Toole Design Group, will give Webinar participants ideas on how to include children with disabilities in SRTS activities.

Free Webinar on "Complete Streets and Context Sensitive Solutions"

ContextSensitiveSolutions.org and the Federal Highway Administration will present a free webinar on June 11, 2009, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST to discuss the role of Complete Streets in creating Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) that provide safe and efficient transportation options for all users.

The 1.5 hour-long webinar will provide an overview of the Federal Highways Administration perspective on Complete Streets, including a discussion on the importance of pedestrian and bicycle issues, and what federal programs and policies are available to support communities in their Complete Streets efforts.

On the login page, enter as a guest by typing your full name and clicking the "Enter Room" button. Please login to the conference at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to secure your space.

Phone Number to Join the Audio Portion of the Conference: 800-779-1509. Password: 4033692.