State Coordinators Complete SRTS Instructor Training

RICHMOND, VA — Five Safe Routes to School State Coordinators gathered in Richmond, Virginia, last week to complete an intensive three-day Safe Routes to School National Course Instructor Training. The coordinators, along with their teaching partners, are now officially trained to deliver the SRTS National Course in their own state.

Participants included:

  • Jakob Helmboldt (VA SRTS Coordinator) and John Bolecek (VA DOT)
  • Julie Walcoff (OH SRTS Coordinator) and Joe Glinski (OH FHWA)
  • Sharon Okoye (CT SRTS Coordinator) and Mary McCarthy ( University of Connecticut)
  • Sara Janes (WY SRTS Coordinator) and Jay Meyer (WY Bike/Ped Coordinator)
  • Morgan Wilson (KY SRTS Coordinator) and Tiffani Jackson (KY Bike/Ped Coordinator)
  • Josue Yambo (VA FHWA) and Lorenzo Casanova (VA FHWA)

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine delivered opening remarks at the SRTS National Course taught on Tuesday, March 13.

The SRTS National Course is designed to bring together the right mix of community stakeholders to create sound Safe Routes to School programs. The one-day course, developed by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and maintained by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, addresses safety, health and transportation issues.

For more information on the National Course, please visit

Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school. The Center strives to equip Safe Routes to School programs with the knowledge and technical information to implement safe and successful strategies.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.