Milam Elementary in El Paso, Texas, has a unique method for keeping students safe and cycling. For the past six years, Milam (pronounced MY-lum) has given a bike license to each student in grades 3, 4 and 5 who passes a written and skills test after a two-week bicycle safety course. The license allows those students to ride their bikes to school on their own (that year OR for the duration of their time at the school).
A federal law—the Volunteer Protection Act—provides volunteers with significant protections from liability associated with volunteer activity in every state but one. Some states also have laws that provide additional protections for volunteers.
This fact sheet, developed in 2010 by the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN), a ChangeLab Solutions project, provides an overview of legal protections designed to shield volunteers from liability.
This fact sheet, developed in 2010 by the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN), a ChangeLab Solutions project, explains why liability fears shouldn’t stop school districts from supporting SRTS programs. It provides an overview of liability and negligence, and offers practical tips on how school districts and others can reduce their risk of liability.
The best way to understand walking and bicycling safety issues at a particular school is by observing students arriving or departing during a normal school day. This includes observing children as they walk or bike the routes to school, how they cross streets, the interactions they have with cars and buses on the school campus, and how they make their way to the school door. The goal is to identify two main things:
As the importance of drawing upon community assets to sustain SRTS programs continues to grow, thinking beyond the "usual suspects" as partners is more important than ever. In this sixty minute program, we will highlight partner ideas from four outstanding programs that provide wonderful examples of building strong ties with other community organizations.
So much has happened since our last Safe Routes Matters. So many important decisions, events and announcements that will help to move forward the idea behind Safe Routes to School. Starting with International Walk to School Day, the lucky seventh since the National Center was formed. Once again the country set a new record for the number of registered events—4,250 to date, with one week of reporting to go. All of you reading this had something to do with making that happen, so a big congratulations to you.
For most readers of this e-newsletter, Walk to School Day will be a happy memory at this point. Not so for Don Cross. He’ll have some warm and fuzzies for sure, but with more still to come for another week or so.
Six years ago, Community Connections, a local nonprofit that runs afterschool programs in Montpelier, Vt., public schools, identified a need to get students more physically active during the school day. The organization saw the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program as the perfect way to get students excited about physical activity.
After receiving a non-infrastructure SRTS grant from the state, Community Connections spent the next two years running programs that concentrated on the five E’s: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation and Engineering.