Request the Course

Process

To request the course, review the information below and contact Nancy Pullen-Seufert by phone, (919) 962-7419, or email, pullen@hsrc.unc.edu.

Who requests the course?

Local coordinating agencies may be community SRTS programs, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), health departments, transportation departments, state SRTS programs, schools, school districts, city or county governments, coalitions and public service groups. Agencies may partner to fund and coordinate the training.

Course cost

The course costs $5,000, with the National Center for Safe Routes to School covering much of the administrative costs. Under certain circumstances, a reduced rate is available when two or three courses are scheduled in the same week.

Overview of the role of the local coordinator

Effective course delivery begins with preparation by the local coordinator at the requesting agency. The National Center for Safe Routes to School will work with the local coordinator and provide guidance on how to hold a successful course. The local coordinator will:

  1. Select the course location. This includes a school for the observational exercise and a classroom for the course (at or very near the school).
  2. Invite and secure commitment from course participants. The course accommodates 20–40 participants. Commonly invited participants include: SRTS task force members (if there's already a group in place), school administrators and transportation staff, parents, transportation engineers, city or town planners, local government officials, law enforcement officers, public health professionals and bicycle/pedestrian coordinators as well as others that have an interest in safety, obesity prevention, physical activity promotion, transportation, bicycling, walking, children's health or the school neighborhood.
  3. Provide refreshments and lunches for participants. Lunch on-site is a necessary part of the course and keeps the course running smoothly and on-schedule.
  4. Obtain aerial maps of the school and surrounding neighborhood.
  5. Provide course equipment and supplies including: LCD projector, extension cords, easel paper, nametags, markers and an attendance list.
  6. Secure community representatives such as the school principal or local transportation engineer who can speak to the group about current conditions (This is optional, but recommended).
  7. Keep momentum going after the course. Send to all participants a summary of their commitments, the action plan created in the closing session and participant contact information.

Each of these responsibilities will be described in more detail when a course is requested.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School will provide:

  1. Pre-course technical assistance to the local coordinator to guide successful preparation.
  2. Customizable marketing material.
  3. Guidelines regarding topics for community representatives to address.
  4. Customized course agenda.
  5. Instructor travel arrangements.
  6. Course presentation by two trained instructors who have become familiar with the area's issues and assets that may influence SRTS program development.
  7. Course materials.

For more information, contact Nancy Pullen-Seufert by phone, (919) 962-7419, or email, pullen@hsrc.unc.edu.