School children travel to and from school by a variety of modes including school buses, private vehicles, carpools, public and private transportation providers, bicycles and on foot. While Safe Routes to School programs typically focus on increasing the numbers of children who walk and bike and on reducing private vehicle trips, finding ways to involve children who travel by other modes and improve transportation safety for all children can help broaden your program's reach and establish buy-in with schools. This webinar will examine how to involve bus riders and carpoolers in special walking events, the importance of sharing pedestrian safety messages with all students and how school transport officials and school administrators can implement policies that focus on safety as they designate school bus stops.
When: Tuesday, August 30, 1-2 p.m. EDT
Julie Childers will discuss Trails for Youth's work with numerous schools in Northern Virginia to provide education and encouragement programs that seek to involve children from various modes. In addition, Bill Hall will provide an overview of issues related to the selection of school bus stop locations and related pedestrian safety issues.
Julie Childers is co-founder and Executive Director of TrailsforYouth.Org. TYO's mission is to mentor youth on the importance of being active outdoors and has several nature-based youth programs including implementing Safe Routes to School in 12 Northern Virginia schools.
Bill Hall is the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center's (HSRC) expert in child restraints, safety belts, airbags, and occupant restraint issues including school bus transportation. His research, educational and training efforts have included educating and training parents, care-givers, health educators, police officers, the general public, and targeted populations about how to safely transport children and adults in a wide variety of vehicles.
For more information, please contact Michelle Gulley at Mgulley@americawalks.org.