Ten years of Safe Routes to School – Celebrating successes and looking toward the future

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 2:00 pm EDT

In August 2005, Congress passed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). This transportation bill included a new Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program that aimed to improve the ability of primary and middle school students to walk and bike to school safely.  Since then, the program has reached more than 6.8 million students in over 17,400 K-8 schools in all fifty States and the District of Columbia.

In celebration of ten years of SRTS, the National Center for SRTS prepared Creating Healthier Generations, A Look at Ten Years of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program, a report that examines the accomplishments of the Federal program and highlights successful SRTS programs around the country. This webinar presents key findings of the report, and features presentations from two SRTS initiatives that have forged multi-agency collaboration to implement comprehensive programs and impact student health and safety.

Presenters:

Wesley Blount, Federal Highway Administration Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Office of Planning, Environment and Realty. Mr. Blount will provide FHWA comments on the ten year anniversary of SRTS.

Seth LaJeunesse, Program Manager, National Center for Safe Routes to School.Mr. LaJeunesse will review key findings from Creating Healthier Generations, A Look at Ten Years of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program, a report that examines the accomplishments of the Federal SRTS program.

Representatives from the Miami-Dade Safe Routes to School Initiative, describe components of a successful comprehensive program that reduced child pedestrian injuries.

  •  Rachele Solomon, MPH, WalkSafe Program Manager, KiDZ Neuroscience Center The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • David Henderson, Bicycle Pedestrian Administrator, Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Vivian G. Villaamil, Director, Transportation Planning, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Representatives from the North Carolina Active Routes to School Program, describe the Active Routes to School Program, a North Carolina Safe Routes to School Project supported by a partnership between the NC Department of Transportation and the NC Division of Public Health.

  • Ed Johnson, RLA, ASLA, Assistant Director, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, Safe Routes to School Coordinator.  
  • Lori K. Rhew, MA, PAPHS, Manager, Healthy Eating and Active Living Unit,Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health, North Carolina Division of Public Health

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