June Webinars: Slowing Vehicles Near Schools and Lessons from Global Programs

During the summer months, the National Center for Safe Routes to School and America Walks will offer two webinars each month on issues related to Safe Routes to School (SRTS). In June, the webinars will focus on slowing driving speeds around schools (June 14) and global SRTS programs (June 28).

Slowing Drivers Down: Why It Matters, and 2 Communities' Solutions

Traffic safety, especially the speed of cars around schools, is one of the biggest barriers to walking and biking to school reported by parents.  Reducing the speed of traffic around schools is a step toward making routes to school safer and encouraging families to walk and bike.  The upcoming Safe Routes to School Webinar will highlight the strategies used by two communities to successfully slow vehicle speeds around schools.

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012

Time: 1-2 p.m. ET

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Scott Bricker, executive director of America Walks, will review relevant research around speed and pedestrian and bicyclist safety and provide a general overview of steps your community can take to slow vehicle speeds around schools. Then, Elizabeth Stampe, director of Walk San Francisco, will discuss how her organization worked with the city’s transportation department to enforce an existing state law and help to reduce speed limits around 181 schools.   Finally, Mark Lear, from the Portland Bureau of Transportation, will describe the city’s development of a neighborhood greenways network with speed limits of 20 mph.  He’ll present some basic design elements of Portland’s greenways and discuss how they built a diverse community coalition to achieve their goals.

A Global Perspective: Lessons from International SRTS Programs

Safe Routes to School projects are thriving around the world.  This 60-minute webinar will illustrate the projects of two international programs.

Date:     Thursday, June 28, 2012

Time: 1-2 p.m. ET

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First, Jacky Kennedy, director of Canada Walks, will introduce Canada’s School Travel Planning Project. This program, originally tested in four provinces and disseminated to 120 schools in every part of Canada, created a detailed, step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive, community-based active school travel program. 

Next, Dr. Catherine O’Brien, a professor at Cape Brenton University working in partnership with the Canada Walks School Travel Planning Project, will discuss her research on “sustainable happiness.” This concept links walking and biking to individual, community and global well-being, and provides further evidence of the benefits of walking and biking to school.

Finally, Gary Shipp, national projects coordinator from Sustrans in the United Kingdom, will describe how his organization’s approach is a community-centered one that builds on small steps to gradually change travel behavior. Sustrans’ goal is to get the whole school community involved and motivated in the program so that sustainable and active travel becomes part of the culture of the community for future generations.

For more information

These webinars are part of the Safe Routes to School webinar series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.   For more information, please contact Michelle Gulley at mgulley@americawalks.org.

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