Local Host Sought for the 2nd Safe Routes to School National Conference

CHAPEL HILL, NC — The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership are now seeking proposals from potential host agencies to organize the 2nd Safe Routes to School National Conference which would take place during the summer or autumn of 2009. The deadline for proposal submissions is July 1, 2008. To download the complete request, please visit www.saferoutesinfo.org/events-and-training/conferences.

A conference call will be offered to further discuss and field questions surrounding this request on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 from 1:00 – 2:30 EDT. To register for the call, please visit www.saferoutesinfo.org/events-and-training/conferences.

The Safe Routes to School National Conference provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations interested and involved with Safe Routes to School to network, engage in educational opportunities and form partnerships to enhance their Safe Routes to School work. The intent of the request is to identify and select an experienced organization that will be responsible for conference and event support, planning, coordinating, fundraising and implementing all aspects related to a three day national meeting of 300-600 program representatives, state DOTs, planners, elected officials, and community members.

The 1st Safe Routes to School National Conference, held in Dearborn, Michigan, in November 2007, exceeded expectations for registration and is considered to have been a resounding success. For more information on the first conference, please visit www.saferoutesmichigan.org/nationalconference.htm.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school. Established in May 2006, the Center strives to equip Safe Routes to School programs with the knowledge and technical information to implement safe and successful strategies. The Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. For more information, please visit www.saferoutesinfo.org.

Launched in August 2005, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a fast-growing network of hundreds of organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, secure funding, and provide educational materials to agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s mission is to serve a diverse national community of organizations that advocates for and promotes the practice of safe bicycling and walking to and from schools throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.saferoutespartnership.org.