Getting There Together: A Message from the Director

As many schools take a well-deserved break for the summer months, the National Center for Safe Routes to School keeps moving forward. This summer, we’re offering twice as many free Safe Routes to School webinars every month – including webinars on international programs and prioritizing infrastructure projects. In addition, we’re accepting applications for two exciting milestones – the 2012 Safe Routes to School Award and the 2013 Safe Routes to School National Conference. We love these opportunities to learn about some of the most creative and successful SRTS programs and to meet others who are passionate enough about walking and biking to school to host a national conference! Keep the applications coming, and expect announcements about each early this fall.

This month brought another milestone, as well: the opening of registration for the 16th annual observance of Walk to School Day, which will take place October 3, 2012. Mark your calendar for the big day, and register at www.walkbiketoschool.org to get access to resources like planning tips and ideas, templates for materials like fliers and banners, and a weekly e-newsletter sent out the six weeks leading up to the event.

State SRTS programs are moving full steam ahead – for instance, this month we hosted a peer exchange for the SRTS coordinators of several states with tribal populations so that they could learn from their peers how to better serve the safe routes to school needs of these communities. This meeting was a great way for states to work together, and was held in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Education’s annual meeting.

While many schools are off for the summer, year-round schools will keep walking and bicycling to school efforts moving forward. Everyone enjoy the summer, and prepare for an active and fun fall.

Lauren Marchetti
Director
National Center for Safe Routes to School