The city of Portland, Ore., recognized nationally for its walking and bicycling programs, was selected through a competitive application process to host the 2nd Safe Routes to School National Conference in 2009. The conference site was announced August 7 by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
"We're excited to have Portland host this important conference," said Lauren Marchetti, Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. "Portland has been praised for encouraging its children and adults to walk and bicycle as viable transportation alternatives. Their proposal to host the conference included creative partnerships and an emphasis on scholarships that will increase attendance and set the stage for another successful SRTS conference," added Marchetti.
The conference is planned for late summer of 2009 (details forthcoming). The 1st Safe Routes to School National Conference, held in Dearborn, Michigan, in November 2007, exceeded expectations with more than 400 participants including program representatives, state transportation administrators, engineers, planners, elected officials, parents and community members. For more information on the first conference, please visit www.saferoutesmichigan.org/nationalconference.htm.