Summer Webinars Feature International Programs, Prioritizing Infrastructure Projects

Now our webinars offer twice the tips –  this summer, the Safe Routes to School webinar series will include two webinars per month. 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.

Recent webinars (now archived on our website) have highlighted how to slow vehicles near schools and tips from the 2011 Safe Routes to School Award recipients. Upcoming webinars include:

June 28: A Global Perspective on Safe Routes to School

July 17: Prioritizing Pedestrian Infrastructure Needs

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.

Making tough choices easier: How to prioritize pedestrian infrastructure needs

Communities may have a lot of ideas for infrastructure projects to improve walking and biking conditions around schools.  But how do they decide which infrastructure improvements will have the greatest impact on walking and biking to school? This webinar will help professionals prioritize projects at various schools and show how this prioritization process has been applied in two communities. 

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Time: 1-2 p.m. ET

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First, Nancy Pullen-Seufert, associate director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, will introduce the guide on infrastructure project selection developed by National Center. The guide outlines a process that includes criteria to group schools based on safety and pedestrian patterns. Then, planners and engineers from San Francisco and Miami will discuss two different approaches to prioritizing projects at multiple schools. 

Jessica Manzi will describe how Safe Routes to School San Francisco partnered with University of California San Francisco to collect student travel tally data. These data were used as a baseline for a new school reassignment policy.

Then, David Henderson, of the Miami Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Stewart  Robertson, of Kimley Horn & Associates, will discuss how the Miami Dade MPO developed an SRTS infrastructure plan for high-priority schools. They will explain how the plan was developed and how the priority of those schools was determined.