Training News: Don’t Miss SRTS Webinars on Winter Weather, Reducing Traffic and Engaging Youth

Upcoming February Webinar: Making the Cold Cool: Keeping Your SRTS Program Going During the Winter

During the coldest months of the year, many Safe Routes to School Programs are put on hold due to the challenges of winter walking and cycling. Cold or icy and snowy conditions can often seem like insurmountable roadblocks to a program’s continued success.  However, this doesn’t have to be the case.

Join us Tuesday, February 28, 1-2 p.m. EST, for a free webinar “Making the Cold Cool: Keeping Your SRTS Program Going During the Winter.”

In this 60-minute webinar, Taylor Lonsdale, the state SRTS coordinator  for Montana, will provide an overview of the issues associated with winter walking and cycling and discuss why it is important to keep your SRTS program running through the  coldest months.   Jenna Zdunek, Health and Wellness Director for the Marquette, Mich., YMCA, will then explain how the Sandy Knoll Elementary School SRTS program was able to overcome the administration’s fears associated with winter walking.   Kerry Ott, the Manistique Community Coordinator - Strategic Alliance for Health, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, will provide two  specific examples of how to make the challenges of winter walking fun and positive through the use of creative programs like  their “Golden Shovel Award,” the “Scoop and Sculpt” and snow removal flash mobs.

Don’t miss this chance to pick up some important tips on keeping your SRTS program running all winter long. Reserve your webinar seat now.

This webinar is part of the Safe Routes to School Coaching Action Network Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. For more information, please contact Michelle Gulley at

Archived SRTS Webinars Now Available: Reducing Traffic and Involving Youth

If you missed one of our recent webinars, don’t sweat it! They’re now available online as hour-long videos.

Pump Down the Volume: SRTS and Traffic Reduction

The January webinar addressed how SRTS programs are reducing traffic near schools. In the archived video Nancy Pullen-Seufert, associate director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, joins Jason Goldsberry, physical education teacher at Colorado’s Eagle Crest Elementary School, and Melissa Watford, health education specialist at FirstHealth of the Carolinas, to discuss the issues surrounding traffic congestion and to focus on two SRTS programs that have successfully reduced congestion.

Engaging Youth in Your SRTS Program

The December session discussed how students are increasingly providing the impetus for SRTS programs, and how National Center mini-grant recipients have engaged youth in programs. In the archived video, Carol Paola, National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) and teacher of the gifted in Long Beach School District, Miss., and Pam Barth, project manager at the National Center for Safe Routes to School, discuss what they’ve learned about engaging youth in SRTS efforts.