In recent years, many schools have begun Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs that encourage more walking and bicycling. As you reach out to students to develop these programs, it is important to remember that students with disabilities can and should be a part of your program from the earliest planning stages. This webinar will address making your program inclusive: how to work with children with disabilities, what kinds of instruction they need and practical advice on involving students, their parents and special education professionals.
The Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety has released a new guide, A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities, to help residents, parents, community groups, and others make their communities better environments for walking.
America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School present Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinars.
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Presented by John Sweeney, PTA
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 2 p.m. EDT (1 hour long)
This tip sheet offers guidance for liability issues with walking or bicycling to school. As Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs have developed, some have wondered if encouraging walking and bicycling to school may increase a school's liability exposure. In general, the answer is no. In fact, SRTS programs are designed to help schools and communities identify and address potential safety concerns. Taking concrete steps to make walking and bicycling safer will reduce the likelihood of injury, and thereby minimize exposure to liability.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School has released a free, Web-based version of its Skills for Local Safe Routes to School Program Development training. The training focuses on key steps to comprehensive Safe Routes to School planning, specifically addressing process issues critical to creating a solid framework on which to build a successful program.
In December, the National Center for Safe Routes to School pilot tested the NCSRTS Media Training course at the Center's headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC. Montana Safe Routes to School State Coordinator Virginia Summey received the one-on-one training.