May is: National Bike Month

National Bike Month


Upcoming SRTS Webinar: Ensuring Your Safe Routes to School Program Includes Children with Disabilities

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.

Guide available to improve neighborhood walkability

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.

Register for the next Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinar

America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School present Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinars.

The next topic will be:

How to organize and run an SRTS event (step by step)

Presented by John Sweeney, PTA
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 2 p.m. EDT (1 hour long)

Featured Resource: 10 Tips for Safe Routes to School Programs and Liability

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.

Center offers free online training for local Safe Routes to School programs

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.

NCSRTS pilots SRTS Media Training course

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.