Encouragement

2008 Walk to School events break records

Photo of children in Alexandria

James K. Polk Elementary in Alexandria, VA

SRTS in the News

The following is a brief compilation of Safe Routes to School-related news stories from across the country. Web links to the following news stories are time sensitive, so some stories may not be accessible after the initial publication date or may require registration.

News Brief

Farewell Tim, Welcome Becky

FHWA Safe Routes to School Program Manager Tim Arnade is moving to FHWA's Office of Policy to serve as a key member of their congressional relations team. The Safe Routes to School program benefited greatly from his dedication and heartfelt commitment to enabling and encouraging children to walk and bicycle to school.

Safe Routes Snapshots: Skinner Road School's Grass "Routes" Effort, Vernon, CT

Safe Routes Snapshots provides a brief profile of a Safe Routes to School state or local program that highlights a particular success or issue the program faced. To submit your program for Safe Routes Snapshots, please email news@saferoutesinfo.org.

Portland to host 2nd Safe Routes to School National Conference

Photo of PortlandThe 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.

SRTS in the News

The following is a brief compilation of Safe Routes to School-related news stories from across the country. Web links to the following news stories are time sensitive, so some stories may not be accessible after the initial publication date or may require registration.

Safe Routes to School program recognized for innovation in government

The Auburn School District Transportation Department's "Partnership Approach to Safe Routes to School" program in Auburn, Washington has been declared a Top 50 Program of the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards competition, administered by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

Selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants, the "Partnership Approach to Safe Routes to School" program represents the best in government innovation and will be competing for a $100,000 award.

News Brief

Register for the next Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinar

America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School present the next Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinar. The next topic will be:

Sidewalk Safety Smarts WalkBoston's Guide to Safety Training for Second Graders
Presented by Karen Hartke, Walk Boston
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Safe Routes Snapshots: Billings, Montana

Photo of Go Play LogoSafe Routes Snapshots provides a brief profile of a Safe Routes to School state or local program that highlights a particular success or issue the program faced. To submit your program for Safe Routes Snapshots, please email news@saferoutesinfo.org.

State SRTS Coordinators gather for 3rd Annual Meeting

Photo of SRTS organizersSafe Routes to School (SRTS) State Coordinators gathered in Minneapolis, MN from May 13 – May 14 for the 3rd Annual Safe Routes to School State Coordinators National Meeting. Representatives from forty-five states were in attendance at the meeting hosted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).