The National Center for Safe Routes to School offers a variety of training opportunities to fit the needs of various audiences. The following courses help build capacity and sustainability of the national Safe Routes to School program:
Overall, 140 trained professionals, spread throughout the U.S, have been trained to serve as Safe Routes to School National Course Instructors. In turn, these trainers teach others how to implement SRTS and, in the process, train new leaders.
The National Center strives to make training accessible to diverse audiences. The Safe Routes to School National Course is a primary tool in spreading the word about Safe Routes to School and preparing leaders to sustain the Federal program in the long term. The National Center, in its original proposal for funding, dedicated funds for the delivery of one free training per state.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School has developed an online version of the Skills for Local Safe Routes to School Program Development training. This online training allows the user to access and view the training modules at any time. The National Center worked in partnership with the Hershey Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition in the development of this free training.
The Safe Routes to School Guide is an online resource that puts all basic information on program development within reach of general audiences. During the reporting period, the National Center added a Media and Visibility section and an Evaluation section to the SRTS Guide.
In addition, the National Center sponsors a series of SRTS Webinars for transportation professionals. These are developed in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
To help provide even more access to Safe Routes to School expertise, the National Center partnered with America Walks to offer free, monthly Webinars. The one-hour sessions are designed to introduce SRTS to new audiences, and to increase skills for current SRTS leaders. Webinars delivered July 2007 though June 2008 included:
|January||Getting Your Story Out||David Levinger, The Mobility Education Foundation, Seattle, WA|
|February||Collaborating with Low-Income Communities of Color||Tina Zenzola, WalkSanDiego, San Diego, CA|
|March||Starting a Safe Routes to School Program with Zero Funds||Ian Thomas, PedNet Coalition, Columbia, MO|
|April||Who Cares About Safe Routes? How to Make the Case in Your Community?||Kit Keller & Linda Tracy, Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals|
|May||Building Community Support for SRTS Programs||Dan Burden, Walkable Communities, Inc.|
|June||Sidewalk Safety "Smarts" - WalkBoston's Guide to Safety Training for Second Graders||Karen Hartke, WalkBoston|