The Community Connection: School Travel Plans and Building Community Support

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 1:00 pm EDT

School travel plans can provide a road map for schools to build successful walking and biking programs. These plans include observations and ideas for addressing the five E’s of Safe Routes to School—Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, and Engineering.  In this webinar we will learn about two different approaches to travel planning, starting at the school district level in Ohio as compared to a small town approach in Vermont.  Both cases demonstrate the value of engaging the larger community during the planning process.

Date: Sept. 25, 2012

Time: 1:00-2:00 ET


  • Julie Walcoff, Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Carmen Burkes, Cincinnati Public Schools SRTS Program Director
  • Jacqueline Fischer, Executive Director, Ottauquechee Community Partnership, Healthy Youth Healthy Communities

Julie Walcoff, from the Ohio Department of Transportation, will open the webinar with a description of how the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) successfully developed and piloted a district-wide travel plan approach with the Cincinnati Public Schools.  This model translated the traditional SRTS School Travel Plan concept to large school districts (20+ schools).   Carmen Burkes, from the Cincinnati Public School System, will explain how critical the community participation was to the process and the tools the team used to engage the community.  

We will then hear from Jacqueline Fischer, Executive Director, Ottauquechee Community Partnership, Healthy Youth Healthy Communities.  Ms. Fischer will share her organization’s experience in creating a School Travel Plan for Woodstock Elementary School, as part of the school’s first year of Safe Routes to School participation.   We will learn how the school planning team gained the interest and involvement of students, parents and community partners.   And, building on increasing community-wide  awareness of walking and biking issues, how the School Travel Plan is helping to make  walking and biking to school not only a regular part of school life, but a bigger part of the Village’s culture as well.  

Join us to learn more how to successfully make school districts of every shape and size more Safe-Routes-to-School-friendly.

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