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For many students and families, a lack of sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly crossings are what stands in the way of walking to school. Infrastructure improvements can make a powerful difference in safety and overall appeal for walking, but construction projects can be expensive and can take a long time from funding to design, permitting, and completion.
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The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) have created a series of nine instructional briefing sheets for transportation practitioners to use for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program planning and implementation. The briefing sheets will support transportation engineers and planners as they work to establish safer walking and bicycling routes near schools. The series includes the following topics:
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Sometimes children do know best. Most children love spending time outdoors and there’s research that’s established the benefits children get from spending time outside and near nature. But did you know that you can harness the value of play and time spent outdoors to increase support for walking and bicycling to school?
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Putting high school students “in the driver’s seat” to promote walking and bicycling can make all the difference. Capture the energy and creativity of  high school students so they can  discover  and  share the  benefits of walking and bicycling with their peers.  Hear about the benefits of involving teens – some of the reasons might surprise you! – and get specific road-tested strategies for keeping them interested.
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Bike to School Day is coming… are you feeling it!? Last year hundreds of schools participated in the first ever National Bike to School Day event. Students, parents, and safe routes organizers across the country took off the training wheels and figured out how to balance a two-wheeled event; turned out to be just as fun, media-friendly, and energizing as Walk to School Day! If you’re hesitating to start a Bike to School event because you aren’t quite sure how to pull it off, this webinar is for you. 
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Introduction Chagrin Falls is a village of about 4,000 residents located 17 miles southeast of Cleveland.  The village school system includes an elementary school (grades K-3), an intermediate school (grades 4-6, school population about 480), a middle school (grades 7-8, school population about 320), and a high school.
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Presenters: Cheryl Wagner, Coordinator, School-Community Partnership Program, Clark County School  District, Las Vegas, Nevada Cynthia Bell, Active Trans Community Liaison, Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago, Illinois Melissa Kraemer Badtke, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Associate Planner, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Menasha, Wisconsin Think talk radio is just for radio?  Think again.
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Here are some resources that you might find helpful: SRTS Middle School Curriculum: Why it is Important and How to Make an Impact. This webinar covers the benefits of reaching out to middle school-aged children, and examples of SRTS programs that have successfully engaged middle school students. 
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