SW Washington: Safe Routes to School Webinar & Workshop

Many children lack safe places to bike or walk. We believe that every child deserves to safely walk and bike to school. Let us help you create more Safe Routes to School for children in your community. When you do, you’ll help everyone in your community become safer, healthier, and more productive!

Webinar: Safe Routes to School and Bikeability
December 15, 2015 @ 10:00am-11:30am

This webinar will focus on infrastructure improvements that address bicycle safety needs of children traveling to school and how those improvements can be a part of a Safe Routes to School project. It will start with a brief summary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Safe Routes to School Program, and plans for the next “call for projects” in early 2016. National and local best practice examples will be shared, including the details of a recently completed Safe Routes to School project in Walla Walla County. Free. Register here.

Register Now: SW Washington Safe Routes to School Workshop
January 6, 2016 @ 1:30pm-4:30pm

Request for Proposals for WSDOT Safe Routes to School grants will be released in early 2016. Proposals must be received from a public agency in WA such as a school district, school, city, county, or public health agency.

Join us on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, to talk about the basics and the benefits of Safe Routes to School, and learn the details of WSDOT grants for bike, pedestrian, and Safe Routes to School engineering projects, including amount of funding available and project application requirements.There will also be an opportunity to work in groups with your local partners to help support your successful project.

Event Details
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Kaiser Permanente Salmon Creek Medical Office
Registration: The event is free but registration is required. Register here.

You will benefit greatly during the workshop if you identify in advance what the engineering “problem” is that you seek to solve, and bring the appropriate partners to the table. Efforts to provide safe walking and biking facilities work best when coordinated partnerships are used to support them. What does that mean? If you’re a school representative, talk to your city’s public works or planning director; if you’re a public health or law enforcement official, find out who at your school or city is involved, and bring your expertise to the table. If you’re a community member or parent, talk with your school’s principal or a health or physical education teacher. Safe Routes to School partnerships usually include teachers, school administrators, transportation professionals, law enforcement, and public health professionals, but may include a wider variety of representatives.

Who should attend this free workshop? Teams of representatives from across Southwest Washington, including city and county transportation, health, and safety staff; school district administration; parents and community members.

Space is limited, please register today.

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