Friday, January 23, 2009

Safe Routes Webinar Invitation

We are pleased to announce that CRCOG will be hosting two Safe Routes Webinar’s on January 27th and February 24th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. The webinars will be held in CRCOG's large conference room in our office at 241 Main Street, Hartford.  Click here for directions:   Feel free to share this announcement with others who may be interested.

These webinars are part of the Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.  We are sure that these presentations will provide some fresh ideas for your Safe Routes planning efforts. 

Tuesday January 27, 2009 2:00pm – 3:00pm - This will be a one hour presentation on Chicago’s Mayor Daley’s Safe Routes Ambassador’s Program. This very successful safety program includes various educational and encouragement programs. The presentation will start with an introduction followed by a detailed explanation of the two main components of the programming:  pedestrian and bicycle safety.  This will include information on the curriculum, the age groups and communities served and how safety workshops are administered. Other aspects of the program will be outlined in the presentation, which include workshops for driver’s education students and outreach to parents and motorists.

Please note, We understand that this is very short notice for the announcement of this webinar, however, we hope that you would be able to attend or send someone from your community or organization to participate. If you are unable to participate, we will be sure to send a post webinar update to everyone.

Tuesday February 24, 2009 2:00pm – 3:00pm - In this one hour presentation, Sonja Atkins of Safe Kids Greater Sacramento will go over nine steps to boost the success of your existing or future SRTS program, turning it from a one day event, to a year round pedestrian program. Getting Schools to buy-in to your Safe Routes to School program can be a difficult and frustrating process; however, with the right tools you can succeed. The following steps/tips will be outlined in this presentation.

1.  Involving School Personnel 
2.  Finding Other Community Partners 
3.  Involving Students 
4.  Involving Parents 
5.  A kick off program with Walk to School Day 
6.  Rewarding School Personnel, Students and Parents 
7.  Evaluating Initial Steps 
8.  Presenting Results 
9.  Using the Initial Evaluation to Present Results 

Please RSVP as soon as possible if you plan on attending either session. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about these presentations, please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Brenda M. Watson 
Transportation Planner 
Capitol Region Council of Governments 
241 Main Street 
Hartford, Connecticut 
860.522.2217 ext.227

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