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Safe Routes to School National Conference, August 16 - 18, Minneapolis

The early bird registration deadline of May 31 is quickly approaching.  This is a reminder using SHIP funding to support conference attendance is an approved expenditure.  Many SHIP grantees are recruiting teams of stakeholders who can attend the conference and help lead and sustain the work back in the community.  Have you thought strategically about who could make a difference in your Active Schools work? In addition to public health staff, consider supporting the attendance of:

  • Traffic engineer
  • City planner
  • School district transportation director
  • Local law enforcement/school liaison officer
  • Parent representative
  • Principal or other staff
  • High School student

Group registration can be accommodated.  Visit the conference website- Safe Routes Conference -  for more information.

Minnesota Department of Transportation Accepting Applications for Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Projects 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is accepting applications for Safe Routes to School
infrastructure projects. Approximately $4.2 million is available for infrastructure projects to be
approved for the years 2012 and 2013. The selected projects will be in the 2012-2015 Statewide
Transportation Improvement Program.

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program was created in Section 1404 of the Safe, Accountable,
Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users Act (SAFETEA-LU). The program
provides communities with the opportunity to improve the existing conditions and promote bicycling
and walking to school with infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. The goals of the program
are threefold:

  1. to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school;
  2. to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and
  3. to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

This solicitation notice is only for infrastructure projects. The solicitation for non-infrastructure
projects will be announced at a later time. An electronic version of the application and five copies of the signed application and supplemental documentations are due by 4:30 PM CDT on June 15, 2011

Minnesota Department of Transportation Safer Routes | SRTS Project Structure | SRTS Funding and Special Requirements

Minnesota GO Regional Workshops

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) and its partners want your help in a new initiative to shape a long-range transportation vision for the state.

Minnesotans will help determine the state’s transportation system vision for the next 50 years when the Minnesota Department of Transportation hosts a series of workshops across the state.

“Our current financial challenges and aging infrastructure make establishing a vision even more important,” said Tom Sorel, Mn/DOT commissioner. “The Minnesota GO workshops are Minnesotans’ opportunity to communicate their expectations for transportation today and for the next generation.”

The process will help the agency ensure future transportation planning efforts better align with
Minnesotans’ expectations.  Local public health partners are encouraged to participate in workshops to be a voice for bike and pedestrian planning as well as broader health promotion strategies. See the attached press release and flyer for information and workshop dates and locations.

Minnesota GO

Minnesota's Safe Routes to School State Network is happy announce the official launch of Way to Go, an art contest designed to engage Minnesota youth in their mission and the third national Safe Routes to School national conference, to be held August 16 – 18, 2011 in Minneapolis.  The contest is an opportunity for students to reflect on their own walking and/or biking experiences, assert their vision for future walking/biking infrastructure and support, and remind students and adults about the importance of pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Students are encouraged to artistically interpret their personal experiences, reservations, benefits and other thoughts about walking and biking to school via any medium and submit their entry for the chance to win a bike rack for the school or nonprofit organization of their choice, as well as numerous individual prizes.  

Way To Go Art Contest | Contest Rules | Enter the Contest

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