A Global Perspective: Lessons from International SRTS Programs

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 10:00

Jacky Kennedy, Director, Canada Walks
Catherine O'Brien, PhD. Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department, School of Professional Studies, Cape Breton University
Gary Shipp, National Projects Co-Coordinator, Schools, Children and Young People, Sustrans, UK

Safe Routes to School Projects are thriving around the world.  In this sixty minute webinar we will learn about two different international programs.

First, Jacky Kennedy, Director of Canada Walks will introduce Canada's School Travel Planning Project. This program, originally tested in four provinces and disseminated to 120 schools in every part of Canada, created a detailed, step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive, community-based active school travel program.  

Next, Dr. Catherine O'Brien, who is working in partnership with the Canada Walks School Travel Planning Project, will discuss her fascinating research on "sustainable happiness." This concept links walking and biking to individual, community, and global well-being. It provides further compelling evidence of the benefits of walking and biking to school.

Finally, Gary Shipp, Schools, Children and Young People Co-Coordinator from Sustrans in the United Kingdom, will describe how his organization's approach is a community-centered one that builds on small steps to gradually change travel behavior. Sustrans' goal is to get the whole school community involved and motivated in the program so that sustainable and active travel becomes part of the culture of the community for future generations.

This webinar is part of the SRTS Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.   For more information: mgulley@americawalks.org

Register HERE

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