Thursday, February 11, 2010

Greater Washington Safe Routes to School Network

Gina Carlotta, a WABA employee, is the new organizer for the Greater Washington Safe Routes to School Network Project.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has selected the Metro DC region, including Northern Virginia, to participate in the 2010 and 2011 phase of the National Regional project. Only two other regions in the country were selected for this effort. The Greater Washington region will be joined by Atlanta and Los Angeles to participate in this project, which is being funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Regional Policy Project will focus on the inclusion of Safe Routes to School and related policy issues, such as Complete Streets and the programming of other transportation funds, in the regional transportation plan and related policy efforts led by the regional governments.
This is a great opportunity for getting Fairfax more involved in Safe Routes to School activities. Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay wants to get more kids walking and biking to school and he hopes to have several more schools involved in Safe Routes to School next year. There should be schools from all supervisor districts involved in this great program.

If you're interested in being involved in Safe Routes to School activities in Fairfax, the first telephone conference call for the Greater Washington Network is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 at 1:30 p.m. Contact Gina for more information.

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