Thursday, January 20, 2011

VDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator

VDOT just announced the hiring of a Safe Routes to School Coordinator. The position has been vacant since August 25. The SRTS grant program has been on hold as has the local assistance contract. Here's the announcement from VDOT:
VDOT hires new Safe Routes to School Coordinator—The Virginia Department of Transportation is pleased to announce that Robert Williams has been hired to serve as our new Safe Routes to School Coordinator. Rob spent his teenage years growing up in Gloucester, Virginia. He returns home to Virginia from the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, where he assisted in managing Bike/Ped and Safe Routes to School contracts with the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

As a part of those efforts, Rob performed research aimed at promoting safety and accessibility for biking and walking, took part in a successful effort to strengthen and clarify state pedestrian laws and trained law enforcement officials on motorist crosswalk enforcement. He also managed the statewide bicycle and pedestrian advisory group, trained municipalities to conduct walkability audits and contributed to a quarterly ped/bike newsletter. Rob holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from New York University and a BA in Public and Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech.

Rob's top priority over the next several months will be to collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders to determine how Virginia's SRTS program can be improved and streamlined, as well as initiate the next round of SRTS infrastructure grants. Rob's contact information is as follows:

Rob Williams
VDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator

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