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Forum on Safe Routes to Schools

5/30/2014, 6 a.m.

Educators, school administrators, local officials, PTA representatives, and other residents can attend a free, statewide Safe Routes to Schools forum on June 6 at Decatur High School.

The 9 a.m.-to-3 p.m. forum, presented by the Georgia Department of Transportation, is the first of its kind in Georgia and offers a variety of workshop sessions – from how to spice up your Safe Routes event to how to conduct a walkability review.

Participants will hear from Safe Routes champions and advocates, and this year’s Resource Center Partners of the Year will be introduced.

Katherine Moore, Sustainability Growth manager for the Georgia Conservancy, will discuss the Conservancy’s work on school siting.

GDOT’s Safe Routes to Schools Resource Center, launched in 2009, assists schools and communities with education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation, planning, and other non-construction-related Safe Routes activities. Efforts have focused on elementary and middle schools, grades k-8, but are now being expanded to include high schools.

The Resource Center is centered on the concepts of the international safe routes to school movement, which encourages children to walk and bike to school, and also to improve safety in the vicinity of schools.

Decatur High School is at 310 N. McDonough St. in Decatur.

Space is limited and registration is required by June 3 at http://www.saferoutesga.org/content/first-statewide-safe-routes-school-forum-friday-june-6-2014.