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August 13-15, 2013 â– Sacramento, California



Building on Success: Projects, Programs, People


Something for Everybody This dynamic, biennial conference has broad appeal and attracts many different disciplines, including school leaders and staff; elected officials and local government staff; state and federal agency leaders; professionals in planning, transportation, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, public works, and parks and recreation; advocates for equity and environmental justice, youth, older adults, and walking and biking; and all others committed to improving conditions for children to walk and bike to school and creating safer, healthier and more livable communities.

The Three-Day Program Whether you are a veteran expert or an SRTS novice, you don’t want to miss this unique event! The schedule includes an inspiring mix of plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops and MindMixer sessions as well as networking activities and other special events. It also features exciting tours of local model projects and programs and a robust youth engagement component. Learn from dozens of speakers who share insights, valuable tools and strategies for making Safe Routes to School a success in your community. Network with your peers and other disciplines committed to working together to improve the health and safety of children of all ages.

Featured Plenary Topics ❉ Building Partnerships to Grow the Walking Movement ❉ Taking “Steps” toward Healthier Communities ❉ Maximizing Opportunities for Safe and Active Transportation ❉ California’s Top Educator Champions Safe Routes to School Movement

For more details on the nearly 60 conference sessions:

Special Features FREE transit passes Sacramento Regional Transit is generously providing complimentary bus and light-rail passes for all attendees from Monday through Thursday (Aug. 12-15).

Charitable bike build New youth bikes will be available for participants to help build throughout the event – an effort that will directly benefit Sacramento kids. At the close of the conference, the assembled bikes will be donated to local youth organizations. We are looking for cash contributions to purchase new bikes for this effort, or the donation of new bikes (for kids aged 9-17). Whether or not you plan to attend, visit to make your tax-deductible contribution to this important cause benefiting local youth!

On-site bike programs Practical Cycle will provide bicycles (and helmets) for our free Bike Share program so you can explore the local bike trails and Sacramento’s lively downtown and midtown areas. Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates is sponsoring and coordinating a free Bike Valet service for those riding their bikes to the event each day.

Getting youth involved The conference will feature a strong youth component, including participation of middle- and high-school students from the Sacramento region and California. Youth will serve as speakers, tour leaders, volunteers and participants, and fill key roles in coordinating special events.

Optional Tours of Model Projects Check out the conference website for tour descriptions and prices. ■ Tuesday Morning

[August 13]

1 Get Kids on Bikes! On-Street Lessons and Group Rides 2 The Great Sacramento Photo Scavenger Hunt 3 Funding Your Project – from Start to Finish ■ Wednesday Afternoon/Evening

[August 14]

4 Beyond the Bike the Bicycling Capital of America ■ Thursday Afternoon

[August 15]

5 Effective Walking Workshops for Developing Competitive SRTS Projects 6 Building Fantastic Walking School Buses that Keep Going 7 VideoVoice ‘Walkshop’ – Community- and Youth-Driven Walk Assessments

Optional Events Monday Afternoon, August 12 ■ Annual SRTS Coordinators Meeting The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s FREE annual meeting is Monday, August 12 (1:00-5:00 p.m.), followed by a Safe Routes Social. This half-day event includes an update on the National Partnership’s work and plans for the future, a federal update, and popular breakout groups. Sign up for this free meeting when you register for the conference. Thursday Afternoon, August 15 ■ California Advocacy Day for SRTS, Pedestrian and Bike Funds Organized by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Transform, Californians can make their voices heard at the State Capitol by participating in an Advocacy Day after the conference. Mid-August is the perfect time to make an impact, when all bills that will be headed to the Governor’s desk must pass out of the Legislature by mid-September. Advocacy Day will conclude by 5 p.m. Sign up to participate when you register for the conference.

Conference Supporters Sponsored by National Center for Safe Routes to School and Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and presented by Local Government Commission Conference partners: California Department of Public Health • California Department of Transportation • Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates • Sacramento Area Council of Governments • Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District • WALKSacramento Conference sponsors: Bay Area Air Quality Management District • California Department of Transportation • The California Endowment • Federal Highway Administration • Kaiser Permanente • Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District • North Natomas Transportation Management Association • Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation • Sacramento Area Council of Governments • Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau • Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District • Sacramento Regional Transit • Sierra Health Foundation • Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District For a complete list of sponsors and promotional partners:

Safe Routes and Sacramento 4th National Conference ■ August 13-15, 2013 Sheraton Grand Hotel ■ Sacramento, CA Located in downtown Sacramento, the Sheraton Grand Sacramento is in the beautifully restored, historic Public Market Building, in the heart of the city’s bustling walkable and bikable downtown, a block away from the State Capitol. Other interesting destinations – pleasant places to walk and bike with wide tree-lined streets, high-visibility crosswalks and traffic-calmed streets – include Historic Sutter’s Fort, Old Sacramento, the Crocker Art Museum, the California Railroad Museum and the region’s crown jewel, the American River Parkway. ■


Conference sessions and hotel accommodations will be at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento. The group rate available until July 22 is $99 single/ $124 double occupancy. Call (877) 325-3535 to make a reservation and indicate you are attending the Safe Routes to School conference. ■

Conference registration fees $375 Early-bird rate for all three days $150 Early-bird one-day rate (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)

Regular registration fees apply after June 28. The official registration deadline is July 23. Visit the conference website for all registration fees and policies. ■


The Local Government Commission is sponsoring scholarships to offset registration fees for educators, school administrators, teachers, parent volunteers, students, advocates for youth, youth leaders, and small grassroots and nonprofit organizations working on SRTS or other issues related to the health and safety of children. Priority will be given to those traveling from outside the region/state, and to participants from communities with no existing infrastructure for SRTS programs. Check our website for details. ■

Continuing education credits

We are pursuing accreditation for conference sessions for several professions. Visit the conference website for more information.

Follow the conference on Facebook at SafeRoutesNationalConference and Twitter @SRTS_Conference Conference contact: Melissa Shelley, LGC • (916) 448-1198 x327 •

Safe Routes to School creates safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bike and walk to schools, and plays a critical role in providing more physical activity and enhancing traffic safety.

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