Getting Kids Active!
How to Use Safe Routes to School & Shared Use to Increase Physical Activity
Two strategies that you can use to increase physical activity of children in your community are Safe Routes to School and Shared Use. Children can bike and walk to school to easily incorporate physical activity into their day. But the number of kids walking and biking to school has dropped dramatically over the last four decades. Safe Routes to School can make it safer and easier for children to walk and bike to school, helping them to be physically active on a daily basis. Shared use is a strategy for increasing access to spaces to play by opening up existing recreational spaces for use by the public. Often this means opening school grounds for public use after school hours, but other government agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations are successfully implementing shared use arrangements as well. Join us on this webinar to learn what Safe Routes to School and shared use programs entail, how to adopt policies for your community, and how to overcome challenges.
Participants will learn about the following:
- The principles and benefits of Safe Routes to School and shared use
- How partnerships can be used to increase physical activity for children
- Successful community examples of Safe Routes to School and shared use
Diane Dohm, MSCRP
Diane Dohm is a planner at ChangeLab Solutions, where she focuses on complete streets, safe routes to schools, and other policies related to active transportation. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Diane worked for Sonoma County Transportation Authority managing alternative transportation funding programs, updating countywide bicycle and pedestrian master plans, and facilitating countywide alternative transportation committee meetings. She also wrote the City of Emeryville’s Complete Streets Policy Resolution. Diane graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in anthropology, and completed her master of science degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin.
Andy Davis, Plan4Health, Summit County, Ohio
Summit County (Ohio) believes higher levels of community health are possible through urban design. Plan4Health Summit County will incorporate Complete Streets policies into existing transportation plans, expand use of garden space throughout the community placing an emphasis on bringing farm fresh produce to the community, and introduce client choice pantries to the existing pantry system.
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