Past Conferences

Safe Routes to School National Conference (2011)

The 3rd National Conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in August 2011. This conference was also co-presented by the National Center and the National Partnership. The host agency was Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, chosen through a competitive RFP process in 2010. More than 600 people attended and discussed ideas, resources, projects and best practices to help improve the health, safety and environment of children in their states through policy, partnership and infrastructure. The theme of the conference was Building Connections: Schools + Streets + Communities.

Safe Routes to School National Conference (2009)

The 2nd National Conference was held in Portland, Ore. in August 2009.  The Conference was co-presented by the National Center and the National Partnership.  The host agency was the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), who was chosen through a competitive RFP process in 2008.  Bicycle Transportation Alliance also chaired the conferenceplanning committee which included several Oregon agencies and individuals, including Oregon Department of Transportation, Travel Portland, Kaiser Permanente and many others. Close to 550 people from around the country attended to learn how Safe Routes to School programs across the country were changing the habits of an entire generation of schoolchildren and putting thousands of families two steps ahead of health and environmental concerns.

Safe Routes to School National Conference (2007)

The inaugural National Conference was held in Dearborn, Mich., in November 2007. The conference was co-presented by the National Center —the Federal Highway Administration’s Clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program, and the National Partnership—the national Safe Routes to School advocacy network. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) was Michigan’s state agency sponsor for the conference. MDOT’s private non-profit contractor for its Safe Routes to School program is the Michigan Fitness Foundation/Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports (MFF). MFF was the Michigan host organization for the conference and chaired the conferenceplanning committee which included the agencies already mentioned, as well as several additional Michigan agencies and individuals. Another essential participant in the conference development was a Michigan-based event coordination firm contracted by MFF to handle logistics for the conference venue and conference registration. More than 400 people from around the country attended the first conference to share knowledge about creating, building and sustaining the momentum of Safe Routes to School programs.