2016 Conference Partners
The 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference is brought to you by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. The event is hosted by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).
MORPC has also partnered with several local, regional and state agencies and organizations to develop and produce this event. These groups are entrenched in the important work of promoting and implementing SRTS policies and programs locally and statewide, and to ensuring that the April 2016 SRTS National Conference is the most dynamic and exciting event yet in this conference series. This conference would not be possible without their commitment and generous support.
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
MORPC is a voluntary association of Central Ohio governments and regional organizations which envisions and embraces innovative directions in transportation, energy, housing, land use, the environment and economic prosperity. Our makeup is representative of the rural, urban and suburban communities that comprise our burgeoning region. Our transformative programming and innovative public policy are evident throughout the 15 counties we serve.
MORPC serves the fastest-growing region in Ohio and reaches across the boundaries of cities, villages, townships, and counties to improve the quality of life for all Central Ohio residents. MORPC is committed to collaboration and developing bold new strategies that continue to make the region stand out both nationally and globally.
MORPC provides a unified voice with the strength to make Central Ohio competitive in the global marketplace. MORPC is dedicated to attracting the best and the brightest, transforming existing communities, and promoting sustainability.
MORPC has been promoting and coordinating SRTS since 2006. The goal the program is to promote safer and improved streets, healthier habits by encouraging physical activity, and improve the environment by reducing traffic congestion and pollution.
Ohio Department of Transportation
Since SRTS became part of the federal transportation bill in 2005, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has awarded $60 million to communities in 76 of Ohio’s 88 counties for school-related safety projects.
This includes more than 200 infrastructure projects like safer crossings, road diets and sidewalks. More than 300 non-infrastructure projects include safety education and encouragement activities.
Ohio is leading the nation with several of its initiatives. On the planning side, Ohio has sponsored the development of comprehensive School Travel Plans for 5 of Ohio’s largest school districts: Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.
Beyond that, the award-winning Every Move You Make, Make it Safe and the accompanying All Ohio Safe Routes to School Show Choir makes learning how to get to school safely, educational, and fun. Ohio’s First Lady Karen W. Kasich is the Ohio Safe Route to School Ambassador, further extending the campaign’s reach and elevating it.
The Ohio SRTS program has created additional resources to help communities develop their programs with a non-infrastructure toolkit of programming ideas, and the Safe Routes Academy with several train-the-trainer classes including Walking School Bus Training, Adult Crossing Guard Training and others.
ODOT’s Safe Routes to School Program is assisting in the development of innovative programming that communities use in their SRTS programs. One of the, Girls in Gear, a bicycle safety education program targets middle school girls. Research shows many girls (and boys) ride bikes in elementary school but ridership drops off as they get older. Girls in Gear shows girls how a bike is a transportation option and a resource of independence, while also teaching them how to ride safely.