All Network Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 16 at MORPC and Via GoToWebinar!

Our next Ohio Safe Routes All-Network meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 16 from 10am-12 noon at the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and via GoToWebinar!  This is a collaborative meeting with the MORPC Safe Routes to School Regional Forum, join us in person if you can, or via webinar for Ohio Safe Routes Network updates, MORPC’s SRTS Program, and local, state and national presentations just in time for Walk to School Month.

Our theme for the meeting is Education and Encouragement:  Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure and Walk to School Day resources – learn about ways your community can begin to make walking and biking to school safer through education and awareness tools, resources and programs, just in time for October’s Walk to School Month! Whether you have an established SRTS/WTS Day program, are just getting started, or want to start but need help, this is a great meeting to gather information/

AGENDA: for PDF version, click here. 09162014agenda (1)

1. Welcome & Introductions
2. Overview of MORPC SRTS Program and What You Need from Us—Amanda McEldowney, MORPC
3. Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Ohio Network Update – Kate Moening, SRTS National Partnership
4. Umap and Photo Voice Presentation—Cindy Health, GP Red
5. How to Have a Sustainable Walk and Bike School Program—Honey Whalen, Gahanna
6. ODOT Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Toolkit—David Shipps, TranSystems
7. Walk and Bike to School Day Resources—Kate Moening, SRTS National Partnership

To attend in person: PLEASE NOTIFY Amanda McEldowney AT 614-233-4112 OR amceldowney@MORPC.ORG TO CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE FOR THIS MEETING OR IF YOU REQUEST SPECIAL ASSISTANCE.

TO ATTEND VIA GoToWebinar, register here:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/279171614


 

Sept. 23 Safety In Active Transportation Workshop Registration Open!

Register TODAY through September 19th for the next “Safety in Active Transportation”

workshop in Dayton!  Click the graphic for more information and to register!140827_ActiveTrans_eblast_dayton_V4

Lunch & Learn #3: Advocating for Shared Use in Your Community Now Open!

Lunch & Learn #3: Advocating for Shared Use in Your Community: September 18, 2014, 12-1pm

Everyone can advocate for change in their community. But, how do you do it effectively? What if you can’t lobby? Join us for an engaging lunch and learn to discuss just this question. Participants will leave understanding the difference between advocacy and lobbying. Also, participants will learn more about great resources available to support current and future activities. There will be discussion around effective ways to plan your efforts. In addition to your computer to connect online, bring a pen and paper. And, of course, don’t forget your healthy lunch!  CLICK HERE to register!

Shared Use Webinar #2: Shared Use in Schools, August 13 at 12:30pm

Why is shared use policy and implementation important for schools and communities? Shared use can offer a safe, active, local option for physical activity, community outreach for public facilities to interact with residents, and economic benefits including increasing the presence of schools, parks and public facilities as community resources. It is considered a wise use of public facilities, and can provide income or reduce costs to a facility. This webinar will explore why implementing shared use in schools is important, what the Ohio and national school “landscape” on shared use looks like, the benefits to schools, districts, communities and constituents, and how Ohio schools and communities are providing shared use.

Shared Use and Schools Webinar: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8101717704162818305

“Shared Use: Opening Doors to Improving Community Health & Connectivity” Webinar Kicks Off the Series!

Today’s webinar, “Shared Use: Opening Doors to Improving Community Health & Connectivity” kicked off the Shared Use webinar series for Ohioans, and looks to be the start to a great forum on how to improve health and reduce chronic disease by increasing and improving policies, agreements and implementation of shared use across the state.

Shared use, sometimes called joint or community use, can help Ohioans get active and lead healthier lives by providing physical activity, recreation and community opportunities close to home in a familiar, convenient environment.  Kate Moening, advocacy organizer for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership in Ohio, presented on “What is Shared Use?” and how it affects community health, connectivity and physical activity opportunties.  Sarah Garchar, project consultant for the Ohio Department of Health/Creating Healthy Communities program, presented real-Ohio implmentation that is resulting in improved shared use opportunities, and Heather Vilvens, campaign manager for the American Heart Association/Open the Doors for Health shared use campaign, broadened our knowledge of Ohio-based and national resources that are available to support local shared use initiatives and implementation.

Shared use is applied through policy, formal and non-formal agreements, and allows community members access to facilities such as schools, parks, playgrounds, tracks, and open space during off hours. In addition to the recreational benefits, shared use policy can “open doors” to economic, safety and social benefits, and greater connectivity in your community.

If you couldn’t make it, that’s OK!  You can not only access the webinar RECORDING, PRESENTATIONS and REFERENCES found on the Ohio Workshops & Webinar Page,  you can attend one of the next three webinars in the series: August 13, 12:30-1:30pm – Shared Use and Schools,  September 18, 12-1pm – Advocating for Shared Use, and October 8, 12:30-1:30pm – Shared Use in Hospitals. Join the Ohio Safe Routes Network to be the first to get updated information, by contacting Kate Moening at kate@saferoutespartnership.org  or to ask a question, or request assistance with shared use implementation in your community!

Shared Use Webinar Series: Webinar #1

“What is Shared Use, and How Can it Open Doors to Better Community Health?” Webinar

Free Webinar!

Friday, June 20, 10-11:30am, EST

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8767700691531937026

Shared use, sometimes called joint or community use, can help Ohioans get active and lead healthier lives by providing physical activity, recreation and community opportunities close to home in a familiar, convenient environment.  Shared use is applied through policy, formal and non-formal agreements, and allows community members access to facilities such as schools, parks, playgrounds, tracks, and open space during off hours. In addition to the recreational benefits, shared use policy can “open doors” to economic, safety and social benefits, and greater connectivity in your community.

At this webinar, you will learn:

  • How shared use affects community health, connectivity, and physical activity opportunities;
  • How policies and agreements provide access and can help overcome barriers; and
  • What resources are available to facilitate shared use agreements in your community.

Learn the ins-and-outs of shared use, and connect with others that are working towards making shared use a win-win for communities, schools, local government and more!

This is the first of a Shared Use webinar series hosted by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership/Ohio Safe Routes Network, American Heart Association and Buckeye Healthy Schools Alliance with funding from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

Last Days to Register: Shared Use and SRTS Workshops!

Deadlines for the Shared Use and Safe Routes to School workshops are fast approaching – reserve your spot today to learn more about how these

evidence-based practices can improve health, connectivity and community engagement in Ohio!  Visit the Workshops page to learn more and to register!Flyer 3

Shared Use Workshop –CANCELLED, rescheduled as a webinar series beginning June 20! More information will be posted!

Deadline for SRTS Workshop – Friday, May 9, 2014 – This is a GO!  Register NOW to attend this workshop!

“Open the Doors for Health” – Shared Use in Ohio!

Chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity are on the rise in our younger generation, while access to safe, affordable and convenient areas to play and exercise have become limited in many communities. Shared use is the ability to provide access to community infrastructure and facilities, such as school buildings, ball fields, tracks and playgrounds, after school hours for the community to use for physical activity and community purposes.

More opportunities for physical activity after school has the potential to improve overall health. According to a recent study, only about one quarter of kids between the ages of 12 and 15 engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes each day. We need to help kids make easier choices about getting active. More shared use can help.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is working to encourage schools to make sharing their buildings, playgrounds, ball fields and tracks with the community a smart, safe and easy choice. Clarifying liability coverage issues will help administrators (and their legal teams) make decisions in favor of opening their schools, playgrounds and other facilities for public use after hours.

Learn more about shared use, and what the AHA is doing to improve the low-cost, safe and accessible options shared use has to offer a community for physical activity, by visiting “Open The Doors For Health”  where you can learn more about shared use in Ohio, access resources, fact sheets, videos and presentations, share your story or enter the Shared Use photo contest, and maybe win a prize!

“See A Need, Fill A Need” – Safe Routes to School Planning in Urban Communities

Walking to school is not a new concept – up until the 1970s, most schools were located in residential neighborhoods, and communities were built with pedestrian traffic in mind. Unlike many suburban and rural areas, this still holds true in urban communities, where sidewalks are present and homes are clustered around schools. However, safety concerns, changes to infrastructure favoring vehicular traffic, desegregation through busing and social and economic demographic shifts have created barriers to the student pedestrian landscape in urban communities.  Click here to read more of Kate’s national blog.

ODOT Accepting 2014 Safe Routes to School Applications Through March 3!

The Ohio Department of Transportation is now accepting Safe Routes to School applications through March 3, 2014, to be announced in May.

Application highlights include:

  • Up to $4 million dollars is available this round:
  • Infrastructure cap is $500,000; Non-Infrastructure is $30,000;
  • Up to 10 school travel plan assistance applications will be awarded;
  • The online application is NEW, and easy to use!  No login required, work can be saved and/or printed, and links are available for pertinent/required information.

Contact your ODOT District coordinator for more information, visit the ODOT-Safe Routes to School webpage for application instructions and information, or contact Kate Moening at kate@saferoutespartnership.org or 614 269 7085 for application or coalition building assistance.