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Department of Transportation, SRTS Program - 2012 Events
 
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October 3, 2012
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The Connecticut Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) encourages schools to Save the Date, Wednesday, October 3, 2012, International Walk to School Day!   Connecticut elementary and middle schools are encouraged to sign up your event at www.walktoschool.org.  Tips for planning your walk to school day event is available online at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/get-set/plan-the-event The first ten Connecticut schools that register their event will received 300 glow-in-the dark SRTS wrist bands or “Walk Left – Ride Right” reflective zipper pulls. Incentives are limited to one event per registered school.  Schools will be contacted approximately two weeks before your event date!
 
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Special needs children are encouraged to participate in this program/event to the fullest extent possible. Additional planning on the part of parents and teachers may be necessary.
 
 
 
What is Connecticut's Safe Routes To Schools (SRTS) Program?
The Connecticut Department of Transportation wants to improve the ability of elementary and middle school students to walk and bicycle safely to school. Levels of physical activity in children (as well as adults) have declined in the past several decades as a result of advances in technology. Childhood obesity is a growing concern. Walking or biking to school could play a valuable part in keeping children physically active.
 
Initiated in 2006, the Connecticut Safe Routes To Schools (SRTS) Program is designed to empower schools and communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity. The program is funded through federal legislation entitled Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act-Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) in order to create and administer SRTS programs within Connecticut.
 
The goal of the program is to substantially improve the ability of primary and middle school students to walk and bicycle to school safely. Specifically, the purposes of the program are:
 
1.To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school
2.To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and
3.To facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity (approximately 2 miles) of primary and middle schools (Grades K-8).
 
 
 
 
Sharon P. Okoye
Safe Routes to School Coordinator
CT Department of Transportation
Strategic Planning and Projects
2800 Berlin Turnpike, Room 2144
Newington, CT.  06131
Office:  (860)594-2367
Fax: (860) 594-3028
Email: sharon.okoye@ct.gov
 
 

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