June 2023 E-News

​​Safe Routes Partnership E-News
Issue #207: June 2023

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  1. Now Hiring: Executive Director
  2. Let’s Talk E-bikes! Open Zoom Session
  3. Register for the Safe Routes to School Summit 2023
  4. Using GIS as a Tool to Prioritize Park Access Improvements
  5. National Week Without Driving Coalition 2023
  6. The Street Project Film

1. Now Hiring: Executive Director

The Safe Routes Partnership is currently seeking a new Executive Director who will lead our organization as we advance policy change, catalyze support for healthy communities, foster a commitment to equity in active transportation, and share our deep expertise to improve support for walking and bicycling to school and beyond. We encourage you to take a look at the position profile linked below and share it with anyone in your networks that might be a good fit. Successful candidates will work from their home office and can be based anywhere in the United States. For more information on the Executive Director position qualifications, compensation, and responsibilities, see the full job announcement.

2. Let’s Talk E-bikes! Open Zoom Session

Electric bikes are becoming a hot topic in many communities. As e-bikes grow in popularity, there are a number of considerations for Safe Routes practitioners. Do we include e-bikes in our programming? How do I keep kids safe riding e-bikes? What are the best practices in e-bike education? Join us for an informal Zoom session to discuss e-bikes with other Safe Routes to School practitioners. Note: This Zoom session is being held to allow Safe Routes practitioners to connect with each other on this important topic and the discussion will be self-facilitated by participants.

Register for the webinar here.

3. Register for the Safe Routes to School Summit 2023

The Safe Routes to School Summit 2023 will be held October 24 -26, but now is the time to register for the virtual three-day event. We’ve opened registration early to allow you to expend funding from this fiscal year's budget or utilize any available grant funding. This year, we’re celebrating the People, Places, and Possibility of Safe Routes to School and you don’t want to miss any of the workshop sessions we have planned. To learn more about the Summit or register today visit: bit.ly/SRTSSummit23.

4. Using GIS as a Tool to Prioritize Park Access Improvements

As communities continue to enjoy walking and rolling to parks, more residents are being confronted with the dangers of roads that prioritize access for cars over pedestrians. When you take a look at the data, high speed limits around parks and lack of sidewalks and crosswalks along park routes start to paint a picture of the need for pedestrian park access improvements. This month’s Safe Routes to Parks blog explains how local, regional, and state data can be used to make the case for Park Zones.

5. National Week Without Driving Coalition 2023

What if you couldn’t drive? What if taking the bus, riding your bike, walking to work, or asking for rides weren’t a choice you could make, but a necessity? If you can drive or afford a car, you don’t think about this. But for nearly a third of the people in our country – people with disabilities, young people, seniors, and people who can’t afford cars or gas, this is our every day.

This year, the Disability Mobility Initiative is partnering with America Walks to take the #WeekWithoutDriving national to educate our leaders to better understand the barriers nondrivers experience in accessing our communities. Join the challenge October 2-8, and learn how your bike club can participate at http://www.weekwithoutdriving.org or contact ruth@americawalks.org. You can also read their recent op-ed in StreetsblogUSA.

 6. The Street Project Film

The Street Project is a documentary about humanity's relationship to the streets and the global citizen-led fight to make communities safer. The film’s impact team is looking to work with local, state, and national organizations to use this film as a tool to raise awareness, grow coalitions, expand memberships, and educate elected officials.  To host a screening, reach out to sonia@boydproduction.net or Book Now on their website.