Safe Routes Conference to be Held in Ohio

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The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) recently announced that the fifth annual Safe Routes to School National Conference will take place April 5-7, 2016 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Ohio.

Safe Routes to School is a movement to encourage children to bike and walk to and from school, while working to create safe and enjoyable opportunities to do this.

Securing a winning bid was reportedly a competitive process, as MORPC bid against several cities for this opportunity.

“MORPC is excited to host the 2016 National Safe Routes to School Conference. We are proud to partner with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the Ohio Department of Transportation and the City of Columbus on this conference,” states William Murdock, MORPC Executive Director.

“MORPC’s commitment to safe, more walkable communities is great fit for the goals of Safe Routes to School and the National Conference,” said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. “We are happy to see the diversity of organizations represented at this event and are excited for an innovative conference program and speakers.”

Safe Routes to School National Partnership held a webinar last summer which explored how student transportation can collaborate with Safe Routes programs in order to ensure that children get to school safely.