September 20th Webinar - SRTS in Small Rural Communities: Challenges and Strategies to Accessing Funding


Many children grow up walking and bicycling to school in rural communities across the country and Safe Routes to School initiatives are making it safer and easier for them to do so. However, small rural communities often have particular considerations when it comes to accessing funding and implementing Safe Routes to School and active transportation projects.

This webinar provides an overview of the needs for and benefits of Safe Routes to School in rural areas, explores the challenges that may arise, and describes ways for State Departments of Transportation to support these communities in using key federal funding for active transportation projects. Speakers will highlight small rural communities where federal funding has been successfully used to improve safety and accessibility for walking and bicycling. 


  • Sara Zimmerman, Policy and Program Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Taylor Lonsdale, Research Engineer, Small Urban and Rural Livability Center, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University
  • Dave Cowan, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Chris Berrens, TAP Coordinator/Principal Planner, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Date: Tuesday, September 20  

Time: 1 – 2 p.m. EST

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