Trek Women
March 19, 2008



While I attended the National Bike Summit in DC I met an enthusiastic dynamic individual.  Her name is Deb Hubsmith (right in photo) and she is the Director of Safe Routes to School Partnership. 

She planted the seed for Safe Routes to School several years ago while at the National Bike Summit.  After years of hard work and perseverance she received a 613 million dollar grant and was off and running.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching her moderate a couple of the sessions.  She's short, to the point and knows exactly what she's talking about.  She means business and after meeting her you can completely understand how she has done so much in such a short period of time. 

If you are unfamiliar with Safe Routes to School, it was established in 2006 and here is a brief overview of the program.  For the past 2 years community leaders, parents and schools across the U.S. have used Safe Routes to School programs to encourage and enable more children to safely walk and bike to school. The National Center for Safe Routes to School aims to assist these communities in developing successful Safe Routes, programs and strategies. The Center offers a centralized resource of information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program, case studies of successful programs as well as many other resources for training and technical assistance.

If you live in a community that could benefit from the Safe Routes to School program, hop on their website and they'll walk you through the process.  Good people doing good things.  I love that.


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