New Mexico focuses on travel safety for youth

New Mexico is convening a State Summit for Safe Routes to School this April 17, 2020, elevating our commitment to our children and communities.  RSVP by April 3rd to Ashleigh Curry (acurry@lcps.net), coordinator of Las Cruces Safe Routes to School program.  The summit includes highlights from the National SRTS Conference and presentations from the New Mexico Department of Transportation and travel safety educators from across New Mexico.  Attendance is free and all are welcome, but space is limited, so please reserve your space.

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Additional Resources:

The summit is held at Esperanza Bicycle Education Center in Albuquerque, NM.  Esperanza teaches safety education including bicycle mechanics, traffic law, and riding skills.  Esperanza accepts donations of bikes and related equipment which are refurbished and circulated back into the community through their programs.  https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/bike/esperanza-bicycle-safety-education-center

Vision Zero for Youth is a national coalition that prioritizes traffic safety for youth.  Their resources include “the benefits of slowing down traffic–starting where children walk and bike” and urges elected officials to take action on “reducing motorist speeds in areas where pedestrians are present”, encourage youth leadership, and engage community.

In Seattle, Washington, elementary and middle school students receive active travel education through their Physical Education curriculum.  Read more here:  Cascade: Bike safety p.e. classes expanding to Seattle middle school .  

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