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Safe Routes to School Forum (MCCPTA)
Oct 19, 2019 from 08:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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Help our Students to Arrive Alive!

MCCPTA and PBTSAC to Host Safe Routes to School Forum

Contact: Alison Gillespie, saferoutes@mccpta.org, MCCPTA Safe Routes to School Subcommittee Chair; or, the event planning committee at saferoutestoschool.moco@gmail.com

What: Arrive Alive: A Safe Routes to School Forum

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8:30AM - 12:30pm

Where: Northwood High School,919 University Blvd W, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Event Description:

The community is invited to attend “Arrive Alive: A Safe Routes to School Forum,” hosted by the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) and the Montgomery County Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (PBTSAC).

This free event will bring together stakeholders determined to ensure the walking and busing routes for students are safe. Sidewalks, cycling paths, bus stop locations, and parent drop-off loops are all important components of keeping kids safe as they walk and ride to school.

We welcome parents, students, concerned neighbors, and anyone who wants to walk or ride a bike safely near a Montgomery County school. Community members, parents, students, teachers and Principals, MCPS Departments of Transportation and Curriculum staff, MCPD, staff from the Montgomery County Planning Department, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Members of the Board of Education, Councilmembers and the County Executive will have an opportunity for direct engagement and feedback.



8:30 - Registration

9:00 - Welcome by Alison Gillespie, Chair of MCCPTA Safe Routes

- Keynote by County Executive Marc Elrich (invited)

10:00-10:45 - Workshop 1

10:45-11:00 - Networking and light refreshments

11:00-11:45 – Workshop 2

12:00 – Evaluation and Conclusion


Interactive Workshop Topics Include (Tentative):

  • Building a Better Bus Stop System with Tracking Software
  • The Montgomery County Pedestrian Plan
  • Optimizing Elementary School Patrols
  • Cycling Curriculum: Learning to Ride a Bike at School
  • Mass Transit 101 for Students
  • How to Get (Better) Sidewalks Added to Your Neighborhood
  • Impaired Driving Prevention: Combat Underage Impaired Driving Amongst Peers
  • Start a Walking School Bus at Your School
  • Traffic Gardens


Featured Guests Include:

  • Marc Elrich, Montgomery County Executive (invited)
  • Andrew Zuckerman, MCPS Chief Operating Officer (invited)
  • Casey Anderson, Montgomery Planning Board Chairman
  • Todd Watkins, MCPS Director of Transportation
  • Leah Scully, AAA Mid-Atlantic Foundation
  • Thomas Didone, Captain of MC Police Dept Traffic Division (invited)
  • Nate Tinbite, Student Member of the Board of Education (invited)
  • Zoe Tishaev, Vision Zero Equity Task Force
  • Miriam Schoenbaum, Action Committee for Transit
  • Marc Cohen, Principal of Seneca Valley High School
  • Eli Glazier, Montgomery County Pedestrian Master Plan Project Leader
  • Kristy Daphnis, Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Chair
  • Montgomery County Council (invited)


If you would like to volunteer to help at this event or if you have any questions, please contact Alison Gillespie (saferoutes@mccpta.org), MCCPTA Safe Routes to School Committee Chair.

Sponsored By: Action Committee for Transit

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