Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Hires Safe Routes to School Expert

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) expert Chris Davis has joined the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition team to create a pilot transportation education program for Sonoma County schools.

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Published December 20, 2006 by BRAIN

SANTA ROSA, CA — Safe Routes to School (SRTS) expert Chris Davis has joined the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition team to create a pilot transportation education program for Sonoma County schools. Davis had a significant role in the development of the Marin County SRTS program, implemented by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, as the curriculum developer and lead instructor for the program's first four and a half years. She designed and taught lessons in traffic safety, environmental and community responsibility, the core concepts of a comprehensive SRTS program. She recently returned to the area after spending 15 months with the Texas Bicycle Coalition, developing and managing the start-up of a comprehensive regional SRTS program.
"Safe Routes to School is a wonderful program for our communities, and Chris Davis is the perfect person to get our program off the ground," said Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition executive director Christine Culver. "We are very fortunate to have her working with us."

The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition has been providing a limited Safe Routes to School program to Brooks Elementary School in Windsor and support to Sebastopol's volunteer-run program. The city of Sebastopol hopes to implement the SRTS program with funds from a Caltrans grant. If awarded the funds the city will manage the grant, contracting with the coalition to assist in delivering the various components of a comprehensive SRTS program: education, encouragement, enforcement, engineering and evaluation.