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Creating Safe Routes to School

John Vander Sluis will discuss the safe routes to school framework, focusing on his work with cities and school districts in low-income suburban communities.

November 7, 2011

A cross-disciplinary, multi-agency approach to improving children's health

A generation ago half of schoolchildren walked or biked to school, but today less than 13% of schoolchildren walk or bike to school. That's a 37% change. This talk will discuss the public health ramifications of this change, and the policy and urban planning decisions that led to it. John Vander Sluis will discuss the safe routes to school framework for reversing this trend, focusing on his work with cities and school districts in low-income suburban communities under Public Health - Seattle & King County's Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant.

John Vander Sluis is an urban planner with the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, an advocacy and educational non-profit working towards a bike-friendly state. John earned his master’s degrees in urban planning and public administration from the University of Washington.

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and the Department of Urban Design and Planning invite you to attend the monthly meeting of the Seattle Healthy Places Research Group (HPRG). This group welcomes public health and planning faculty, researchers, students, practitioners, and others interested in exploring the relationship between the built environment and the health of communities.

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