Upcoming Training Sessions: Safe Routes to School

Next month, Florida Safe Routes to School — WellFlorida’s newest program  will be offering bike and pedestrian safety training sessions in Alachua, Suwannee, Lafayette and Dixie Counties. In addition to learning how to organize their own local bike and pedestrian safety events, participants of the upcoming sessions will have the opportunity to become a certified helmet fitter. This certification allows the trainee to order free helmets, amongst other things, from the University of Florida’s safety resource center. The certification also allows him or her to volunteer and assist with other school or community related helmet-fitting events.

Law enforcement officials, after-school program teachers, Boys/Girls club volunteers, recreation center employees, church group organizers and health department employees are all encouraged to attend the training sessions.

Due to a limited number of bikes available, the Alachua County training session will be open only to elementary and middle school P.E. teachers. However, if someone is willing to bring their own bicycle to the Gainesville event, he or she is more than welcome to attend.

At the training sessions in Suwannee, Lafayette and Dixie counties, community members and interested groups will be able to attend without a bicycle due to an ample amount of space.

If you are interested in any of these events, please contact Morris Sherman, WellFlorida’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at MSherman@Wellflorida.org or by calling 352-313-6500 ext. 114.

Safe Routes to School aims to reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity and other health issues by encouraging children to walk or bike to school while also teaching them how to be alert in situations that involve pedestrian or bicycle safety. To learn more about SRTS, click here.


SRTS Training Session Dates and Locations:

Dixie County Training
Friday, Jan. 5, 2018
8:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Dixie School Board
823 State Road 349, Old Town, FL 32680


Alachua County Schools Training
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
8:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Driver’s Ed Facility
3501 NE 12th St. Gainesville, FL 32609


Suwannee and Lafayette Training
Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.
Location TBD

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