Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Initiatives and Liability: Opportunities, Perceptions & Realities

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Various public health policies have proven effective in promoting physical activity and reducing weight gain and obesity. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiatives are a topic of conversation in communities looking for ways to promote active transportation. SRTS programs encourage children to make walking and bicycling to school part of their daily routines. However, concerns over accidents, injuries and “liability” may not match the realities.  This webinar provides an overview of the development and implementation of successful SRTS initiatives. The presenters identify key stakeholders within a community, review the impact liability issues have on SRTS initiatives and discuss the role of governmental immunity. Additionally, the webinar addresses risk management strategies that can help to minimize risks that are common to SRTS initiatives.

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Webinar Slides [PDF]


  • Meghann Condit, Health Educator, Carlton County Public Health
  • Scott M. Kelly, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center
  • Mary Marrow, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center


  • Lisa Bender, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation