The California SRTS Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC) conducts SRTS Workshops at no cost for low-income schools without existing Caltrans SRTS funding. These workshops are designed to help communities and schools create sound SRTS programs based on their unique community conditions, promising practices, and resource availability and options. Up to two trainings a year are available in each of the four TARC regions.
To request a workshop in your community, complete the Request Form below.
Maximizing the benefits of the training begins with the preparation work of the local coordinator at the requesting agency. TARC will work with the local coordinator and provide guidance on how to hold a successful training. The local coordinator will:
- Select the course location. This includes a classroom for the training that accommodates Power Point presentation and group exercises.
- Invite and secure commitment from participants. The course accommodates 20–40 participants. Commonly invited participants include: SRTS task force members (if there’s already a group in place), school administrators and transportation staff, parents, transportation engineers, city or town planners, local government officials, law enforcement officers, public health professionals and bicycle/pedestrian coordinators as well as others who have an interest in safety, obesity prevention, physical activity promotion, transportation, bicycling, walking, children’s health or the school neighborhood.Involvement from diverse participants is key to the success of these workshops.
- Provide refreshments and lunches for participants. Lunch on-site is a necessary part of the course and keeps the day running smoothly and on-schedule.
- Provide equipment and supplies including: LCD projector, extension cords, easel paper, nametags, markers and an attendance list.
- Keep momentum going after the training. May include sending the sample action plans created in the closing session, participant contact information, and workshop notes to all participants.
Each of these responsibilities will be described in more detail when a course is requested.
TARC will provide:
- Pre-training technical assistance to the local coordinator to guide successful preparation.
- Customizable marketing material.
- Customized course agenda.
- Instructor travel arrangements.
- Training delivery by two instructors who bring “on the ground” experience with local SRTS program planning and implementation.
- Overview PowerPoint presentation for each participant to use.
- Training packets for each participant.
These guidelines are adapted from the National Center for Safe Routes to School.