Increasing Physical Activity

Increasing Physical Activity

A webinar on shared use and safe routes to school

Two strategies that you can use to increase physical activity of children in your community are shared use and safe routes to school (SRTS). Children and youth can bike and walk to school to easily incorporate physical activity into their day. But the number of kids walking and biking to school has dropped dramatically over the last four decades. Shared use is a strategy for increasing access to spaces to play by opening up recreational spaces for use by the public. Often this means opening school grounds for public use after school hours, but other government agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations are successfully implementing shared use arrangements as well. This webinar identifies what shared use and SRTS programs entail, how to adopt policies for your community, and how to overcome challenges.


  • Heather Lewis, JD, staff attorney, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Diane Dohm, MSCRP, planner, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Andy Davis, PE, active transportation coordinator, University of Akron