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Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Launched in August 2005, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a fast-growing network of hundreds of organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, leverage infrastructure and program funding and advance policy change to help agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.

The National Partnership's was recognized with one of six 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pioneering Innovation Awards, receiving the Game Changer Award. This award recognizes an organization that has accomplished activities that have led to paradigm shifts that have advanced obesity prevention efforts. Read Deb's blog from the event and view our press release

In 2007, the National Partnership initiated the state network project to establish Safe Routes to School networks in nine states and the District of Columbia. For 2010 and 2011, the project was funded in the District of Columbia and nineteen states. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a three-year renewal grant of $2,999,725 to build on policy wins from recent years, and advance built environment improvements in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Specifically, in advancing state-level policy reform in seven states (Calif., Fla., Miss., N.C., N.J., Ohio and Tenn.), and in developing a national learning network to share best practices among advocates for advancing street-scale improvements and joint-use agreements that develop opportunities for cities and schools to collaborate on creating safe places for kids to play and engage in healthy physical activity

The National Partnership is managed by a board and staff, and our hundreds of partners utilize their communication channels to spread the word about Safe Routes to School opportunities, news, challenges and collaborations. The National Partnership includes such partner affiliates as the AARP, the American Heart Association, the PTA and Active Living By Design.

Our mailing address:

2323 Broadway Ave., Ste 109B
Oakland, CA 94612

Request a Safe Routes to School National Partnership brochure.

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Since 2005, PeopleForBikes’ long-standing support and leadership have been the foundation from which the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has grown into a leading entity for active transportation and healthy community design in the movement to reduce childhood obesity. PeopleForBikes hosted the National Partnership from 2005 to 2014, providing initial funding and generous grants for ongoing general operating support. The National Partnership gained independent non-profit status in 2014, and we value the continuing support and generosity of PeopleForBikes as a partner.

PeopleForBikes is the movement to improve bicycling in the U.S. By collaborating with millions of individual riders, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials, PeopleForBikes is uniting Americans to boost bicycling on a national level for results that can be seen locally.