What Does the Transportation Bill Mean for Safe Routes to School?

Margo PedrosoThis week, Congress is voting on a new two-year transportation bill, called MAP-21, that will make significant changes to federal transportation policy that negatively impact bicycling and walking programs.  Please see our joint statement with the America Bikes coalition for information on the effect on bicycling and walking more b

Integration of Health & Transportation at the Regional Level

Stephanie WeberThose of us who have been in the field of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy for a while are quite familiar with the growing body of research connecting health to the built environment.

Tell Me A Story, Not A Statistic

Robert PingLast week I was in a communications training with other nonprofit groups - a really good one, by the way, from Spitfire Communications, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We were tasked throughout the week with writing stories, creating elevator speeches and developing communications plans. I learned a lot. I especially learned just how boring very smart, passionate people can sound. I was no exception.

Flying Around for Safe Routes to School

Dave JanisOne of the exciting aspects of the National Partnership’s state network project is the uniqueness of the seven different states. And while this uniqueness is the culture, the people and the geography, one thing is certain, they just can’t get enough of Safe Routes to School!

Long Beach Will Be Here Soon; Sign Up for Pro Walk Pro Bike & Our Annual Meeting Today

Brooke DriesseA couple of exciting Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Conference updates (September 10-13 in Long Beach, CA)! First, check out their new website – everything is so easy to find, including their recently released program.

Creating Collaborations

Marty MartinezOne of the best things about my job is being able to work with a diverse coalition of organizations toward common purpose.

New Life, New Threats in Transportation Conference

Margo PedrosoThe state of play on the transportation bill seems to change daily, if not hourly, here in Washington, DC.  Last week, negotiations between the House and Senate broke down and it seemed that a transportation extension was likely. 

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Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts

Isabelle at School in Echo Park, Los AngelesI love living in Southern California, especially the Los Angeles neighborhood I call

Shaping A Safe Routes to School Superstar

Bicycling to Labor and DeliveryPlease excuse the divergence from our regularly scheduled content. You see, between the time I wrote my last blog and the publishing of this blog my family has grown by one precious little girl, Madeline Mae Cowan (who, incidentally, has already expressed to me her deep and unwavering passion for walking and bicycling to school).

Greater Washington, DC Region Shows Progress with Numbers

Christine GreenSafe Routes to School is about walking and bicycling to school and in communities. The Safe Routes to School momentum spreads to players at all levels. There are only three communities with designated Safe Routes to School coordinators in the Greater Washington, DC region.

Partner Powers: New Jersey

Superheros Among Us: Last week I had the pleasure to attend a New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids strategic planning meeting where I got to meet many of New Jersey’s real life superheroes. If you were there, you know that as part of the introductions, we all got to declare what our super power would be if we had one. They were all noble.

Deja Vu: House Aims to Eliminate Local Funds for Safe Routes - Act Now!

Deja Vu: House Aims to Eliminate Local Funds for Safe Routes
Act Now to Save Safe Routes to School, Bicycling and Walking Funds
 
It’s come down to a fight for local control.  Negotiations on the federal transportation bill are at a critical point and twenty years of gains on bicycling, walking and Safe Routes to School are at risk.
 

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Leveling the Playing Field for Underserved Communities

kelechiSome neighborhoods are more equipped to support active lifestyles than others. Yet, in many of these less equipped neighborhoods, we find higher instances of students who walk or bicycle to school (Giles-Corti et al, 2011; McDonald, 2008).

North Carolina Partnership Takes Flight

Terry LansdellAs a longtime advocate who loves nothing more than getting kids on bikes, I was inspired and energized by the first North Carolina state network meeting!

Attend the National Partnership’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Long Beach, CA

Long Beach, CaliforniaOur free 2012 Annual Meeting is taking place on Monday, September 10 from 1-5pm in conjunction with the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference in Long Beach, CA.

Joint-Use Agreements: An Interview with Dr. John Spengler

Carol PulleyAfter growing up playing on the school playground, I was dismayed to start seeing fences and locked gates at schools. The whole community feeling changed to a prison atmosphere, but to keep people out. John O.

Mississippi On the Move

Jay ThompsonIn my last post, I shared some of my aspirations for the great state of Mississippi with regard to the advancement of Safe Routes to School initiatives around the state.

Update from the Indiana Safe Routes to School Program

The Indiana Safe Routes to School program is alive and well! Having completed six application rounds since its inception in 2006, there are now 114 infrastructure projects and non-infrastructure activities that have been awarded funding in the Hoosier State. For a map of Indiana’s Safe Routes to School awards click here.

Transportation Bill at a Tipping Point?

Margo PedrosoAfter several weeks of reports that Congressional conferees on the transportation bill were making progress, last week saw a flurry of news stories in the Capitol Hill trade press that negotiations are on the rocks. House Republicans from the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

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Why the Regional Approach?

Stephanie WeberAs I have reflected on yet another busy month with the Regional network project, I have thought about why the work the regional policy managers are doing is so unique, yet so pivotal, at this point in time.

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