"See A Need, Fill A Need" - Safe Routes to School Planning in Urban Communities

Kate MoeningWalking to school is not a new concept - up until the 1970s, most schools were located in residential neighborhoods, and communities were built with pedestrian traffic in mind. Unlike many suburban and rural areas, this still holds true in urban communities, where sidewalks are present and homes are clustered around schools.

There is Help for Students Walking and Biking to School: Safe Routes to School in Ohio

Kate MoeningIn June, articles in the Akron Beacon Journal highlighted the safety inequity between urban and suburban students that walk or bike to school (you can read them here and

Trails and Trips Boost Ohio’s Economy

Kate MoeningBicycle Awareness Month is drawing to a close, and I’ve been inspired by great Bike/Walk to School Day events, Bike to Work Day events and National Bike Challenge promotions kicking off a safe, active summer for cyclists and walkers of

Put Your Feet to the Pedal, Ohio – May is Bicycle Awareness Month!

Kate MoeningWith the warmer weather, more and more cyclists will be riding in our communities – it’s a great thing that May is National Bike Month! Ohio schools, communities and organizations are offering a wealth of cycling safety training, education and events to help us cycle safely this summer!

Be a Part of the Action: Join the Ohio Safe Routes Network!

Kate MoeningOhio is a leader in the national Safe Routes to Schools movement. Here are just a few benchmarks and accomplishments in our great state:

Ohio Highlights: Wrapping Up 2012 and Stepping Up in 2013!

Kate MoeningSafe Routes to School in Ohio has much to be proud of in 2012 – here are a few highlights: $16 million dollars awarded to communities for Safe Routes to School infrastructure and non-infrastructure project;

Ohio Walks to School for Walk to School Day!

Kate MoeningInternational Walk to School Day was celebrated on October 3, and all of October is designated as Walk to School Month. Nationally, more than 4,200 schools have registered events on the International Walk and Bike to School (IWALK) website, a 10 percent increase over last year! Ohio is well represented with 69 schools – highlights include:

Just Walk It Off: Transportation Choices and Personal Health

Kate MoeningIt’s everywhere in the news – American’s overweight and obesity rates in this generation have soared.

Branching Out: How an Elementary Safe Routes to School Program Is Growing A Middle School Program

Kate MoeningSchool is in session, and getting students to and from home in a safe, timely manner is essential to a healthy learning environment. Students grow, learn and eventually graduate from one school to another. In Gahanna, Ohio the students are growing and maturing, as is the Safe Routes to School program.

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IT'S ALIVE!: Ohio's Safe Routes to School is ALIVE, ACTIVE and AWESOME!

Kate MoeningSince the passage of the new federal Transportation bill (MAP-21) on July 6, I have heard “Oh, isn’t Safe Routes to School dead?” 

The answer is a resounding NO!  

IT’S ALIVE!

Update from the Ohio Safe Routes to School Program

On May 30, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced their 2012 Safe Routes to School program awards, funding 68 projects in 48 communities, totaling more than $16 million dollars. An additional 19 communities have been awarded funds for school travel plan development. This is the highest amount of funding the Ohio program has distributed at one time. For a complete award list, click here.

Ohio’s Safe Routes to School Network: Improving Ohio’s Health and Connectivity!

Kate MoeningThe first Ohio network meeting was held on Tuesday, June 19 at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Central Office, to kick off the National Partnership’s efforts in Ohio.

Introducing Ohio’s Safe Routes To School Advocacy Organizer: Commitment to Community

Kate MoeningGrowing up in Berea, Ohio, I walked to school, played outside and rode my bike in our part of the Cleveland Metro Parks. My love of the outdoors and community service started there during elementary school –a park cleanup and stream restoration in the 5th grade showed me how people can make positive changes in their community.