Back to School in Knoxville Includes an E for Enforcement

Christy SmithAs students all across the state of Tennessee head back to school, children in Knoxville have police officers stepping up efforts to make sure safety is first.  In order to reduce the number of pedestrian crashes, the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) and the Knox County Safe Routes to School Partnership will implement a program to educate drivers about yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Tennessee Advocacy Organizer is a Guest Blogger for Green Trips!

Christy SmithThis October I was asked to write a guest post for the Green Trips program blog on how families and children can learn about their impact on the environment, their health, and their budgets by choosing to bike or walk for transportation instead of using a car.

SOS - Join the National Partnership at the Southern Obesity Summit (SOS)!

Christy SmithThe 7th Annual Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is being held in Nashville, Tennessee. From November 17 -19, 2013, hundreds of participants from sixteen southern states will meet to share strategies in the fight against obesity.

Congratulations to Memphis, TN For Passing the Nation's 500th Complete Streets Policy

Christy SmithThis August, Memphis, Tennessee was honored by the National Complete Streets Coalition for adopting the Nation's 500th Complete Streets Policy. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership's Tennessee Network sent a letter to Mayor Wharton of Memphis, congratulating him on the honor and for leading the efforts for Complete Streets in Memphis.

BIG P, little p, POLICY

Christy SmithPolicy comes in many shapes and sizes. Some use the idea or comparison of BIG P and little p policy. A BIG P policy might be one that is at the state level, even one that is made into a law. Little p’s are smaller, possibly at the local government, or in the case of Safe Routes to School at the individual school level. In Tennessee we have a BIG P policy regarding shared use of recreational facilities in schools.

Highlights From the Tennessee Bike Summit

Christy SmithThe second annual Tennessee Bike Summit took place during May in Memphis, Tennessee. I had the pleasure of attending with a few hundred others from all across the volunteer state, who support bicycling as a form of transportation and recreation.

Shared Use Agreements- Advancing Policy in Tennessee

Christy SmithA joint or shared use agreement is a formal agreement between two groups, for example a school district and a city or county, which allows for the use of public property, like a school playground or field, after regular school hours. Shared use agreements can help school districts save money on the development, operation, and maintenance of the facilities that will be shared..

How Far Can You Go In 0.4 Miles?

Christy SmithI recently had the opportunity to speak to Mayor Carolyn Thompson of Elkton, Tennessee. Elkton has fewer than 20,000 residents and is about twenty-five miles north of Huntsville, Alabama. Elkton has one elementary school with 327 students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. They also do not have any sidewalks in their town.

Supporting the Synergy of Health and Transportation Planning

Christy SmithAs we continue to hear more about the intersection of transportation and health issues nationally, Tennessee is making a concerted effort to cultivate this important partnership. Recently, I had the opportunity to witness and participate in this collaboration. 

2013 Is Off to a Great Start in Tennessee

Christy SmithThe Tennessee Network has some exciting plans for 2013 and some amazing members to help get the job done.  Here’s the short list of what we are working on.

Thankful in Tennessee

Christy SmithDuring the month of November we are reminded to give thanks.  I have Facebook friends who are making an effort to post something they are thankful for every day of the month.  While I like this idea, I think we should also make an effort to thank others -- to let them know we appreciate them.

Complete Streets -The Name Says It All

Christy Smith's new bikeThey say a picture is worth a thousand words and this one is no exception. This is me on my 16th birthday. Yes, I asked for and was given a bicycle for my 16th birthday. I also got a car that year, but if I showed you a picture of it (a late 70’s chevette) you might see why I look so happy to have my new bicycle (and that super 90’s era helmet).

Safety First!

Christy SmithInternational Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 3, 2012. So far more than 3,000 schools nationwide and more than 180 (and counting-that’s more than twice as many as in 2011!) across the state of Tennessee are participating. If you’ve ever walked to school, or anywhere for that matter with a child you know safety is a top priority. Taking a walk around your neighborhood weather it’s on walk to school day or not ca

BACK TO SCHOOL!

Christy Smith“I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."

- Jesse Owens

Update from the Tennessee Safe Routes to School Program

In January of 2012, Tennessee announced Safe Routes to School funding totaling $1.6 for ten municipalities in Tennessee. The majority of the funds will be used for schools to improve sidewalks, crosswalks and signs.  Many of the grant recipients will install flashing beacons and traffic control devices to allow for a safe environment around the schools.  Funds will be used to provide educational programs focused on bicycle and pedestrian safety and promotional activities to encourage walking and bicycling as a safe and healthy alternative.

New Kid on the Block

Christy SmithMy name is Christy Smith and I am the newest advocacy organizer for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership in the State of Tennessee.  Prior to coming to the National Partnership I worked as a public health educator where I taught people of all ages and stages of life how to safely walk, ride and drive.  I’ve also worked for the nonprofit organizations The Boys & Girls Clubs and the Y, two agencies that share a passion with the Na