Creating Streets Where We All Feel Safe and Respected

By Katharine Bierce, Sara Zimmerman, and Norma Tassy

New Rural Resources

Can rural roads be good places to walk and bicycle?  Why yes, they certainly can!  My daughters got their first bicycles when they were five or six.  They loved the bikes – but they couldn’t ride them.  Because the streets in our small city were a little too busy for crazily uncoordinated families with bicycles and small children, we would drag ourselves, the girls, and the bikes over to the park every couple weeks.  We would run around awkwardly holding the bicycle seats and trying to prevent the girls from crashing to the ground.  While this did succeed in providing the whole family with

Milwaukie & Tigard Lead the Call for Healthy Kids and Safe Streets

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to support the For Every Kid Coalition in the Pacific Northwest region. For Every Kid is a growing coalition calling for Safe Routes to School for every kid in the Metro-area; vocal support from cities and school districts is an outcome of key partners coming together to promote the benefits and work with communities and we have been an active part of the leadership of this effort.

Ask your Senator: Speak Up for Safe Routes to School

At a time when bicycling and walking represents 12 percent of all trips, dozens of cities are added bikesharing and thousands of schools are implementing Safe Routes to School programs, some in Congress want to take away the small amount of funding Congress invests in bicycling and walking.

Two New Bills to Advance Safe Routes to School, Bicycling and Walking

Margo PedrosoCongressional supporters have introduced two new pieces of legislation to advance funding and safety for bicycling and walking.  The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to support both bills.

Transportation Equity in the Face of Police Profiling


Keith Benjamin“Are they going to kill me?” 

That’s the question a young Black boy asked me one afternoon when I accidentally bumped into him and his grandmother on West Florissant Avenue, in Ferguson, after Michael Brown’s death.  He was pointing at two officers watching peaceful protestors.  I said, “No, little man, you’ll be ok,” but as I walked away, I wondered if he would be ok, if our country would be ok.

Champions for Active Transportation: Is Your Mayor on Board?

Christina Galardi  USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx has issued a challenge to mayors and elected officials: take action to support safety for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages.

What’s at Stake This Spring in Congress

Margo PedrosoIf you have been paying attention to how Congress has handled transportation over the past several years, you’d be justified in thinking that this May’s expiration of the MAP-21 transportation law will get pushed back by months and that you don’t need to pay attention to transportation this spring.

Congress Casts About for Transportation Funding Solution

PedrosoAs the new Congress convenes, pressure is on legislators to keep transportation dollars flowing.  The current transportation law, MAP-21, expires in just four months in May 2015.

New Report: North Carolina - Writing the Next Chapter of Its Transportation Legacy

reportThis week, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership published a new report, “North Carolina: Writing the Next Chapter of Its Transportation Legacy."  The report is being released as the newest NC General Assembly convenes in Raleigh, and calls for state legislators and age

50 Years After Selma, Taking a Stand for Health Equity and the Right to Walk Safely

MLK JrThis month saw the release of the highly anticipated film "Selma." Structured around three protest marches in 1965, the film follows Martin Luther King Jr. and many other civil rights leaders as they risked their lives in three attempts to walk the 54-mile highway from Selma to Alabama state capital Montgomery in defiance of segregation and oppression.

In the Wake of the Midterm Elections, Some Big Changes Coming to Capitol Hill

The results of the November 4th elections were exactly what pollsters and political prognosticators had been indicating since early summer: a number of Republican pickups in the House, and enough wins in the Senate to take control for the first time since 2008. You can read more about the changes coming to Congress and what that might mean for walking and biking programs in our latest federal policy blog.

Safe Routes to School in Rural (Yes, Rural) New Jersey

Nora ShepardMost people think of New Jersey as an urban place -- after all, it has the highest population density in the country. There are many dense urban cities and suburban communities, but there are also large rural areas with small towns and open spaces. Contrary to what you might initially think, there are lessons to be learned in New Jersey about Safe Routes to School in rural settings.

Two New Publications Highlight Federal Safe Routes to School Policy

This week, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership published a new policy report with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, entitled Safe Routes to School: How States are Adapting to a New Legislative Framework. Additionally, we updated our Snapshot of State Implementation of the Transportation Alternatives Program. While both provide a still incomplete picture of how Safe Routes to School is faring under the now two-year-old Transportation Alternatives Program, the report in particular gives some reason for optimism. Read more about both on this month's federal policy blog.

Walking and Rolling to School in San Francisco

Walk and Roll to School Day was on October 8, and I participated in an amazing event with Mayor Ed Lee and members of San Francisco’s Safe Routes to School partnership. Nearly 90 schools and 14,000 children across San Francisco participated in the record-breaking event. More than 85 percent of San Francisco Unified School District elementary schools participated, growing the event by ten percent this year.

It’s Official: Safe Routes to School is Proven to Work

Margo PedrosoJust in time for International Walk to School Day, a new study has been published in the Journal of the American Planning Association that confirms what those of us in the field have long known:  Safe Routes to School programs are effective at increasing rates of walking and bicycling to and from school.

National Active Transportation Diversity Task Force Releases Equity Asset Map

keith benjaminWhen I came to the National Partnership more than a year and a half ago, I was encouraged by our founder Deb Hubsmith to do two things. First, find every way to raise the drum beat of equity in my work, and second, read profusely to gain best practices and tactics to push progress forward. 

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