Safe Routes to School Advocacy Day a Success – Voices Heard Loud and Clear in the California State Capitol!

California Senate District 7 is home to suburban bedroom communities such as Dublin, Antioch and Walnut Creek. District 7 is also the beneficiary of over $8,000,000 in Safe Routes to School grants, as Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Senate Transportation Committee Chair, learned from advocates Thursday Aug 15. The meeting between DeSaulnier, Safe Routes to School National Partnership Director Deb Hubsmith, and local advocates was one of 65 meetings with legislators and their staff as part of the first Safe Routes to School Advocay Day in California.

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.

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

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..

Making Strides in the California Capitol

Jeanie WardCalifornia is proposing to do something revolutionary for walking and bicycling. California Governor Jerry Brown’s Administration has proposed a new Active Transportation Program (ATP) that will enable the state to become a leader in making walking and bicycling part of the mainstream transportation system.

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:

Every Kid Deserves the Benefits of a Safe Routes to School Plan

Carol PulleyEvery child deserves the opportunity to get themselves to and from school. Besides being able to chase frogs or play with their friends, there are many benefits to being able to have that activity in their day. 

Safe Routes to School in California by the Numbers

Jeanie Ward-WallerI’ve been looking at a lot of data lately, trying to get a strong grasp on California’s record of getting kids walking and bicycling safely to school. I’m an engineer by training so I enjoy any opportunity to crunch some data, and California has particularly interesting numbers to analyze. Some of California’s data is really good compared to the nation as a whole, and some is not so good. Here are a few e

Update from the Mississippi Safe Routes to School Program

Jay ThompsonThere are a number of exciting Safe Routes to Schools initiatives taking place around the state of Mississippi and the momentum continues. The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program has opened up its fourth funding cycle.

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;

Update from the Florida Safe Routes to School Program

Florida has had great success with Safe Routes to School under SAFETEA-LU, with more than 235 applications ($68.8 million) being funded. The average Safe Routes to School project funded was $292,766. There has been a call for infrastructure applications each fall through spring. Spring 2012 ended the 6th call for projects. These projects will be in the 2017 work program. The average return on these projects was an increase of 22 percent of children walking to and from school. The program works!

Giving Thanks for Change and Opportunity

Jeanie Ward-WallerThanksgiving is my favorite holiday – not just because of the delicious food and the afternoon nap on the couch. As we kick off the month of gift giving and celebration that is the holiday season this day is very simply about quality time with family and friends and giving thanks.

State Network Project Retreat 2012

SAOs at retreatNJ and You – Perfect Together! And perfect it was for the National Partnership’s first state network project retreat on October 9th – 12th in Morristown, NJ. In full disclosure, I have some personal bias; I am a life-long NJ resident.

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:

Reconnecting to the FUN of Walking to School

Jeanie Ward-WallerI spend a lot of my working hours getting into the weeds of transportation project funding and implementation, and working with our state network to sort out the complexities of state policy and bureaucracy.

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).

Southern Leaders Gather to Fight Obesity

Terry LansdellThe Southern Obesity Summit came to Charlotte for its 6th annual gathering this weekend. The Southern Obesity Summit gathers people enlisted in the fight to prevent obesity from 16 southern states and is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United S

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program in NJ

Alliance for a Healthier GenerationThe Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, was formed in 2005 as a response to the dramatic increase in prevalence of childhood obesity across the nation. Currently, as many as 1 in 3 students in most states meet the criteria for overweight or obese. 

One Teacher Makes a Difference

Carol PulleyWe frequently hear about successful programs getting more youth bicycling and walking to school. But behind those programs are one or more dedicated people, often teachers that make it happen. Pat Davidson is one of them.

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