California’s New Advocacy Organizer: Passion for Safe Routes

Jeanie Ward-WallerPhysical activity has been central in my life since I learned to run and ride a bike as a kid. Though my career military parents moved my family often, they always prioritized living near a neighborhood school so that my sisters and I could walk or bicycle. I relished the freedom and responsibility of walking and especially bicycling to school, and still treasure those memories.

Hawaii Creates New Safe Routes to School Funds!

Robert PingThis month has been a tough one for Safe Routes to School supporters. We lost our dedicated federal program funds in the new transportation bill (MAP-21), and overall federal funds for bicycling and walking in general were reduced by 30 percent compared to the previous transportation bill (SAFETEA-LU).

Tallying the Benefits of Safe Routes to School for North Carolina

Terry LansdellAnswering this is easy. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership works to make changes to the built environment so that generations of children can bicycle and walk to school. Not only is it a great way to improve children’s lives, but it reminds adults about the simple joys of walking and bicycling with their family, friends and neighbors. 

Saluting A Safe Routes to School Leader

Carol PulleyWhile all states have a SRTS coordinator, few, if any, have been at it as long as Pat Pieratte with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). She just retired after 35 years with the department, serving six years as the SRTS coordinator. Before she left to go folk dancing in Croatia and Slovenia, there was a gathering to talk about her successes and wish her well.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

State Networks Running Strong

Dave JanisThe seven states that comprise the state network project are all moving at a fast pace. Since the state advocacy organizers began in early March, they continue to make many very key contacts throughout their states.

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.  

Healthier Options

A Matter of the “Heart”

Jay ThompsonHi! Welcome to my blog.

The Bike Lane Fairy Has a Blog?

Laura TorchioGreetings Safe Routes Champions!  Welcome to “Blog BLF!”  

Safe Routes to School in Florida-Stories from a Veteran

Carol PulleyHi, welcome to my blog.

Safe Routes to School has been a special interest of mine since raising five children and helping them get to and from school. Many of the direct routes to school were unsafe, so they found backstreets to ride their bicycles, but in upper grades I worried about them having to cross a major highway. It became apparent that the roads were only designed for motor vehicles.

Update from the California Safe Routes to School Program

On October 17, 2011, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) awarded $66 million to local and regional agencies for a total of 139 federally-funded Safe Routes to School projects.

State Network Project 3.0

Dave JanisAs someone who has been involved with Safe Routes to School for over nine years, it has been very satisfying – let alone exciting – to see the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s state network project not only thrive, but continue to get generously funded. And being personally involved has only made it that much sweeter. Prior to joining the staff in May 2011, I served on the National Partnership’s Steering Committ

Managing Our Systems for an Effective State and National Learning Network

Kathy CookeHi, my name is Kathy Cooke, and I'm network coordinator for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership! Even though I battle daily to get my two sons to put on a jacket or long pants during Portland's rainier months, I've found ways to make sure other "systems" are in place that help them get safely to and from school. We have tools at the ready to fix their bike brakes or pump air in their tires.

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