Striving for Safe Streets for Moms and Children

stephanieDuring the opening plenary session at ProWalk/ProBike in Long Beach, Suja Lowenthal, PhD, a council member from Long Beach, addressed the attendees. She’s a passionate advocate, sharing many ideals so many of us do, but I strongly agreed when she declared that our communities are not bike-friendly until mothers with children feel comfortable taking to the streets. That is such an important litmus test for what so many o

Health and Transportation - A Tipping Point in California

Jeanie Ward-WallerAdvocates for Safe Routes to School and active transportation have long recognized the health impacts of our transportation system. The transportation decisions we make – or worse, the opportunities many people lack because of barriers in the built environment – can have beneficial or detrimental effects on our health. During an inspiring week at the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference in Long Beach, h

Improving Active Transportation Options in the Bay Area

Marty MartinezLike a number of staff at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, I spent much of last week at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference in Long Beach. In addition to getting to see my co-workers in the flesh, I really enjoyed the networking opportunities.

Is Bicycling Social Media?

Dave JanisSeeing all the bicyclists and their interactions at Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place, in my home town of Seattle, and many other places I travel makes me wonder. Is bicycling a non-electronic version of social media? 

ProWalkProBike: ProNewJersey

Laura TorchioNew Jersey’s Zealous Nuts: The 2012 ProWalkProBike: Pro Place conference brought together hundreds of “zealous nuts” who are dedicated to people walking and bicycling more often.  Fred Kent, founder of Project for Public Spaces, opened the conference by declaring,

Safe Routes to School - A Reality in Raleigh

Terry LansdellThe City of Raleigh shines bright and leads the way to making International Walk to School Day a success for North Carolina. 

The commitment to Safe Routes to School can be seen all across North Carolina and the City of Raleigh is making great strides to develop sustainable change for International Walk to School Day.

Safe Routes to School Works: The Proof Is in the Pedaling

kelechiEver wondered how effective Safe Routes to School programs are at increasing walking and bicycling to school? A new multi-state study gives a resounding answer to that question.

Caring and Sharing for the Cause

Jay ThompsonThe Safe Routes to School Mississippi network prides itself on the ability to connect with those organizations within the state that are passionate about ridding the state of the childhood obesity epidemic.

Our Partners Step Up

Clif KidsAs we all head back to school, it is exciting to see more and more children and families walking and bicycling to school each morning.

Get Pumped: This Movement is Ready to Roll!


Lancaster Next week, the City of Long Beach will host Pro Walk Pro Bike, a multiday conference that will bring together advocates from across the country.

A Tale of Two Counties

Carol PulleyThe Safe Routes to School National Partnership's state network project is working to get more Complete Streets policies and improve current ones. As we do this, we learned about several jurisdictions in Florida that have taken their own initiative and are doing just that. We will continue to work hard to make sure this trend continues in our network states!

Update from the Virginia Safe Routes to School Program

In March of 2012, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced the selection of 28 schools in 18 localities throughout the Commonwealth to receive infrastructure funding totaling $5.9 million. The projects selected for funding include a variety of treatments to improve walking and bicycling conditions. These include the traditional sidewalk projects as well as a few trails, crosswalks, signage and a school dropoff/pickup area redesigned to more safely accommodate pedestrians.

A MAP-21 Checklist: Concrete Things You Can Do in the Next Month

Margo PedrosoIt seems like an eternity since the new transportation law, MAP-21, was passed by Congress. But, it has been just two months—and we are now one month away from October 1, when the MAP-21 provisions go into effect. Rather than simply waiting for your state department of transportation to announce how they will operate Safe Routes to School, I wanted to give you some concrete action items for the next month.

Bikes and Feet on Every Street in NJ!

They’re Back! To School, That Is. New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center makes it easy for communities to get active, get healthy, and get back to school. With SRTS Regional Coordinators from eight Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) throughout New Jersey ready to help, kicking off Safe Routes to School programs in your town is within reach.

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.

THE TREE TRUNK

Update from the Washington Safe Routes to School Program

The Washington State Safe Routes to School program has strong state support. In 2005, the state legislature made a 16 year commitment towards the safety of children walking and bicycling to school.  Since that time there have been: four complete funding cycles; $31 million awarded – about $21 million in federal funds and $10 million in state funds; a 21 percent increase in children walking and bicycling to school; Washington State Safe Routes to School was codified into state law RCW 47.04.300 in 2009; and 95 projects – 39 complete and 56 underway.

Tackling Childhood Obesity

Marty MartinezOne of the things I’m most excited about in my position as Bay Area policy manager is how perfectly the work fits my interest in public health. As someone who spent almost a decade working in public health policy, the shift to transportation-related policy such as working on Complete Streets was indeed a change. But in another way it wasn’t a change at all.

It’s About the Children

Stephanie WeberAnother summer is behind us. My daughter is being reminded of what the world looks like at 7:00am as we implement a plan to get her back on a school schedule before the alarm clock rudely does its job on Tuesday, September 4.

California Dreaming

Deb HubsmithThis fall marks 20 years since I moved to California. I was born in Manhattan and grew up there and in New Jersey – learning important lessons about taking initiative and being direct - but I always had an eye toward the west and a fascination with the innovative ideas and policies that often originate in California and then go nationwide. 

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