Long Beach Will Be Here Soon; Sign Up for Pro Walk Pro Bike & Our Annual Meeting Today

Brooke DriesseA couple of exciting Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Conference updates (September 10-13 in Long Beach, CA)! First, check out their new website – everything is so easy to find, including their recently released program.

Creating Collaborations

Marty MartinezOne of the best things about my job is being able to work with a diverse coalition of organizations toward common purpose.

New Life, New Threats in Transportation Conference

Margo PedrosoThe state of play on the transportation bill seems to change daily, if not hourly, here in Washington, DC.  Last week, negotiations between the House and Senate broke down and it seemed that a transportation extension was likely. 

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Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts

Isabelle at School in Echo Park, Los AngelesI love living in Southern California, especially the Los Angeles neighborhood I call

Shaping A Safe Routes to School Superstar

Bicycling to Labor and DeliveryPlease excuse the divergence from our regularly scheduled content. You see, between the time I wrote my last blog and the publishing of this blog my family has grown by one precious little girl, Madeline Mae Cowan (who, incidentally, has already expressed to me her deep and unwavering passion for walking and bicycling to school).

Greater Washington, DC Region Shows Progress with Numbers

Christine GreenSafe Routes to School is about walking and bicycling to school and in communities. The Safe Routes to School momentum spreads to players at all levels. There are only three communities with designated Safe Routes to School coordinators in the Greater Washington, DC region.

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.

Deja Vu: House Aims to Eliminate Local Funds for Safe Routes - Act Now!

Deja Vu: House Aims to Eliminate Local Funds for Safe Routes
Act Now to Save Safe Routes to School, Bicycling and Walking Funds
 
It’s come down to a fight for local control.  Negotiations on the federal transportation bill are at a critical point and twenty years of gains on bicycling, walking and Safe Routes to School are at risk.
 

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Leveling the Playing Field for Underserved Communities

kelechiSome neighborhoods are more equipped to support active lifestyles than others. Yet, in many of these less equipped neighborhoods, we find higher instances of students who walk or bicycle to school (Giles-Corti et al, 2011; McDonald, 2008).

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!

Attend the National Partnership’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Long Beach, CA

Long Beach, CaliforniaOur free 2012 Annual Meeting is taking place on Monday, September 10 from 1-5pm in conjunction with the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference in Long Beach, CA.

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.

Update from the Indiana Safe Routes to School Program

The Indiana Safe Routes to School program is alive and well! Having completed six application rounds since its inception in 2006, there are now 114 infrastructure projects and non-infrastructure activities that have been awarded funding in the Hoosier State. For a map of Indiana’s Safe Routes to School awards click here.

Transportation Bill at a Tipping Point?

Margo PedrosoAfter several weeks of reports that Congressional conferees on the transportation bill were making progress, last week saw a flurry of news stories in the Capitol Hill trade press that negotiations are on the rocks. House Republicans from the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

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Why the Regional Approach?

Stephanie WeberAs I have reflected on yet another busy month with the Regional network project, I have thought about why the work the regional policy managers are doing is so unique, yet so pivotal, at this point in time.

Update from the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program has expanded rapidly over the past year and is poised to surpass the 500 partner mark by the end of 2012. Currently, 485+ schools are participating in the program, serving 42 percent of communities throughout the Commonwealth, impacting more than 220,000 children annually.

CTG Grants and New IOM Report: Avenues to Help Safe Routes to School

Deb HubsmithThe Safe Routes to School movement and interest in improving the built environment continue to grow. Here are two resources that I’m sure the field will be excited about:

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.

Shout Outs and Sound Off

Beth RichardsWe love it when Safe Routes to School volunteers and champions share what is happening in their community with us!

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