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!

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.  

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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!”  

Want to See More Women on Bikes? Get Girls on Bikes!

Robert PingIn the US, men's cycling trips surpass women's by at least 2:1. So how do we change that? We start by simply inviting women to participate. On May 13, there were 163 women-focused rides in 14 countries, including the US.

Regional Complete Streets Policy in Greater Washington, DC

Christine GreenComplete Streets are now officially supported by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Greater Washington, DC area. At their meeting this week, the TBP adopted a policy in support of Complete Streets that also encourages local membe

Wins for Safe Routes to School & Complete Streets in San Francisco Bay Area

Marty MartinezOn Thursday, May 17, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) voted to approve the One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) as part of the overall approval of their Regional Transportation Plan. OBAG provides roughly $800 million over four years to cities and counties in the region for transportation projects.

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