SOS - Join the National Partnership at the Southern Obesity Summit (SOS)!

Christy SmithThe 7th Annual Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is being held in Nashville, Tennessee. From November 17 -19, 2013, hundreds of participants from sixteen southern states will meet to share strategies in the fight against obesity.

Victory in CA for Safe Routes Funding

Jeanie Ward-WallerI’m thrilled to share big news out of Sacramento, after a year of hard work by advocates: walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School projects will receive a 35 percent boost in state funding through legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown yesterday.  The bill that establishes the new program, Senate Bill 99, combines $130 millio

Virginia Models Successful Partnership between Transportation and Education

The Greater Washington communities in Virginia gained four new Safe Routes to School coordinators in the last round of Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School funding!

Back to school: What did you do on your summer vacation?

Jane WardThe back to school essay topic “What I did on my summer vacation” is a time worn favorite, particularly for elementary teachers and students.  One day late in August, Grandma asked my niece and nephews, “What was your favorite part of your vacation at the beach last week with your family?” Both of my nephews chose a bike-related activity:  “Riding my bike to the smoothie store by myself with my friend.” was the answer of my 1

Director's Outlook: Making Progress on Healthy Community Design

Deb HubsmithSeptember is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month, which in recent decades has been the time to reflect on sobering statistics, like the fact that between 1971 and 2008, the rate of childhood obesity among children age 6 to 11 rose from 4.2 percent to 19.6 percent.

Help Shape the USDOT Strategic Plan

Margo PedrosoLast week, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) released their draft strategic plan for FY2014-2018. This plan will drive the USDOT’s internal workplan, so it’s important to make sure Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking is well-represented.

We Cannot Walk Alone: Reflections on 50 Years Since the March on Washington

Keith Benjamin"We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity."

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.

Congratulations to Memphis, TN For Passing the Nation's 500th Complete Streets Policy

Christy SmithThis August, Memphis, Tennessee was honored by the National Complete Streets Coalition for adopting the Nation's 500th Complete Streets Policy. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership's Tennessee Network sent a letter to Mayor Wharton of Memphis, congratulating him on the honor and for leading the efforts for Complete Streets in Memphis.

The 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference Kicks Off in Sacramento!

Deb HubsmithIn less than a week, the fourth Safe Routes to School National Conference will kick off in Sacramento, California. Since 2007, the biannual National Conference has brought Safe Routes to School champions together to share success stories, learn from one another and chart the course for the future.

Providing New TAP Resources for MPOs

Stephanie WeberOn July 22, Margo Pedroso and I joined Advocacy Advance to host a webinar reviewing the year since MAP-21 passed.

Fending Off Potential Congressional Threats to Safe Routes Funding

Margo PedrosoThis week, both the House and Senate are considering their transportation appropriations (or funding) bills. Because most transportation funding is locked in through MAP-21, we don’t have to fight for funding every year like most programs. (See more on timing updates below)

Increasing Access to Play

Maggie CooperIn honor of July being Parks and Recreation month, I decided to focus on how we, as Safe Routes to School advocates, can ensure that all children have the ability to be active outside all year round. Just like walking and bicycling to school, access to parks and recreation can directly impact the overall quality of life for children.

Plan Bay Area Adopted! But Our The San Francisco Bay Area Still Needs a Bigger Investment in Active Transportation

Marty MartinezNearly three years in the making, Plan Bay Area was approved by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in an after-midnight vote early in the morning of July 19. Plan Bay Area will have massive significant impacts on active transportation, public transit, housing, and other f

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.

Assessing State Progress on Transportation Alternatives

Margo PedrosoIt’s hard to believe that it has been more than a year since Congress passed the transportation bill, MAP-21, which consolidated Safe Routes to School into the Transportation Alternatives program (TAP).

Resources for Connecting with Partners and Power People on Safe Routes to School

Dave CowanSafe Routes to School practitioners are challenged by the need to work with various partners at city, county, regional, state, district and school-related organizations. Inevitably, the success of programs, projects, policies and future funding opportunities are reliant upon the strength of these relationships.

There is Help for Students Walking and Biking to School: Safe Routes to School in Ohio

Kate MoeningIn June, articles in the Akron Beacon Journal highlighted the safety inequity between urban and suburban students that walk or bike to school (you can read them here and

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