Honored with Appreciation Award in Fairfax County, VA

christine greenOn November 2, bicycle advocates in Fairfax County, Virginia came together for the second Fairfax Bike Summit hosted by the Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB). The discussion focused on Tysons Corner, a rapidly redeveloping portion of the county that is reinventing itself as a multimodal neighborhood.

Building Momentum for Safe Routes to School in Greater Washington, DC

christine greenAs part of the Regional Network Project, we are tasked with advocating for walking and bicycling at the regional level and specifically working with our local metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). After all, as pedestrians and bicyclists, it does not matter what jurisdiction we are in, we just want to get to our destination safely.

MOU Will Strengthen Active Transportation in San Bernardino County

Adoption of SANBAG MOU with SCAG Public CommentsIn early November 2013, the San Bernardino Association of Governments (SANBAG) board adopted a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (Item 7) with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). The MOU commits the two agencies to working together on projects related to the implementation of the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS). While the RTP/SCS is mandated by SB 375, state legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through trying land use and transportation planning in the RTP process, the MOU is strictly voluntary.

The MOU between SCAG and SANBAG demonstrates both agencies’ commitment to the policies, projects and strategies set forth in the 2012 RTP/SCS. It is important for County Transportation Commissions (CTCs) to show commitment to implementation of plans and policies.

Specific planning projects are included in SANBAG’s MOU that will transform San Bernardino County into a more walkable and bikeable place, improve the public health outcomes of its residents and help increase the number of children walking and bicycling to school. The MOU incorporates items recommended in the San Bernardino Active Transportation Vision, statistics and policy recommendations developed by stakeholders from San Bernardino County, including SANBAG staff, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, Omnitrans, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, American Lung Association, MoveIE and Inland Empire Bicycle Alliance.

Tennessee Advocacy Organizer is a Guest Blogger for Green Trips!

Christy SmithThis October I was asked to write a guest post for the Green Trips program blog on how families and children can learn about their impact on the environment, their health, and their budgets by choosing to bike or walk for transportation instead of using a car.

Director's Outlook: Three Actions for Health to Take in November

Deb HubsmithYou might have heard that I was diagnosed on October 17 with acute myeloid leukemia, and I am now in the hospital healing. I so greatly appreciate the outpouring of support of prayers and healing vibrations from the community- it lifts my spirits and helps me to stay strong.

Reading the Tea Leaves for the Next Transportation Bill

Margo PedrosoIn my last post, I talked about the government shutdown and how the fighting over funding could be a bad sign for the next surface transportation bill, given the $15 billion per year funding shortfall.

Important Update About Deb Hubsmith

Last week, while visiting the doctor for flu-like symptoms, Safe Routes to School National Partnership director Deb Hubsmith was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). This type of leukemia comes on very quickly, and Deb's doctors caught it early and started treatment right away. She will be in and out of the hospital over the next couple of months while going through chemotherapy. Once treated, AML has a good remission and survival rate. Her doctors fully expect remission following her treatment course. 

Five Reasons to Celebrate Walking and Bicycling in October

Deb HubsmithOctober is such a great time of year. And I love International Walk and Bike to School Day which its taking place this year on October 9! There is so much to celebrate during this October, here is my top five list:

Getting Creative with Safe Routes to School in Rural Communities

Safe Routes to School Programs and activities have unique opportunities and needs in rural areas. At the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Annual meeting in August, several advocates from rural areas shared their creative ideas to creating thriving programs in rural areas.

What the Federal Government Shutdown Means for the Next Transportation Bill

Margo PedrosoAfter Congress and the President were unable to agree on a deal to continue funding for federal agencies and programs through the annual appropriations process, the federal government was shut down and non-essential employees were sent home. The shutdown is now in its second week, and there is no sign of progress towards a resolution.

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."

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