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

Shared Use and Street Scale Policies In Action

Mikaela RandolphKeith BenjaminThis blog post was written by Mikaela Randolph, shared use campaign manager, and Keith Benjamin, street scale campaign manager.

Fire Up Your Feet: Keeping Little Feet Fired and Big Hearts Inspired

Rosie MesterhazyLooking back, I never would have imagined that many of the recreational activities I participated in and enjoyed, especially walking and bicycling to school, climbing ropes in PE, hiking to the local nature center, and playing games at recess, would impact my life so significantly.

America’s Fittest Cities: Neighborhood Design, Green Building, and Fitness

Jane WardIn June 2013, the American College of Sports Medicine released their most recent fitness ranking of the 50 largest US metropolitan areas. The website includes a user-friendly interactive map to show the scores and criteria breakdown for the 50 largest cities.

No Summer Lull on Capitol Hill

Margo Pedroso

 While schools are out for summer and many Americans head out on vacation, things on Capitol Hill have been heating up.  I’ve got updates on a range of federal policy topics to share with Safe Routes to School advocates.

Director’s Outlook: How Your Zip Code Influences How Much Physical Activity You Get

Deb HubsmithMajor polls show that Americans want to live in places where it’s safe to walk and bicycle. The demand for walkable, livable communities has prompted many municipalities to make more investments in multi-modal transportation and adopt policies such as Complete Streets that institutionalize planning, design and construction for all types of road users.

A Hard-Fought Win in the San Francisco Bay Area for Bicycling and Walking

Marty MartinezOn Wednesday, June 26, the Bay Area’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO), the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), voted to keep a requirement that cities and towns maintain Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees (BPACs) to receive certain state funds. They also voted to strengthen this requirement, stipulating that BPACs review not only bicycle projects but also pedestrian projects.

Reflections from the Childhood Obesity Conference

Last week three representatives from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) attended the Childhood Obesity Conference in Long Beach, CA.

Spring Success for Fire Up Your Feet!

Margaux MennessonThis spring, families and schools across the country joined in the Fire Up Your Feet activity challenge, a program designed to encourage students, families, and school staff to walk, bike, and get physical activity in daily life. Together, families and schools logged a collective 292,400 minutes of activity and more than 7,000 miles. WAY TO GO!

Advocates Succeed in Saving Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees in the Bay Area!

Marty MartinezBay Area advocates for active transportation came together to successfully defeat an attempt to weaken bicycle and pedestrian requirements in the region. In May, staff from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), released a proposal that would eliminate a requirement that cities and town maintain a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee (BPAC) to receive certain state funds.

WATCH OUT! Adding Adrenaline to Pedestrian Safety Campaigns

Catherine Baker“Wear lights, especially at night,” “no texting while walking,” “make them see you.” It seems to be that time of year in the Greater Washington, D.C. metro region where every jurisdiction is finishing up or rebranding their Pedestrian Safety Campaigns.

Assessing USDOT's Final Guidance on Transportation Alternatives

Margo PedrosoJust shy of one year since the passage of the new transportation law, MAP-21, the US Department of Transportation has issued the final guidance and a new Q&A on the Transpo

Creating a Framework for GIS Mapping in Safe Routes to School

Maggie CooperAs Safe Routes to School programs have increased across the country, a clear need for better data management at the national level has become apparent. Many communities have used Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping in assessments of the built environment, but because there is not a central place to store data, this information is stuck, in a sense, at the local level.

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Pushing for Strong Support for Walking and Bicycling in Plan Bay Area

Marty MartinezThe Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) submitted comments on the Draft Plan Bay Area and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), both of which will have massive impacts on active transportation, public transit, housing, and other factors affecting th

The New American Dream: Walking and Bicycling into the 21st Century

Deb HubsmithA new study from U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group shows that after decades of steady growth, U.S. driving rates have slowed, and even stalled – and that in the long term, Americans are unlikely to return to driving as much as they did before.

Trails and Trips Boost Ohio’s Economy

Kate MoeningBicycle Awareness Month is drawing to a close, and I’ve been inspired by great Bike/Walk to School Day events, Bike to Work Day events and National Bike Challenge promotions kicking off a safe, active summer for cyclists and walkers of

Highlights From the Tennessee Bike Summit

Christy SmithThe second annual Tennessee Bike Summit took place during May in Memphis, Tennessee. I had the pleasure of attending with a few hundred others from all across the volunteer state, who support bicycling as a form of transportation and recreation.

Sizing up the Next US Secretary of Transportation

Margo PedrosoLess than a month ago, President Obama announced that his choice for the next US Secretary of Transportation was Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, NC.  Based on his work in Charlotte and his remarks about transportation, we are hopeful about his potential to carry forward Secretary LaHood’s leadership on bicycling, walking and Safe Routes to School.

Let’s Go NC! A Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Skills Program for Healthy, Active Children Begins NOW!

Terry LandsellLet’s Go NC! was developed for the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation and the state Safe Routes to School program by NC State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education (

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