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New Publication Highlights How Four MPOs Approach TAP and Safe Routes to School

A new information brief, issued today by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and written by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, demonstrates how regional transportation planning authorities (or MPOs) can advance Safe Routes to School priorities using the relatively new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

House transportation bill coming soon?

Margo PedrosoWhile just a few weeks ago, we were gearing up for the House to move a new transportation bill through the Committee and then the floor, action has once again been delayed.

Director’s Outlook: Seizing the Call to Action on Walking

Last week, the Surgeon General issued a powerful call to action urging all Americans to champion walking and walkable communities. By now hopefully you have heard this and are already putting efforts in place to align your school, nonprofit organization, or business with this game-changing ask.  I was gratified to be present in Washington, DC when Dr. Murthy made the announcement, and at the National Partnership we are moving forward without hesitation.  

Act Now: Funding for Bicycling and Walking Needs Your Help!

Margo PedrosoOn September 17th, the U.S. House Transportation Committee will be voting on the transportation bill.  One of the issues they’ll be debating is whether or not to continue the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which is the main source of funding for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking. 

US Surgeon General Launches Campaign with National Call to Action on Walking

Step It Up!

Today, the UnitedStates Surgeon General issued a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking while addressing the fact that many communities unacceptably lack safe and convenient places for individuals to walk or wheelchair roll.

#10YearsofSRTS: Walk to School Day: A Bellwether for the Demand for Active Communities

wtsdSince the first U.S. event in 1997, Walk to School Day has become the cornerstone annual event for champions of Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling. Each year, Walk to School Day celebrations break records for participation, with more than 4,780 events being held in 2014. And in many communities, Walk to School Day events are just one part of a school’s efforts to embrace active lifestyles.

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