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 (

Health Economics, Diabetes and the Daily Trip to School

Jane WardIn March 2013, the American Diabetes Association released their most recent five-year update “The Economic Cost of Diabetes in the US in 2012,” which found that in 2012, diabetes cost the US a total of $245 billion, an increase of 41 percent from 2007.

Mississippi is Rolling with Bicycle Month

Jay ThompsonAlong with the transition from cold to a warm climate, more and more cyclists will be getting out to enjoy the beautiful sights the state has to offer. It’s a great thing that May is National Bike Month and many Mississippians will be taking advantage of the camaraderie established among cyclists.

Get With the Student Transportation Department: They Move Students Safely

Dave CowanEver find yourself banging your head against the wall trying to advance a Safe Routes to School program across multiple schools or even an entire district? Worry not; there are plenty of other goose-egged foreheads (and dented walls) across the country that are in your same shoes.

Those Who Celebrate Together, Change Policy Together: Southern California Association of Governments’ General Assembly

Pauline ChowLast week, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) convened the annual Regional Conference and General Assembly (GA) in Palm Desert for two days. The GA is a yearly convening of elected officials from across Southern California to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year.

Washington, DC Area Celebrates Bike to School Day

Christine GreenThis week has been jam packed with great Safe Routes to School events. The week kicked off on Sunday with the Takoma Park 5K for Safe Routes to School.

Director's Outlook: Bike to School Day is May 8!

Deb HubsmithI was 12 years old and it started out as just another spring weekend with my Dad in New York City in the 1980s.

Put Your Feet to the Pedal, Ohio – May is Bicycle Awareness Month!

Kate MoeningWith the warmer weather, more and more cyclists will be riding in our communities – it’s a great thing that May is National Bike Month! Ohio schools, communities and organizations are offering a wealth of cycling safety training, education and events to help us cycle safely this summer!

Familiar Routes in Florida

Heather MurphyWith spring new leadership emerges within the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) Florida Network. However, to some this “newness” may be a bit familiar.

Shared Use Agreements- Advancing Policy in Tennessee

Christy SmithA joint or shared use agreement is a formal agreement between two groups, for example a school district and a city or county, which allows for the use of public property, like a school playground or field, after regular school hours. Shared use agreements can help school districts save money on the development, operation, and maintenance of the facilities that will be shared..

Making Communities Healthier

Stephanie WeberThe other day I was talking to another parent who is getting ready to move from our Virginia community—which is still very much car-dependent--to a small, bicycle-friendly town in the Midwest.

Engaging and Educating Local Elected Officials

Dave CowanEngaging local elected officials is not a new component of Safe Routes to School – in fact, it has been an integral part of the process since the inception of Safe Routes to School programs and projects.

Passing the Torch in New Jersey

Laura TorchioSpring brings a new season for the State Network Project in New Jersey. As you have likely heard, I will be leaving the Safe Routes to School National Partnership this month. But like I welcome the warmer and longer days, I also look forward to new opportunities and stronger partnerships. I am moving onto a program at Montclair State University that still has ties to the SRTS movement.

Shared Use: Lead by Example

Maggie CooperOne of the most important and basic lessons we all learn is how to share. As children we are taught to share our toys and time on the swings, as employees we are encouraged to share ideas and successes, and as bicyclists we request that cars share the road. The idea is that by sharing, several people or groups get to enjoy something that otherwise would have only benefited one person or group.

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Prioritizing Joint Use Agreements in Large Urban Areas

Leah MurphyLeah Murphy is a currently a Master's Student at the University of California Los Angeles. Leah's interest in increasing access to open space and her desire to improve conditions for children and their families for walking and biking led her to partner with the National Partnership to complete her thesis focused on prioritizing schools for Joint Use agreements.

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