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.

Health Advancements for the Mississippi Delta

Jay ThompsonThe Mississippi Delta is a region of the state that is comprised of approximately 18 counties, of which 30% of the residents live below the poverty level.

Bike to School Day is Just Around the Corner on May 8th. Are You In, North Carolina?

Terry LandsellBike to School Day is just around the corner on May 8th. Are you in, North Carolina?

Across North Carolina there are so many great Safe Routes to School programs in place at hundreds of schools. You can visit most any of those schools now and see bikes being parked at bike racks and parents leading kids in their walk to and from school. 

Bay Area Increases Walking and Bicycling – and Research Shows We’ll Reap Health Benefits

Marty MartinezNew data released from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), shows that rates of bicycling and walking have increased throughout the region.  

Director's Outlook: Raising the Drumbeat for Active Transportation and Public Health

Deb HubsmithEvery year since 2005, the public health community has celebrated the first week of April as National Public Health Week, led by our long-standing partner affiliate, the American Public Health Association.  And this year, one of the main themes of National Public Health Week, “Providing a Saf

Re-Thinking How We Message Safe Routes to School on the Hill

Margo PedrosoAt the National Bike Summit this year, Douglas Meyer from Bernuth & Williamson presented some fascinating results about what Congressional allies and opponents think about bicycling. The League of American Bicyclists hired Meyer to conduct in-depth interviews with a wide range of individuals on the Hill—and while the questions were about bicycling, they are instructive for Safe Routes to School.

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