First Lady Michelle Obama Visits the Magnolia State

jay thompsonIn an effort to continue the momentum from her Let’s Move! campaign, First Lady, Michelle Obama and television star Rachel Ray visited Mississippi on February 27, 2013. Mississippi was all too proud to be a part of the third anniversary of this movement and even happier to report progress over the past three years.

NJ Team Action

A-C-T! (clap, clap, clap) I-0-N! (clap, clap, clap) -- I can’t help but launch into cheer when my team does well! Yes, the NJ “bike/ped” team players have picked it up and are going for the win. With some SAFETEA-LU funding still unobligated, new funding rules under MAP-21, and emergency recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy, the NJ Team huddled and called their plays. Here’s a rundown of some recent Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets and Transportation Enhancements TEAM ACTION in NJ.

Director's Outlook: Seizing the Moment: Let's Move!

deb hubsmithThis is it!

Can you feel the momentum building for getting kids active in schools?   Can you feel the walking movement growing?  Can you hear the call to action to ensure our communities are designed to help people move?

We are ready to seize the moment.  Are you ready to join us? 

Resources Emerging to Help Guide Regional Work

Steph WeberThe Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) has been working with select metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) since 2010 through the Regional Network Project, funded generously by Kaiser Permanente.

All Things Federal: Sequester, Performance Measures and MAP-21 Implementation

Margo PedrosoIf the news in your hometown is similar to what I hear in Washington, DC, you are probably hearing a lot about the sequester. Back in 2011, Congress and the President agreed to reduce the federal deficit, and created the sequester as a fail-safe to force spending cuts if they couldn’t reach a deal.

Why State and Federal Transportation Dollars for Safe Routes to School Matter to Los Angeles County


jessica meanyIn Los Angeles County, the popular narrative says that everyone drives all the time, and transportation policy has largely reflected this social understanding. However, active transportation modes are a significant form of mobility, calling into question the truth of the dominant narrative.

Wake County Child Pedestrian Safety Action Network Moving Forward!

terry landsellThe Wake County Child Safety Action Network (WakePedNet)is a varied group of individuals who share a similar goal: to raise awareness of child pedestrian injury concerns in Wake County, North Carolina to share and plan activities, and to build greater capacity to prevent pedestrian crashes and injuries.

Supporting the Synergy of Health and Transportation Planning

Christy SmithAs we continue to hear more about the intersection of transportation and health issues nationally, Tennessee is making a concerted effort to cultivate this important partnership. Recently, I had the opportunity to witness and participate in this collaboration. 

When there is an opportunity, jump in!

Christine GreenThe Greater Washington DC region was recently ranked in a report as #1 for congestion. I took that to mean we need to diversify -- get people out of cars on their feet, on their bikes or on transit.

Director's Outlook: Every Body Walk!

Deb HubsmithDid you make a new years resolution in 2013 to be more physically active?  How about to lose weight?  Spend more time with your kids? Or do you want to get more involved with your community? 

If any one of these represent your goals, I’ve got one word for you – WALK.

The Role of Faith-Based Communities in Improving Health

Jay ThompsonIn the past, community churches have typically served as places of worship.  These institutions have been sustained by providing valuable contributions to communities in the areas of direct economic contributions, social services and community volunteering and education.  This highlights the expanded role of the church from the church with “four walls” to the church “witho

Every Kid Deserves the Benefits of a Safe Routes to School Plan

Carol PulleyEvery child deserves the opportunity to get themselves to and from school. Besides being able to chase frogs or play with their friends, there are many benefits to being able to have that activity in their day. 

2013 Is Off to a Great Start in Tennessee

Christy SmithThe Tennessee Network has some exciting plans for 2013 and some amazing members to help get the job done.  Here’s the short list of what we are working on.

Update from the Rhode Island Safe Routes to School Program

Rhode Island has awarded Safe Routes to School projects in two rounds which includes more than $6 million in funding For Round 1, ten Safe Routes to School programs in seven cities and towns involving 30 schools have been awarded. At this time, they are in various stages from “in process of being implemented” to completion. For Round 2, twelve programs in ten cities and towns involving 16 schools have been awarded and all are in the process of being implemented (infrastructure and non-infrastructure).

Free Helmets from NCDOT’s Bicycle Helmet Initiative

Terry LandsellIn 2005, North Carolina began a new era in how it viewed bicycles and pedestrians on its roadways. North Carolina Department of Transportation welcomed Safe Routes to School funding and created a specialty license plate that allowed its residents to show their support for bicycle and roadway safety.

State Network Project Update: 2013 New Year Resolutions

Kris KesselWhat better way to ring in the 2013 New Year than to reflect on what we are thankful for and resolve to improve.

Putting Safety at the Forefront of Transportation Alternatives Implementation

Margo PedrosoSince it has been a full six months since MAP-21 was signed into law, we are now seeing progress and decisions on the implementation of the law.

New Safe Routes to School Regional Resources

Dave CowanMoments ago I finished facilitating a webinar on regional approaches to Safe Routes to School through Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOS). The jargon involved even when clearly presenting on this topic would send even the most hardened Safe Routes to School practitioner running in the other direction. Yet, this is the point.

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Learning from Work in Multiple Jurisdictions


Christine GreenIt is important to assess where we are, where we have been and where we are going. This time of year naturally leads us to those thoughts. At the risk of being cliché, I welcome the opportunity to think about what worked well with the Greater Washington, DC network in 2012 and what we might do differently in 2013.

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