Reflections Begin

Stephanie WeberI’ve been immersed in our latest progress reports for the regional network project, and it is so easy to get lost in the minutiae of editing. But when I stop and think back upon our efforts this year, I am proud of the work of everyone involved in our regional efforts. 

Safe Routes to School National Conference Planning in Full Swing

Sacramento, CAAugust 13-15, 2013 will be here before we know it, so make your plans now to join us in Sacramento for the Safe Routes to School National Conference! Check out the revamped website at www.saferoutesconference.org, and take a look at our Save the Date. You can forward it to your colleagues and friends encouraging them to join you in Sacramento.

Giving Thanks for Change and Opportunity

Jeanie Ward-WallerThanksgiving is my favorite holiday – not just because of the delicious food and the afternoon nap on the couch. As we kick off the month of gift giving and celebration that is the holiday season this day is very simply about quality time with family and friends and giving thanks.

Thankful in Tennessee

Christy SmithDuring the month of November we are reminded to give thanks.  I have Facebook friends who are making an effort to post something they are thankful for every day of the month.  While I like this idea, I think we should also make an effort to thank others -- to let them know we appreciate them.

“Turning over” new Safe Routes to School jobs in North Carolina

Terry LansdellIn North Carolina this year, thanks to the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Safe Routes to School Coordinator Ed Johnson, the waters are “turning over” for Safe Routes to School and the prioritization of bicycle and pedestrian safety in a variety of ways and partnerships. 

Students Steal the Show

Christine GreenI recently had the privilege of speaking at the Fairfax County Bike Summit. It was the first Bike Summit in the county. Fairfax County has come a long way through the work of the Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling.

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program: Continuing Opportunities for Active Transportation Advocates

Freemont Elementary School 2012California’s climate change legislation continues to provide opportunities for bicycle and pedestrian advocates to influence regional transportation policy and finance.

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Exercise Your Right to…Exercise

kelechiThe past several months have been rife with debates, campaign speeches and rallies supporting certain candidates, ideologies and policies. Over the past couple of weeks, many Americans have exercised their right to vote into office the state and local leaders of their choice as well as the President of the United States of America.

It Takes A Unified Effort

Jay ThompsonOver the last few months, a great deal of momentum and synergy has been built around schools and communities initiating joint use (or shared use) agreements, which allow for the sharing of property between two entities to increase physical activity and improve nutrition among their residents. Although these efforts are good and collaborations such as these have served as a

Making the Match: Finding Funding for Future Safe Routes to School Projects

Margo PedrosoWith the issuance of the new interim guidance for the new Transportation Alternatives program under MAP-21, we now know for sure that future Safe Routes to School projects no longer have the luxury of being 100 percent funded by federal transportation dollars. Now, project sponsors will need to find a way to put up 20 percent of

Safe Routes to School = Good Health = Good Economy

Tough GuyWe travel just over two miles to school each day with our two boys - by bike, of course, most days. I am proud that my ten-year old son is now riding his six-year old brother to school on a tag-along! Both boys insist on it now. This picture shows the Big Guy showing off his tough guy face on a recent school trip.

Update from the Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program

The Louisiana Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School program (LASRTS) will open the 7th cycle of funding January 2, 2013. Throughout the first six application cycles, LASRTS has funded 65 applicants; providing improvements to 88 schools around the state. Louisiana expects to fund more than $2 million in projects in the 2013 application cycle. Applications are due March 1, 2013.

Update from the South Carolina Safe Routes to School Program

To date, South Carolina Safe Routes to School has awarded 24 projects (totaling a little more than $3.7 million). Some examples of the various types of infrastructure projects are sidewalk improvements, curb and gutter, crosswalks, raised crosswalks, multi-use paths, signage, bicycle storage sheds and bike racks. South Carolina created a Safe Routes to School Resource Center to handle all of the non-infrastructure components.

Registration Now Open for Two Must Attend 2013 Conferences

Brooke DriesseIf you don’t already have these two 2013 conferences on your radar, you will want to make sure to add them now. First off, New Partners for Smart Growth, taking place February 7-9 in Kansas City, Missouri is now open for registration. Known for jazz, barbecue and fountains, Kansas City is a creative community that prides itself on good times and friendly, fun-loving people.

Pointing to the TIP for Infrastructure Changes

Stephanie WeberThe Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a region’s approved list of specific transportation projects mandated by federal law. It serves as a multi-year financial schedule for obligating federal funds to state and local transportation projects. The TIP contains funding information for all modes of transportation including bicycle and pedestrian projects.

State Network Project Retreat 2012

SAOs at retreatNJ and You – Perfect Together! And perfect it was for the National Partnership’s first state network project retreat on October 9th – 12th in Morristown, NJ. In full disclosure, I have some personal bias; I am a life-long NJ resident.

Ohio Walks to School for Walk to School Day!

Kate MoeningInternational Walk to School Day was celebrated on October 3, and all of October is designated as Walk to School Month. Nationally, more than 4,200 schools have registered events on the International Walk and Bike to School (IWALK) website, a 10 percent increase over last year! Ohio is well represented with 69 schools – highlights include:

Reconnecting to the FUN of Walking to School

Jeanie Ward-WallerI spend a lot of my working hours getting into the weeds of transportation project funding and implementation, and working with our state network to sort out the complexities of state policy and bureaucracy.

Federal Guidance Released on Transportation Alternatives

Margo PedrosoToday, the US Department of Transportation released its interim guidance, which provides states with additional information on how to implement the new transportation bill, MAP-21. Overall the guidance should be helpful to states and MPOs as they implement the bill and there is some good news in the guidance.

Complete Streets -The Name Says It All

Christy Smith's new bikeThey say a picture is worth a thousand words and this one is no exception. This is me on my 16th birthday. Yes, I asked for and was given a bicycle for my 16th birthday. I also got a car that year, but if I showed you a picture of it (a late 70’s chevette) you might see why I look so happy to have my new bicycle (and that super 90’s era helmet).

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