Safety First!

Christy SmithInternational Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 3, 2012. So far more than 3,000 schools nationwide and more than 180 (and counting-that’s more than twice as many as in 2011!) across the state of Tennessee are participating. If you’ve ever walked to school, or anywhere for that matter with a child you know safety is a top priority. Taking a walk around your neighborhood weather it’s on walk to school day or not ca

Joint Use – Breaking Out All Over

Dave JanisAs we have often discussed, joint use (or shared use) agreements are one of the National Partnership’s three primary policy priorities from our Robert Wood Johnson funding. What is really exciting is how we frequently hear more about how much is going on in our seven network states. Here is a sampling:

Just Walk It Off: Transportation Choices and Personal Health

Kate MoeningIt’s everywhere in the news – American’s overweight and obesity rates in this generation have soared.

So Many Resources, So Little Time: Announcing a New Library of Resources

Robert PingCo-authored with Kathy Cooke, network coordinator - One of the most common interests shared by staff at the National Partnership is a love of books. Reading books, belonging to book clubs, haunting book stores when we're not working -- you name it.

Health and Transportation - A Tipping Point in California

Jeanie Ward-WallerAdvocates for Safe Routes to School and active transportation have long recognized the health impacts of our transportation system. The transportation decisions we make – or worse, the opportunities many people lack because of barriers in the built environment – can have beneficial or detrimental effects on our health. During an inspiring week at the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference in Long Beach, h

Is Bicycling Social Media?

Dave JanisSeeing all the bicyclists and their interactions at Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place, in my home town of Seattle, and many other places I travel makes me wonder. Is bicycling a non-electronic version of social media? 

ProWalkProBike: ProNewJersey

Laura TorchioNew Jersey’s Zealous Nuts: The 2012 ProWalkProBike: Pro Place conference brought together hundreds of “zealous nuts” who are dedicated to people walking and bicycling more often.  Fred Kent, founder of Project for Public Spaces, opened the conference by declaring,

Safe Routes to School - A Reality in Raleigh

Terry LansdellThe City of Raleigh shines bright and leads the way to making International Walk to School Day a success for North Carolina. 

The commitment to Safe Routes to School can be seen all across North Carolina and the City of Raleigh is making great strides to develop sustainable change for International Walk to School Day.

Caring and Sharing for the Cause

Jay ThompsonThe Safe Routes to School Mississippi network prides itself on the ability to connect with those organizations within the state that are passionate about ridding the state of the childhood obesity epidemic.

A Tale of Two Counties

Carol PulleyThe Safe Routes to School National Partnership's state network project is working to get more Complete Streets policies and improve current ones. As we do this, we learned about several jurisdictions in Florida that have taken their own initiative and are doing just that. We will continue to work hard to make sure this trend continues in our network states!

Bikes and Feet on Every Street in NJ!

They’re Back! To School, That Is. New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center makes it easy for communities to get active, get healthy, and get back to school. With SRTS Regional Coordinators from eight Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) throughout New Jersey ready to help, kicking off Safe Routes to School programs in your town is within reach.

Branching Out: How an Elementary Safe Routes to School Program Is Growing A Middle School Program

Kate MoeningSchool is in session, and getting students to and from home in a safe, timely manner is essential to a healthy learning environment. Students grow, learn and eventually graduate from one school to another. In Gahanna, Ohio the students are growing and maturing, as is the Safe Routes to School program.

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Acting on Action Plans

Dave JanisThe state network project’s advocacy organizers have been hard at work with one of the project’s most critical tasks – preparing action plans. Each of the seven network states has prepared its own action plan that is being presented to their respective networks for comment and adoption.

BACK TO SCHOOL!

Christy Smith“I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."

- Jesse Owens

Going Back to School in California - Getting to Know Partners Around the State

Jeanie Ward-WallerIt’s back to school time! Time for new experiences, teachers, friends, classrooms, subjects and maybe even shiny new Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects. In my second month as the California advocacy organizer, I am undertaking my own version of a back-to-school adventure learning about exciting programs and policies. And I get to meet our amazing network of partners across the state!

Hey Kids and Parents, Here Is An Opportunity to Teach Us About Heading Back to School!

Terry LansdellIt is back to school time in North Carolina and time for an IF/THEN deductive reasoning lesson that will make a difference for all moms, dads and kids heading back to school. Here are three important IF’s and THEN’s for your school and S

Florida A Step Ahead With New Safe Routes To School Coordinator

Carol PulleyThe Florida Safe Routes to School program is lucky to have Sarita Taylor. While she may be new to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Safety Office in Tallahassee, she is not new to Safe Routes to School. She brings an impressive history from FDOT District 1.

The Value of Prevention

Jay ThompsonLike many organizations, we at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership like to have data to back up our opinions.

The State Network Project - My How You Have Grown

Dave JanisI have written before about how well the state network project is doing. Looking at the first seven months, I am happy to report there has been a real growth spurt as the number of participants increases, as do the contact lists. And the organizers’ skills are getting noticed as are the networks activities. Here are some snapshots:

IT'S ALIVE!: Ohio's Safe Routes to School is ALIVE, ACTIVE and AWESOME!

Kate MoeningSince the passage of the new federal Transportation bill (MAP-21) on July 6, I have heard “Oh, isn’t Safe Routes to School dead?” 

The answer is a resounding NO!  

IT’S ALIVE!

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