House Rejects Amendment to Limit Safe Routes to Transit

Margo PedrosoLate in the evening of June 9, as part of the House consideration of the transportation appropriations bill, Rep. Emmer (R-MN) offered an amendment that would have banned federal dollars from being used to put in sidewalks, bike racks and lighting as part of new transit projects.  This amendment was a shortsighted attempt to prevent local jurisdictions from creating safe routes to transit.

Director's Outlook: Inform Our Strategic Direction

cass isidroDedication. Passion. Commitment. These are all words that describe our Safe Routes to School champions across the nation, as evidenced not only by the great turnout for Bike to School Day but also by the increases we continue to see in bicycling and walking to school.

Federal Transportation Bill Extended Again: Is It Groundhog’s Day?

Margo PedrosoIf you have been following our federal transportation updates for a while, this update may sound a bit like Groundhog’s Day.  Yet again, Congress has voted to extend the MAP-21 transportation law and yet again, lack of funding is the culprit. MAP-21 is the law that enables funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking projects.

Shared Use, Joint Use, Community Use, Oh My!!!

mikaela randolphAs we are all thinking of getting more physically active this May for National Physical Fitness month, it only makes sense that we look at policies and practices to increase access to opportunities to be more physically active. This brings us to shared use, of course!

Baltimore: The Historical Ramifications of Being Cut-Off

BaltimoreIf you travel up North Mount Street between Laurens Street and Presbury Street you find the Gilmore Homes, now most infamously known as the place where Freddie Gray’s life began to slip away.  I walked up North Mount, not shocked by what I saw, but filled with dismay.  You could not go one street without a burned out home, abandoned property, or empty lot.  Three corner stores represented the only nearby neighborhood

#MoveInMay: Olympian Allyson Felix shouts out bicycling and Fire Up Your Feet

Blog by Allyson Felix, Six-time U.S. Olympic Track & Field Medalist and President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition member

Platforms:,, Fire Up Your Feet, USATF  

Allyson Felix

Momentum Builds for Transportation Alternatives Bill

Margo PedrosoAt the end of May, the current transportation law MAP-21 will expire unless Congress acts.  Leaders in the House and Senate are currently wrestling over their options, with Congress likely to extend the current law until at least July and possibly through the rest of the year. 

Creating Streets Where We All Feel Safe and Respected

By Katharine Bierce, Sara Zimmerman, and Norma Tassy

New Rural Resources

Can rural roads be good places to walk and bicycle?  Why yes, they certainly can!  My daughters got their first bicycles when they were five or six.  They loved the bikes – but they couldn’t ride them.  Because the streets in our small city were a little too busy for crazily uncoordinated families with bicycles and small children, we would drag ourselves, the girls, and the bikes over to the park every couple weeks.  We would run around awkwardly holding the bicycle seats and trying to prevent the girls from crashing to the ground.  While this did succeed in providing the whole family with

Milwaukie & Tigard Lead the Call for Healthy Kids and Safe Streets

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to support the For Every Kid Coalition in the Pacific Northwest region. For Every Kid is a growing coalition calling for Safe Routes to School for every kid in the Metro-area; vocal support from cities and school districts is an outcome of key partners coming together to promote the benefits and work with communities and we have been an active part of the leadership of this effort.

Ask your Senator: Speak Up for Safe Routes to School

At a time when bicycling and walking represents 12 percent of all trips, dozens of cities are added bikesharing and thousands of schools are implementing Safe Routes to School programs, some in Congress want to take away the small amount of funding Congress invests in bicycling and walking.

Two New Bills to Advance Safe Routes to School, Bicycling and Walking

Margo PedrosoCongressional supporters have introduced two new pieces of legislation to advance funding and safety for bicycling and walking.  The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to support both bills.

Transportation Equity in the Face of Police Profiling

Keith Benjamin“Are they going to kill me?” 

That’s the question a young Black boy asked me one afternoon when I accidentally bumped into him and his grandmother on West Florissant Avenue, in Ferguson, after Michael Brown’s death.  He was pointing at two officers watching peaceful protestors.  I said, “No, little man, you’ll be ok,” but as I walked away, I wondered if he would be ok, if our country would be ok.

Champions for Active Transportation: Is Your Mayor on Board?

Christina Galardi  USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx has issued a challenge to mayors and elected officials: take action to support safety for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages.

What’s at Stake This Spring in Congress

Margo PedrosoIf you have been paying attention to how Congress has handled transportation over the past several years, you’d be justified in thinking that this May’s expiration of the MAP-21 transportation law will get pushed back by months and that you don’t need to pay attention to transportation this spring.

Congress Casts About for Transportation Funding Solution

PedrosoAs the new Congress convenes, pressure is on legislators to keep transportation dollars flowing.  The current transportation law, MAP-21, expires in just four months in May 2015.

New Report: North Carolina - Writing the Next Chapter of Its Transportation Legacy

reportThis week, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership published a new report, “North Carolina: Writing the Next Chapter of Its Transportation Legacy."  The report is being released as the newest NC General Assembly convenes in Raleigh, and calls for state legislators and age

50 Years After Selma, Taking a Stand for Health Equity and the Right to Walk Safely

MLK JrThis month saw the release of the highly anticipated film "Selma." Structured around three protest marches in 1965, the film follows Martin Luther King Jr. and many other civil rights leaders as they risked their lives in three attempts to walk the 54-mile highway from Selma to Alabama state capital Montgomery in defiance of segregation and oppression.