Advocates Succeed in Saving Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees in the Bay Area!

Marty MartinezBay Area advocates for active transportation came together to successfully defeat an attempt to weaken bicycle and pedestrian requirements in the region. In May, staff from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), released a proposal that would eliminate a requirement that cities and town maintain a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee (BPAC) to receive certain state funds.

Pushing for Strong Support for Walking and Bicycling in Plan Bay Area

Marty MartinezThe Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) submitted comments on the Draft Plan Bay Area and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), both of which will have massive impacts on active transportation, public transit, housing, and other factors affecting th

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.

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. 

Engaging and Educating State Level Decision-Makers

Dave CowanSafe Routes to School has the amazing capacity to stretch its boundaries across the fields of health, transportation, safety, environment and more. This elasticity is an enormous advantage in terms of marketing the benefits of walking and bicycling to and from school as an effective approach to addressing major issues in all fields.

Success Through Collaboration in Florida

carol pulleyOf 52 documented Complete Streets policies in Florida, more than 20 were passed in 2012-2013. Florida network members were instrumental in the success of many of these policies. Some of these have been highlighted on the Safe Routes to School Florida network webinar and put on the National Partnership website as blogs.

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.

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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Tracking County Funding in the Bay Area

Marty MartinezRight now my work in the Bay Area region is at a very exciting phase. While earlier in the year our efforts were concentrated on our metropolitan planning organization (MPO)—the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)—our work now needs to focus on the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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