Help Shape the USDOT Strategic Plan

Margo PedrosoLast week, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) released their draft strategic plan for FY2014-2018. This plan will drive the USDOT’s internal workplan, so it’s important to make sure Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking is well-represented.

Congratulations to Memphis, TN For Passing the Nation's 500th Complete Streets Policy

Christy SmithThis August, Memphis, Tennessee was honored by the National Complete Streets Coalition for adopting the Nation's 500th Complete Streets Policy. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership's Tennessee Network sent a letter to Mayor Wharton of Memphis, congratulating him on the honor and for leading the efforts for Complete Streets in Memphis.

Fending Off Potential Congressional Threats to Safe Routes Funding

Margo PedrosoThis week, both the House and Senate are considering their transportation appropriations (or funding) bills. Because most transportation funding is locked in through MAP-21, we don’t have to fight for funding every year like most programs. (See more on timing updates below)

Increasing Access to Play

Maggie CooperIn honor of July being Parks and Recreation month, I decided to focus on how we, as Safe Routes to School advocates, can ensure that all children have the ability to be active outside all year round. Just like walking and bicycling to school, access to parks and recreation can directly impact the overall quality of life for children.

Assessing State Progress on Transportation Alternatives

Margo PedrosoIt’s hard to believe that it has been more than a year since Congress passed the transportation bill, MAP-21, which consolidated Safe Routes to School into the Transportation Alternatives program (TAP).

No Summer Lull on Capitol Hill

Margo Pedroso

 While schools are out for summer and many Americans head out on vacation, things on Capitol Hill have been heating up.  I’ve got updates on a range of federal policy topics to share with Safe Routes to School advocates.

Assessing USDOT's Final Guidance on Transportation Alternatives

Margo PedrosoJust shy of one year since the passage of the new transportation law, MAP-21, the US Department of Transportation has issued the final guidance and a new Q&A on the Transpo

Sizing up the Next US Secretary of Transportation

Margo PedrosoLess than a month ago, President Obama announced that his choice for the next US Secretary of Transportation was Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, NC.  Based on his work in Charlotte and his remarks about transportation, we are hopeful about his potential to carry forward Secretary LaHood’s leadership on bicycling, walking and Safe Routes to School.

Re-Thinking How We Message Safe Routes to School on the Hill

Margo PedrosoAt the National Bike Summit this year, Douglas Meyer from Bernuth & Williamson presented some fascinating results about what Congressional allies and opponents think about bicycling. The League of American Bicyclists hired Meyer to conduct in-depth interviews with a wide range of individuals on the Hill—and while the questions were about bicycling, they are instructive for Safe Routes to School.

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