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

Happy Walk and Bike to School Month!

Brooke DriesseOctober is my favorite time of year. Fall has finally arrived, as well as the state fair in the great state of Texas. One other huge reason I love the month of October is that Wednesday, October 3 is Walk and Bike to School Day.

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:

You Complete Me

Dave CowanThere is a scene, from a once famous movie where this guy busts through the door to expel his undying affection for a woman. She completes him, and he wants to make sure she knows it.

I’m no Tom Cruise, but I want you to know: You complete me.

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.

Striving for Safe Streets for Moms and Children

stephanieDuring the opening plenary session at ProWalk/ProBike in Long Beach, Suja Lowenthal, PhD, a council member from Long Beach, addressed the attendees. She’s a passionate advocate, sharing many ideals so many of us do, but I strongly agreed when she declared that our communities are not bike-friendly until mothers with children feel comfortable taking to the streets. That is such an important litmus test for what so many o

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

Improving Active Transportation Options in the Bay Area

Marty MartinezLike a number of staff at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, I spent much of last week at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference in Long Beach. In addition to getting to see my co-workers in the flesh, I really enjoyed the networking opportunities.

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.

Safe Routes to School Works: The Proof Is in the Pedaling

kelechiEver wondered how effective Safe Routes to School programs are at increasing walking and bicycling to school? A new multi-state study gives a resounding answer to that question.

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.

Our Partners Step Up

Clif KidsAs we all head back to school, it is exciting to see more and more children and families walking and bicycling to school each morning.

Get Pumped: This Movement is Ready to Roll!


Lancaster Next week, the City of Long Beach will host Pro Walk Pro Bike, a multiday conference that will bring together advocates from across the country.

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!

Update from the Virginia Safe Routes to School Program

In March of 2012, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced the selection of 28 schools in 18 localities throughout the Commonwealth to receive infrastructure funding totaling $5.9 million. The projects selected for funding include a variety of treatments to improve walking and bicycling conditions. These include the traditional sidewalk projects as well as a few trails, crosswalks, signage and a school dropoff/pickup area redesigned to more safely accommodate pedestrians.

A MAP-21 Checklist: Concrete Things You Can Do in the Next Month

Margo PedrosoIt seems like an eternity since the new transportation law, MAP-21, was passed by Congress. But, it has been just two months—and we are now one month away from October 1, when the MAP-21 provisions go into effect. Rather than simply waiting for your state department of transportation to announce how they will operate Safe Routes to School, I wanted to give you some concrete action items for the next month.

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