Safe Routes Can Increase Bicycling

Robert PingNext week I go to the National Bike Summit with several other staff and 800 of my closest friends to promote federal funding for bicycling (and walking). I find it frustrating that after decades of activism we still are not an accepted form of transportation in America in many places!

Lemonade!

Dave CowanWhen I was about eight years old I decided to start a lemonade stand. My stand, which was rudimentary in design, included the front steps of my house, a pitcher of watered down lemonade and no cups.

Managing Our Systems for an Effective State and National Learning Network

Kathy CookeHi, my name is Kathy Cooke, and I'm network coordinator for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership! Even though I battle daily to get my two sons to put on a jacket or long pants during Portland's rainier months, I've found ways to make sure other "systems" are in place that help them get safely to and from school. We have tools at the ready to fix their bike brakes or pump air in their tires.

It's a No Brainer: Active Kids = Smarter Kids

KelechiTrue or False: Physically active children perform better academically than their less active counterparts. TRUE! But you don’t have to take my word for it.

Introducing the Southern California Regional Policy Blog

Pauline ChowRye Baerg(Note: Pauline Chow and Rye Baerg joined the Safe Routes to School National Partnership in January 2012 as our new regional policy managers in Southern California.)

Homework assignment: Engage local leaders as advocates

Margo PedrosoSince the release of the Senate transportation bill back in November, we have faced the specter of a transportation bill in which state departments of transportation would make the sole decisions about whether to dedicate any funding to Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking.

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The Transportation Transformation

Deb HubsmithRecently, as I returned home after discussions in mid-February regarding national bicycle advocacy unification plans, I was blown away by the number of people – kids, parents, commuters, racers and residents – who were bicycling (and smiling while they traveled) in my hometown of Fairfax, California (San Francisco Bay Area). 

Introducing the News and Events Blog

Brooke DriesseWelcome to the News and Events blog! My name is Brooke Driesse, and I’m the communications manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. I’ve been with the National Partnership for four and half years now. It is hard to believe it has been that long, and that the organization has grown from three staff in 2007 to 22 staff today – what a ride!

Introducing Stephanie Weber, Regional Network Manager

Stephanie WeberLike a number of my colleagues, I have the privilege of writing my first post as I prepare to travel on work-related business. I am pretty excited about my trip this week.  I’m on my way to sunny Southern California for a staff retreat primarily for our new regional policy managers who work full-time on our Regional Network Project—more about them in a paragraph or two. 

Transportation Bill: Fits and Starts; Action Still Needed

Margo PedrosoWith Congress in recess this week, we have a short breather. So I’m taking this opportunity to bring you up to speed on where things stand on the transportation bill. The past three weeks have been action-packed—and there’s more to come next week and beyond.

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Introducing the Regional and State Policy Blogs

Kris KesselIt is an exciting time of new beginnings and opportunity - the beginning of my role as network director, a new blog and a huge expansion of the National Partnership.

Introducing the Partners Blog

Bike HeartPartnerships…

…a good thing to be writing about on Valentine’s Day. I guess you could say I am the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s resident matchmaker. While I can boast of several marriage outcomes from my partnership recommendations over the years, my role here at the National Partnership has yet to involve dating suggestions.

Introducing the National Learning Network Blog

Robert PingAs I write this I am sitting on an Amtrak train from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR after leading a technical assistance presentation and workshop for the local CPPW grantees (Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a CDC-funded policy and program effort).

Introducing the Local Practice & Policy Blog

Dave CowanIn Atlanta, I’m sitting in a conference room with roughly 30 advocates from the public health sector who are here to talk about the work they are doing throughout the country in preventative health. We circle the room introducing ourselves and like many people, I’m temporarily distracted from the other introductions as I consider what it is I want to divulge about myself.

Take Action. Keep the Faith. Build Support.

Deb Hubsmith

People often ask me how I became the director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and where the movement is headed now that the program is under attack by some members of Congress.

About Our New Look

DirectorDebWelcome to the new website of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership! The beginning of a new year seems to be the perfect time for a change to the National Partnership’s website. The new color scheme, graphics and wonderful photos now reflect the vibrancy and energy of the national Safe Routes to School movement.

Introducing the Research Blog

KelechiHi Safe Routes advocates! My name is Kelechi Uzochukwu, and as administrative associate for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, one of my responsibilities is to provide useful and up-to-date studies and publications related to the Safe Routes to School movement.

Introducing the National Policy & Advocacy Blog

Margo PedrosoWelcome to my new blog on federal policy! I am Margo Pedroso, Deputy Director for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.  One of my primary responsibilities is to lobby for the Safe Routes to School program on Capitol Hill.  I work to make sure Senators and Representatives are educated about the important work happening all across the country with the assistance of the federal transportation funds.

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Making Every Day Walk and Bike to School Day

What do the US, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Columbia, Australia, Fiji and Nigeria have in common?

If you answered – Walk to School Month – you’re right! At least 42 countries have registered to participate in international promotions to get more kids moving. The official US Walk to School Day is being promoted for Wednesday, October 5, 2011, but we know that schools are organizing events all month long, and many participating schools use the event to propel a cultural and infrastructure shift for how we get around.

Creating a Positive Future Reflections from the Third Safe Routes To School National Conference

Inspiring. Enthusiastic. Partnerships. Youth Leadership. Social Justice. Creating a Positive Future. Those are a few words I’d use to describe the mood, energy and intention of the 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference in Minneapolis.

As the more than 600 participants entered the Minneapolis Convention Center on August 17, the second day of the conference, the room was buzzing with people talking about workshops and connections they made the day before.

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