Who Says Rules Are Made To Be Broken?

kelechiWhoever says rules are made to be broken is not aware of this interesting fact: Safe Routes to School-related laws have been effective in reducing injuries and increasing walking and bicycling to school.

Did Someone Say 2013 Safe Routes to School National Conference?

Brooke DriessePlease note that the Request to Host for the 2013 Safe Routes to School National Conference was not released on April 16 as stated below. Stay tuned as we will send it out as soon as possible!

Update from the California Safe Routes to School Program

On October 17, 2011, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) awarded $66 million to local and regional agencies for a total of 139 federally-funded Safe Routes to School projects.

Update from the Arkansas Safe Routes to School Program

In the most recent application call, Arkansas received 36 applications requesting approximately $7 million dollars in projects. Because of the limited funds only 20 applications were selected with a budget of $1.5 million. As usual, the request for funding far outweighs what is available to applicants.

National Public Health Week: Join the Movement!

Deb HubsmithApril 2-8 is National Public Health Week, a time to reflect on what we can be doing personally each day, and in our homes, communities, schools, states and across the nation to support public health and prevention.

Push for Transportation Bill Stalls in House; Current Law Extended

March has been quite a month for Congressional action on the transportation bill. Unfortunately, it is looking like the momentum will have a tough time carrying over into April.

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State Network Project 3.0

Dave JanisAs someone who has been involved with Safe Routes to School for over nine years, it has been very satisfying – let alone exciting – to see the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s state network project not only thrive, but continue to get generously funded. And being personally involved has only made it that much sweeter. Prior to joining the staff in May 2011, I served on the National Partnership’s Steering Committ

Introducing the Bay Area Regional Policy Blog

Marty MartinezI am so happy to be in my new position - working to strengthen policies and funding streams to help everyone enjoy a healthier and happier life in the beautiful environment of the San Francisco Bay Area.   

Introducing the Greater Washington Regional Policy Blog

Christine GreenTwo very diverse states and a federal district. The Greater Washington region of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia is certainly an interesting place to live for many reasons. But it is an even more interesting place to work, especially when working in the policy realm.

What Would MAP-21 Mean for MPOs?

Stephanie WeberOn Wednesday, March 14, the full Senate passed MAP-21, a two-year transportation reauthorization bill (more details).

Growing Season

Beth RichardsWe started growing seeds for our garden over the weekend and as I sat down to write my blog this week I was struck by how working to grow awareness and engagement for Safe Routes to School is similar to the growth of our seedlings. Small seedlings

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. 

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