Celebrating Women in Active Transportation in Mississippi and Nationwide

Jay ThompsonDuring the month of February, America paused to celebrate the historical achievements of African-American pioneers all over the nation.  In March, the celebration continues, but with a different theme.

Rural School District Finds Success in Creating a Safe Routes to School District Policy

Last fall, in the rural community of Winton, California, there was lot of excitement building around walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School. Winton is a small town with two schools less than two miles apart from each other, and parents and community members had been frustrated about the congestion that was created when schools released students at the end of the day. Parents wanted to be able to walk or bicycle to school with their children, but couldn’t because of a lack of sidewalks and infrastructure. The district needed a solution.

MAP-21 Reauthorization Kicks into High Gear…Maybe

Matthew ColvinThe deadline to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from becoming insolvent is rapidly approaching, leaving Congress and the Administration with just months to identify a solution.  But will they be up to the task?  The stakes for Congress couldn’t be higher, with a failure to act putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk and bringing thousands of construction projects, including Safe Routes to School projects, a

Regional Active Transportation Planning – a Portland Metro Case Study

kariThe Portland, Oregon region, in many regards, is ahead of the curve when it comes to active transportation. The “Bike Bill” (ORS 366.514), passed more than 40 years ago by the Oregon Legislature in 1971, requires the inclusion of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists wherever a road, street or highway is built or rebuilt.

Shared Use and the Changing Role of Hospitals: Spotlight on Ohio

mikaelaPeople don’t know I wear an “S” on my chest, because that’s how effective I believe shared use practices can be. Yep I said it “I’m a Shared Use –Super Hero." And like any super hero,  we work with other caped crusaders. That’s why the spotlight this month is on Ohio’s efforts in the shared use world.

Moving the National Partnership Forward

RisaWhen I see children walking to or from school, I notice their interactions. They talk, laugh, and maybe drop their bags to engage in a spontaneous race. They move in pairs or small pods. There’s a special kind of connection as they transition to school or home. It’s an image which brings me hope.

Bicycle Safety Education: Beyond the Bike Rodeo?

Bicycle Pedestrian Over the past decades bicycle safety education has developed into its own field, ultimately being implemented in a variety of ways, depending primarily on the amount of time and resources available to convey important concepts. These choices are not easy and inevitably we, as educators, must make informed compromises.

"See A Need, Fill A Need" - Safe Routes to School Planning in Urban Communities

Kate MoeningWalking to school is not a new concept - up until the 1970s, most schools were located in residential neighborhoods, and communities were built with pedestrian traffic in mind. Unlike many suburban and rural areas, this still holds true in urban communities, where sidewalks are present and homes are clustered around schools.

Speak Up for Safe Streets for All

Margo PedrosoAround the country, more than 600 communities and states have adopted local Complete Streets policies—helping ensure that transportation plans and projects address the needs of all users.

Ask Your Representative to Support Bike/Ped Financing Bill

Margo PedrosoOne of the biggest challenges to making communities more walkable and bikeable is that there’s often only enough funding to build one stretch of pathways or sidewalks at a time—meaning that there aren’t complete networks from homes to schools, workplaces or other destinations.

Active Kids Are Doing Better at This Rhode Island School

This South Providence Elementary School Had a Chronic Absenteeism Problem. Then They Started a Walking School Bus. 

At first, the maps didn’t make sense. Why would the kids who lived closest to school – all within one mile – have the most problems with chronic absenteeism? 

A Countywide Complete Streets Policy for the Los Angeles Region

LA ATC

Co-Authors:

Eric Bruins, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Jessica Meaney, Southern California Policy Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership 

Federal Transportation Policy Off to a Fast Start in 2014

Margo PedrosoWhile we are only three weeks into 2014, there have already been several signs that transportation will be on the front burner this year with Congress and the federal government.

Why Are New Year’s Resolutions So Hard to Keep?!

Jane Ward

 Did you know that about 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year?  As you can guess, favorite resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, and saving more money.  Do you also know that ultimately only about 8 percent of resolutions are sustained?

New Transportation Bill Ahead in 2014

Margo PedrosoWhile it seems that the MAP-21 transportation law passed fairly recently, Congress only passed a two-year bill and MAP-21 expires in September 2014. Congress is starting to hold hearings on the transportation law and to consider how to fund the next bill.

Youth-Proposed Pedestrian Safety Policy Adopted in Maryland

christine greenThe Port Towns Youth Council (PTYC) Wellness Ambassadors are at it again! On December 9, 2013 the Town Council of Bladensburg adopted the PTYC’s Pedestrian Safety Policy.

How a School in Virginia Got Full Participation in a Walking School Bus

Based on an interview with principal Anne Lintner and home-school liaison Sonny Rodriguez of Keister Elementary School in Harrisonburg, VA.

The Role of Fun in Making Exercise a Sustainable Habit

Jane WardIn an April 2013 interview, then-US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin talked about the importance of enjoying exercise: “It's all about having healthy fun. We need to find things to make it fun, like walking. We can walk to sweat, or we can do something called a "soul stroll," or you can do walking meetings.

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