Update from the Rhode Island Safe Routes to School Program

Rhode Island has awarded Safe Routes to School projects in two rounds which includes more than $6 million in funding For Round 1, ten Safe Routes to School programs in seven cities and towns involving 30 schools have been awarded. At this time, they are in various stages from “in process of being implemented” to completion. For Round 2, twelve programs in ten cities and towns involving 16 schools have been awarded and all are in the process of being implemented (infrastructure and non-infrastructure).

Free Helmets from NCDOT’s Bicycle Helmet Initiative

Terry LandsellIn 2005, North Carolina began a new era in how it viewed bicycles and pedestrians on its roadways. North Carolina Department of Transportation welcomed Safe Routes to School funding and created a specialty license plate that allowed its residents to show their support for bicycle and roadway safety.

State Network Project Update: 2013 New Year Resolutions

Kris KesselWhat better way to ring in the 2013 New Year than to reflect on what we are thankful for and resolve to improve.

Putting Safety at the Forefront of Transportation Alternatives Implementation

Margo PedrosoSince it has been a full six months since MAP-21 was signed into law, we are now seeing progress and decisions on the implementation of the law.

New Safe Routes to School Regional Resources

Dave CowanMoments ago I finished facilitating a webinar on regional approaches to Safe Routes to School through Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOS). The jargon involved even when clearly presenting on this topic would send even the most hardened Safe Routes to School practitioner running in the other direction. Yet, this is the point.

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Learning from Work in Multiple Jurisdictions


Christine GreenIt is important to assess where we are, where we have been and where we are going. This time of year naturally leads us to those thoughts. At the risk of being cliché, I welcome the opportunity to think about what worked well with the Greater Washington, DC network in 2012 and what we might do differently in 2013.

Happy New Year

Deb HubsmithAs we kick off the new year, our staff leadership and steering committee reviews our progress towards the goals of our strategic plan.

Safe Routes to School in California by the Numbers

Jeanie Ward-WallerI’ve been looking at a lot of data lately, trying to get a strong grasp on California’s record of getting kids walking and bicycling safely to school. I’m an engineer by training so I enjoy any opportunity to crunch some data, and California has particularly interesting numbers to analyze. Some of California’s data is really good compared to the nation as a whole, and some is not so good. Here are a few e

Tracking County Funding in the Bay Area

Marty MartinezRight now my work in the Bay Area region is at a very exciting phase. While earlier in the year our efforts were concentrated on our metropolitan planning organization (MPO)—the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)—our work now needs to focus on the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Update from the Mississippi Safe Routes to School Program

Jay ThompsonThere are a number of exciting Safe Routes to Schools initiatives taking place around the state of Mississippi and the momentum continues. The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program has opened up its fourth funding cycle.

Ohio Highlights: Wrapping Up 2012 and Stepping Up in 2013!

Kate MoeningSafe Routes to School in Ohio has much to be proud of in 2012 – here are a few highlights: $16 million dollars awarded to communities for Safe Routes to School infrastructure and non-infrastructure project;

Learning Leadership at the Regional Level

Christine GreenThe first weekend of December, I joined 18 fellow citizens at the National Capital Transportation Planning Board (TPB) Community Leadership Institute (CLI). The purpose of the CLI is to learn more about how transportation decisions are made in the region and how to become more involved in the decision-making process. This was the 10th CLI since it started in 2006.

A Great Year for Safe Routes in Southern California

Lancaster Walkable DowntonIt has been a productive year for the National Partnership in Southern California. This year, the Southern California team was off and running with a full-blown campaign at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to increase funding for active transportation in the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS).

Hurricane Sandy and Safe Routes to School

Robert PingWe have had a lot to be thankful for recently, excepting the lasting and tragic human impact of hurricane Sandy.

Reflecting on All That We Value

Deb HubsmithThe end of the year is a time of reflection on all that we value. Here at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, we value the simple act of walking or bicycling safely to school, a shop or to work.

What’s Next on MAP-21 at the Federal Level?

Margo PedrosoI’ve written a lot in the past few months about implementation of the federal MAP-21 transportation law at the state level, but there are still many issues and processes remaining at the federal level. So this month, I thought I’d touch on a few of them.

Update from the Georgia Safe Routes to School Program

To date, Georgia Safe Routes to School has awarded 48 projects (totaling approximately $18.5 million). Some examples of the various types of infrastructure projects are installation of sidewalks, multi-use paths, crosswalks, raised crosswalks, multi-use paths, LED crossing signs, ADA ramps, bike lanes and bike racks.

Update from the Florida Safe Routes to School Program

Florida has had great success with Safe Routes to School under SAFETEA-LU, with more than 235 applications ($68.8 million) being funded. The average Safe Routes to School project funded was $292,766. There has been a call for infrastructure applications each fall through spring. Spring 2012 ended the 6th call for projects. These projects will be in the 2017 work program. The average return on these projects was an increase of 22 percent of children walking to and from school. The program works!

Reflections Begin

Stephanie WeberI’ve been immersed in our latest progress reports for the regional network project, and it is so easy to get lost in the minutiae of editing. But when I stop and think back upon our efforts this year, I am proud of the work of everyone involved in our regional efforts. 

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