When there is an opportunity, jump in!

Christine GreenThe Greater Washington DC region was recently ranked in a report as #1 for congestion. I took that to mean we need to diversify -- get people out of cars on their feet, on their bikes or on transit.

Director's Outlook: Every Body Walk!

Deb HubsmithDid you make a new years resolution in 2013 to be more physically active?  How about to lose weight?  Spend more time with your kids? Or do you want to get more involved with your community? 

If any one of these represent your goals, I’ve got one word for you – WALK.

The Role of Faith-Based Communities in Improving Health

Jay ThompsonIn the past, community churches have typically served as places of worship.  These institutions have been sustained by providing valuable contributions to communities in the areas of direct economic contributions, social services and community volunteering and education.  This highlights the expanded role of the church from the church with “four walls” to the church “witho

Every Kid Deserves the Benefits of a Safe Routes to School Plan

Carol PulleyEvery child deserves the opportunity to get themselves to and from school. Besides being able to chase frogs or play with their friends, there are many benefits to being able to have that activity in their day. 

2013 Is Off to a Great Start in Tennessee

Christy SmithThe Tennessee Network has some exciting plans for 2013 and some amazing members to help get the job done.  Here’s the short list of what we are working on.

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).

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