Greater Washington Region

The Greater Washington regional network works within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). COG staff supports the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB). The TPB is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Greater Washington region. The Greater Washington region spans eight counties, the District of Columbia and numerous towns and cities.

In the COG region, walking and bicycling comprise nine percent of trips, 30 percent of fatalities and two percent of funding. Within different communities, there are two full-time Safe Routes to School coordinators, two part-time coordinators and one additional school district-wide program run by a non-profit organization.

The Greater Washington regional network focuses on three goals:

  • Create demand for walking and bicycling.
  • Leverage resources for Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling.
  • Increase physical activity through Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling.

Detailed information on the work of the Greater Washington regional network may be found in the Greater Washington Platform.

Case Studies and Fact Sheets

Communities are tackling Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling in various ways throughout the region. Some policies and programs are highlighted below.

Case Studies

Fact Sheets

  • Implementing Complete Streets policies: Complete Streets policies ensure that all users of all abilities are considered when designing, building and maintaining a road. Arlington, VA and Washington, DC have not only successful Complete Streets policies but successful implementation.
  • Policies that advance walking and bicycling: Three communities have taken different approaches to ensuring their safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.