The federal Safe Routes to School legislation required the Secretary of Transportation to establish and convene a National Safe Routes to School Task Force to study SRTS and develop strategies for advancing Safe Routes to School programs across the country. The Task Force was required to include leaders in health, transportation, and education, as well as representatives from appropriate Federal agencies.
Deb Hubsmith represented the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on the Task Force. Robert Ping, who at the time worked for the Oregon Bicycle Transportation Alliance, also served on the Task Force. A number of other individuals representing organizations that are partners of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership also were members of the Task Force.
The Task Force met seven times between January 2007 and May 2008, and issued a final report in July 2008. Entitled Safe Routes to School: A Transportation Legacy – A National Strategy to Increase Safety and Physical Activity among American Youth, the report provides specific recommendations to the US Department of Transportation and to Congress regarding current and future implementation of the Safe Routes to School program. After the issuance of the report, the work of the Task Force was concluded and meetings were discontinued.