House Rejects Amendment to Limit Safe Routes to Transit

Margo PedrosoLate in the evening of June 9, as part of the House consideration of the transportation appropriations bill, Rep. Emmer (R-MN) offered an amendment that would have banned federal dollars from being used to put in sidewalks, bike racks and lighting as part of new transit projects.  This amendment was a shortsighted attempt to prevent local jurisdictions from creating safe routes to transit.

Director's Outlook: Inform Our Strategic Direction

cass isidroDedication. Passion. Commitment. These are all words that describe our Safe Routes to School champions across the nation, as evidenced not only by the great turnout for Bike to School Day but also by the increases we continue to see in bicycling and walking to school.

Federal Transportation Bill Extended Again: Is It Groundhog’s Day?

Margo PedrosoIf you have been following our federal transportation updates for a while, this update may sound a bit like Groundhog’s Day.  Yet again, Congress has voted to extend the MAP-21 transportation law and yet again, lack of funding is the culprit. MAP-21 is the law that enables funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking projects.

Shared Use, Joint Use, Community Use, Oh My!!!

mikaela randolphAs we are all thinking of getting more physically active this May for National Physical Fitness month, it only makes sense that we look at policies and practices to increase access to opportunities to be more physically active. This brings us to shared use, of course!

Baltimore: The Historical Ramifications of Being Cut-Off

BaltimoreIf you travel up North Mount Street between Laurens Street and Presbury Street you find the Gilmore Homes, now most infamously known as the place where Freddie Gray’s life began to slip away.  I walked up North Mount, not shocked by what I saw, but filled with dismay.  You could not go one street without a burned out home, abandoned property, or empty lot.  Three corner stores represented the only nearby neighborhood

#MoveInMay: Olympian Allyson Felix shouts out bicycling and Fire Up Your Feet

Blog by Allyson Felix, Six-time U.S. Olympic Track & Field Medalist and President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition member

Platforms: Fitness.gov, www.letsmoveschools.org, Fire Up Your Feet, USATF  

Allyson Felix

Momentum Builds for Transportation Alternatives Bill

Margo PedrosoAt the end of May, the current transportation law MAP-21 will expire unless Congress acts.  Leaders in the House and Senate are currently wrestling over their options, with Congress likely to extend the current law until at least July and possibly through the rest of the year. 

Creating Streets Where We All Feel Safe and Respected

By Katharine Bierce, Sara Zimmerman, and Norma Tassy

New Rural Resources

Can rural roads be good places to walk and bicycle?  Why yes, they certainly can!  My daughters got their first bicycles when they were five or six.  They loved the bikes – but they couldn’t ride them.  Because the streets in our small city were a little too busy for crazily uncoordinated families with bicycles and small children, we would drag ourselves, the girls, and the bikes over to the park every couple weeks.  We would run around awkwardly holding the bicycle seats and trying to prevent the girls from crashing to the ground.  While this did succeed in providing the whole family with

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