Push for Transportation Bill Stalls in House; Current Law Extended

March has been quite a month for Congressional action on the transportation bill. Unfortunately, it is looking like the momentum will have a tough time carrying over into April.

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State Network Project 3.0

Dave JanisAs someone who has been involved with Safe Routes to School for over nine years, it has been very satisfying – let alone exciting – to see the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s state network project not only thrive, but continue to get generously funded. And being personally involved has only made it that much sweeter. Prior to joining the staff in May 2011, I served on the National Partnership’s Steering Committ

Introducing the Bay Area Regional Policy Blog

Marty MartinezI am so happy to be in my new position - working to strengthen policies and funding streams to help everyone enjoy a healthier and happier life in the beautiful environment of the San Francisco Bay Area.   

What Would MAP-21 Mean for MPOs?

Stephanie WeberOn Wednesday, March 14, the full Senate passed MAP-21, a two-year transportation reauthorization bill (more details).

Safe Routes Can Increase Bicycling

Robert PingNext week I go to the National Bike Summit with several other staff and 800 of my closest friends to promote federal funding for bicycling (and walking). I find it frustrating that after decades of activism we still are not an accepted form of transportation in America in many places!

Lemonade!

Dave CowanWhen I was about eight years old I decided to start a lemonade stand. My stand, which was rudimentary in design, included the front steps of my house, a pitcher of watered down lemonade and no cups.

Managing Our Systems for an Effective State and National Learning Network

Kathy CookeHi, my name is Kathy Cooke, and I'm network coordinator for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership! Even though I battle daily to get my two sons to put on a jacket or long pants during Portland's rainier months, I've found ways to make sure other "systems" are in place that help them get safely to and from school. We have tools at the ready to fix their bike brakes or pump air in their tires.

It's a No Brainer: Active Kids = Smarter Kids

KelechiTrue or False: Physically active children perform better academically than their less active counterparts. TRUE! But you don’t have to take my word for it.

Homework assignment: Engage local leaders as advocates

Margo PedrosoSince the release of the Senate transportation bill back in November, we have faced the specter of a transportation bill in which state departments of transportation would make the sole decisions about whether to dedicate any funding to Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking.

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The Transportation Transformation

Deb HubsmithRecently, as I returned home after discussions in mid-February regarding national bicycle advocacy unification plans, I was blown away by the number of people – kids, parents, commuters, racers and residents – who were bicycling (and smiling while they traveled) in my hometown of Fairfax, California (San Francisco Bay Area). 

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