Danger Zone: Report Points to Critical Need for Safer Walking in Southern States

carrie turnerSouthern cities and states are among our nation’s most dangerous places for walking. According to Dangerous by Design 2014, published by Smart Growth America, 9 of the top 10 most-dangerous large metro areas are located in Southern states.

School’s Out! How Are We Doing? Physical Activity Report Cards Say Not So Good

Jane WardAs the 2013-14 academic school year ends, report cards are issued across the country. Grades in academic courses, physical education and the arts can lead to celebrations of achievement, or discouragement about not making the grade.

Why should we have report cards?  After all, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it,” wisely observed Lord Kelvin, the 19th century Scottish scientist.

Creating Momentum for Complete Streets in Prince George's County, MD

Christine GreenRecently, staff and elected leaders of nine municipalities from Prince George’s County attended a National Complete Streets Coalition workshop to learn more about the steps needed to write, adopt, and implement an effective Complete Streets policy.

Florida Rallies Around Bike to School Day

May is the last month of the school year for many Southern states, and one where we see great numbers of children actively commuting to and from school.  Maybe there are so many people walking and bicycling because the weather is so nice, or maybe because teachers and parents want an outlet to that pre-summer energy the kids seem to have bundled inside them!  Regardless, walking and bicycling to school are great ways to enjoy the outdoors in our Southern state as well as get some much needed physical activity. 

Senate Draft Transportation Bill Includes Key Improvements for Safe Routes to School

Matthew ColvinToday, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee released their draft bill reauthorizing MAP-21, which would fund our nation’s surface transportation programs for an additional six years.   Before the bill can come to the Senate floor for a vote, however, the Senate Finance Committee must complete the daunting task of shoring up the funding for our soon-to-be bankrupt Highway Trust Fund. 

A Tribute to Congressman Oberstar: Father of Safe Routes to School

It is with a very deep sadness and extremely heavy heart that the Safe Routes to School National Partnership mourns the passing of 79-year-old Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN from 1974-2010). His death was announced this morning through a statement from his family. Congressman Oberstar passed peacefully in his home in Maryland during his sleep; apparently he was not ill.

Innovative Ways to Share Space for Physical Activity

Mikaela RandolphDo you want to build a snowman? (Thanks to my six-year old daughter and Disney’s Frozen, I can’t keep this song out of my head.)  While snow play is a great winter activity, most of the country has had a brutal winter, and I imagine at this point your answer to that question is a resounding “NO.”  It's springtime now, and we’re all looking forward to having a little more fun in the sun.

San Francisco Leading the Way for Safety and a Better Environment

Last week, the same week as Earth Day, San Francisco celebrated their sixth annual Bike and Roll to School Week. It was one of a number of events in the Bay Area in the past few months that are working to improve the environment and safety in the Bay Area. 
 
SF bike
Photo: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
 

Administration Sends Transportation Bill to Congress

Matthew Colvin As we have discussed in previous posts, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Highway Trust Fund will go bankrupt as early as mid-summer, while the current transportation bill, MAP-21, will expire shortly after in September.

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