USDOT Sidesteps Safety as Congress Focuses in on Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure

Matthew ColvinThere were two significant developments this month in Washington D.C for Safe Routes to School.  First, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released its proposed rule addressing safety on our roads.

Equity through Street Scale Technical Assistance Empowers All Communities

keith benjaminTwo weeks ago, I sat listening intently with 700 other advocates at the National Bike Summit as we were addressed by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Take Two Minutes to Stand Up for the Safety of Our Children

Margo PedrosoAll of us are working hard to make our neighborhoods safer for kids and families to walk to and from school. But now, we need your help to ensure that the health and safety of our loved ones does not take a back seat to automobile passengers, simply because they chose active transportation over driving.

Freedom in the Form of a Bicycle

maggie cooperFreedom. It means different things to different people. As a child, freedom to me meant a whole Saturday to ride my bike, named Winning Colors in honor of the female horse that won the1988 Kentucky Derby, across ditches, dirt roads, woods, marshes, and the occasional paved street.

Celebrating Women in Active Transportation in Mississippi and Nationwide

Jay ThompsonDuring the month of February, America paused to celebrate the historical achievements of African-American pioneers all over the nation.  In March, the celebration continues, but with a different theme.

Rural School District Finds Success in Creating a Safe Routes to School District Policy

Last fall, in the rural community of Winton, California, there was lot of excitement building around walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School. Winton is a small town with two schools less than two miles apart from each other, and parents and community members had been frustrated about the congestion that was created when schools released students at the end of the day. Parents wanted to be able to walk or bicycle to school with their children, but couldn’t because of a lack of sidewalks and infrastructure. The district needed a solution.

MAP-21 Reauthorization Kicks into High Gear…Maybe

Matthew ColvinThe deadline to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from becoming insolvent is rapidly approaching, leaving Congress and the Administration with just months to identify a solution.  But will they be up to the task?  The stakes for Congress couldn’t be higher, with a failure to act putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk and bringing thousands of construction projects, including Safe Routes to School projects, a

Regional Active Transportation Planning – a Portland Metro Case Study

kariThe Portland, Oregon region, in many regards, is ahead of the curve when it comes to active transportation. The “Bike Bill” (ORS 366.514), passed more than 40 years ago by the Oregon Legislature in 1971, requires the inclusion of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists wherever a road, street or highway is built or rebuilt.

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