No Summer Lull on Capitol Hill

Margo Pedroso

 While schools are out for summer and many Americans head out on vacation, things on Capitol Hill have been heating up.  I’ve got updates on a range of federal policy topics to share with Safe Routes to School advocates.

Director’s Outlook: How Your Zip Code Influences How Much Physical Activity You Get

Deb HubsmithMajor polls show that Americans want to live in places where it’s safe to walk and bicycle. The demand for walkable, livable communities has prompted many municipalities to make more investments in multi-modal transportation and adopt policies such as Complete Streets that institutionalize planning, design and construction for all types of road users.

A Hard-Fought Win in the San Francisco Bay Area for Bicycling and Walking

Marty MartinezOn Wednesday, June 26, the Bay Area’s metropolitan planning organization (MPO), the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), voted to keep a requirement that cities and towns maintain Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees (BPACs) to receive certain state funds. They also voted to strengthen this requirement, stipulating that BPACs review not only bicycle projects but also pedestrian projects.

Reflections from the Childhood Obesity Conference

Last week three representatives from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) attended the Childhood Obesity Conference in Long Beach, CA.

Advocates Succeed in Saving Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees in the Bay Area!

Marty MartinezBay Area advocates for active transportation came together to successfully defeat an attempt to weaken bicycle and pedestrian requirements in the region. In May, staff from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), released a proposal that would eliminate a requirement that cities and town maintain a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee (BPAC) to receive certain state funds.

WATCH OUT! Adding Adrenaline to Pedestrian Safety Campaigns

Catherine Baker“Wear lights, especially at night,” “no texting while walking,” “make them see you.” It seems to be that time of year in the Greater Washington, D.C. metro region where every jurisdiction is finishing up or rebranding their Pedestrian Safety Campaigns.

Assessing USDOT's Final Guidance on Transportation Alternatives

Margo PedrosoJust shy of one year since the passage of the new transportation law, MAP-21, the US Department of Transportation has issued the final guidance and a new Q&A on the Transpo

Creating a Framework for GIS Mapping in Safe Routes to School

Maggie CooperAs Safe Routes to School programs have increased across the country, a clear need for better data management at the national level has become apparent. Many communities have used Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping in assessments of the built environment, but because there is not a central place to store data, this information is stuck, in a sense, at the local level.

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Pushing for Strong Support for Walking and Bicycling in Plan Bay Area

Marty MartinezThe Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) submitted comments on the Draft Plan Bay Area and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), both of which will have massive impacts on active transportation, public transit, housing, and other factors affecting th

The New American Dream: Walking and Bicycling into the 21st Century

Deb HubsmithA new study from U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group shows that after decades of steady growth, U.S. driving rates have slowed, and even stalled – and that in the long term, Americans are unlikely to return to driving as much as they did before.

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