Walk. Bike. Do Better.

 Walk. Bike. Do Better.

walk to school

As we all head back to school, it is exciting to see more and more children and their families walking and bicycling to school each morning.

Now it is time to celebrate during International Walk to School Month and on Walk and Bike to School Day, October 9! Integrating exercise into everyday life creates a lifelong commitment to physical activity, plus active kids are healthier and do better in school. October is a great month to join one of the thousands of walking school buses or bike trains. You can take your first steps by becoming a champion for active schools and Safe Routes to School programs in your community.

Here are a few great ideas:

  • Create or join a walking school bus or bike train. Before you know it your walk or ride will become your favorite morning meeting and these few moments will bring a new joy to your day.
  • Get really fired up by adding a healthy fundraiser that is centered around physical activity - a walk-a-thon, a fun run or month-long physical activity challenge can really get hearts pumping to raise funds to improve your school's wellness efforts and help us have another record-breaking year.
  • Share this  Active Kids Do Better infographic with your principal or school board as you help this generation get moving so they can reach their greatest potential. 

  • Get inspired by watching the new Walk. Bike. Do Better PSA for healthy, active kids! 

Our thanks:

  • In addition, this fall we helped to make your Walk to School Day efforts healthy, fun and nutritious, in partnership with Clif Kid, with more than 1,000 schools around the country enjoying special Walk and Bike School Day kits. Thank you Clif Kid and special thanks to our supporting organizations: President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Let's Move Active Schools, National PTA and Kaiser Permanente.
  • You can learn more about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and our work to advance policy changes that help increase access to parks, playgrounds, walking paths, bike lanes and other opportunities to be physically active here.

Please direct any media inquiries to Margaux Mennesson, Communication Manager at margaux@saferoutespartnership.org.  

Walk. Bike. Do Better.

Walk. Bike. Do Better.

 walk to school

As we all head back to school, it is exciting to see more and more children and their families walking and bicycling to school each morning.

Attend the National Partnership's Free Annual Meeting in Sacramento on August 12

Attend the National Partnership’s Free 2013 Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA

Come to Sacramento one day early this summer to attend Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s Annual Meeting on Monday, August 12th 1pm-6pm, held in conjunction with the Safe Routes to School National Conference, August 13-15 in Sacramento, CA.

Enhance your conference experience by attending our free Annual Meeting, which will feature:

  • Roundtable discussions with colleagues surrounding Safe Routes to School issues.
  • Federal update with the latest on MAP-21 implementation.
  • Town hall discussion on funding and policy.
  • This year we’re also including geographic area breakout groups, which will give you the opportunity to strategize and find solutions for Safe Routes to School funding and implementation specific to your area.
  • Finally, there will be ample time to network with fellow Safe Routes to School practitioners and supporters at our Safe Routes Social from 5pm-6pm.

Plus, you’ll have more time to explore the capital of California. Getting to Sacramento early will allow you to take advantage of walking and bicycling tours of the city that will be offered the morning of August 13th before the conference officially begins at 10:30 am.

Register for the Annual Meeting at the same time you register for
the Safe Routes to School National conference

We hope to see you at these excellent free events, and at the conference! If you are interested in attending only the National Partnership’s Annual meeting and cannot make the conference, email Molly Simon to be added to the list.

Join Us for A Free Webinar on MAP-21 This Month

Join us for two free webinars on MAP-21 this month

One on the basics of the new transportation law and one specific to Safe Routes to School

This summer, we have produced a flurry of updates, e-mail announcements and blog posts about the impact of the new transportation bill, MAP-21, on Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking. We know that amount of information can be daunting as you try to figure out what’s next for your community and your state.

The League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Bicycling and Walking and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership are partnering to offer a series of webinars on the implications of MAP-21 for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking.

Registration is now open for the first two webinars – see below for the details on each. This is your chance to hear from the national organizations who worked on MAP-21 about the details of the legislation and how you can get involved in efforts in your state to maximize funding for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking. Plus, there will be time on each webinar for you to ask questions.

Webinar 1:  The ABCs of MAP-21

Monday, August 13, 2012 from 2:00pm-3:30pm EDT

The first of the Navigating MAP 21 webinar series, this session will explain the basics of the new law, what it means for bicyclists and how we can harness the opportunities to fund bicycling and walking projects and programs. Join Caron Whitaker, campaign manager for America Bikes; Randy Neufeld, director of SRAM Cycling Fund; and Darren Flusche, policy director for the League of American Bicyclists and Advocacy Advance.
This webinar has already taken place; you can view a recording.

Webinar 2: Navigating MAP-21: The Safe Routes to School Edition

Monday, August 27, 2012 from 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT

This webinar builds on the “Navigating MAP-21” series being held by the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Bicycling and Walking. This webinar focuses specifically on the impact of the new transportation law, MAP-21, on Safe Routes to School, and what you can do to ensure that Safe Routes to School survives and thrives in your community and state. Join Margo Pedroso, deputy director, and Robert Ping, technical assistance director, from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership for this informative session.
Register now for the Safe Routes to School Edition of Navigating MAP-21!

There will be additional webinars in this series, so stay tuned for future announcements.

*Long distance charges apply accordingly if you choose to call in to the webinar.

**Recordings of the webinar will be available after the original broadcasts.