New Report: How States are Adapting to Transportation Alternatives Program

National Partnership Releases New Report on How States are Adapting to Transportation Alternatives Program

Since 2005, federal transportation funds have been available for Safe Routes to School projects across the nation, helping to ensure children can walk and bicycle safely to and from school. In 2012, Congress consolidated the federal Safe Routes to School program into the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and made a number of changes to how those funds are awarded to states. A new report by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership examines how different states have adapted to those changes and how they are impacting the availability of Safe Routes to School funds. For the report, the National Partnership conducted interviews with 10 state department of transportation Safe Routes to School coordinators to gather information about their TAP implementation decisions are affecting Safe Routes to School funding.

While changes under the new law are still being implemented by state departments of transportation, this analysis examines trends in reduced funding for Safe Routes to School, the impact of federal matching requirements on low income communities, and best practices for states to sustain Safe Routes to School programs under the Transportation Alternatives Program.

New Informational Brief on Funding Match Requirements

Contact:

Margo Pedroso
Deputy Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
margo@saferoutespartnship.org
301-292-1043

Lauren Marchetti
Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School
Marchetti@claire.hsrc.un.cedu
919-962-7412

In 2012, the Map-21 transportation legislation made changes to the Federal Safe Routes to School program that added a required state or local match of up to 20 percent of project costs. These changes introduced new challenges in funding Safe Routes to School projects, and could be particularly hard for many small, rural, and urban low-income communities.

Through interviews conducted with 7 Safe Routes to School coordinators and in-depth profiles from California, Florida, New Jersey, and Ohio, this informational brief examines the changes in law, the need for Safe Routes to School projects in disadvantaged communities, and how some states are using creative approaches to supply the match. 

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a nonprofit organization that improves the quality of life for kids and communities by promoting active, healthy lifestyles and safe infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking. We advance policy change; catalyze support for safe, active and healthy communities with a network of more than 700 partner organizations; and share our deep expertise at national, state and local levels with those who are helping to propel our mission forward. Founded in 2005, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The Center strives to equip Safe Routes to School programs with the knowledge and technical information to implement safe and successful strategies. The National Center for Safe Routes to School is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

National Partnership Founder Deb Hubsmith Steps Down as Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    

CONTACT:

Margo Pedroso, Deputy Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
301-292-1043
margo@saferoutespartnership.org

National Partnership Founder Deb Hubsmith Steps Down as Director
Applauding her leadership and recovery as she remains involved as advisor and board member 

Deb HubsmithOakland, CA (September 8, 2014) – The Safe Routes to School National Partnership today announced a change in its organizational leadership. Founder Deb Hubsmith, who guided the National Partnership from inception nearly 10 years ago, will not be returning as executive director.

Hubsmith has been on medical leave since last fall to heal from acute myeloid leukemia; after months of treatments her recent biopsy showed no trace of leukemia. She is home recovering and, to focus on her health, has decided to decrease her future work hours to part-time. Hubsmith will continue to support the National Partnership as a board member and begin a new role as a strategic advisor in 2015.

“I still have the same passion for advancing Safe Routes to School,” Hubsmith said. “But to keep healing from the bone marrow transplant I received in March 2014, my doctors advised me to limit my work hours and reduce travel. To honor and support both my own recovery and the future of the organization that I founded and love, I am stepping down as director. I am very happy that I received this second chance at life, and I look forward to continuing to be of service to children, communities and the environment as a board member and a consultant to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.” 

Since 2005, the National Partnership has been improving the quality of life for kids and communities by promoting active, healthy lifestyles and safe infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking. The National Partnership advances policy change; catalyzes support for safe, active, and healthy communities with a network of more than 700 partner organizations; and shares its expertise at national, state, and local levels with those who are helping propel this mission and vision forward.

Hubsmith has championed active transportation for two decades at local, regional, state and national levels. She started as a grassroots advocate and co-led the development of Marin County, California’s award-winning Safe Routes pilot program, and participated in the development of the nation’s first statewide Safe Routes to School program in California. She led the advocacy effort to pass the first Safe Routes to School legislation by the U.S. Congress, resulting in $1.1 billion for Safe Routes to School in all 50 states. In addition, she responded to the growing demand for creating walkable and bikeable environments for children by founding the National Partnership in 2005 and nurtured the organization from an all-volunteer organization to a powerful coalition including more than 700 partners, a $3 million annual budget and nearly 30 staff dispersed throughout the country.

During her tenure as the National Partnership’s director, Hubsmith testified before congressional committees about the benefits of Safe Routes to School, served as an inspiring keynote speaker at numerous events and co-led the California advocacy campaign and coalition that secured the new $130 million per year Active Transportation Program. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognized Deb's passionate leadership and the exemplary work of the National Partnership with a Pioneering Innovation Award as a game changer in advancing policies and strategies to prevent and control obesity. 

“Deb is an invaluable champion for the work. We are pleased that she is taking care of her health and are grateful for her visionary leadership in growing the National Partnership from an idea to a collaborative organization that serves as an effective change agent for this country,” said Risa Wilkerson, board chair. “The National Partnership is well-positioned for this transition with Deb’s continued involvement and our strong and capable staff and board that has shepherded the organization during Deb’s illness.”  

Hubsmith added, “I have full confidence that the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will continue to thrive and make an important difference in increasing physical activity for children and inspiring healthy community design in communities, especially for those who are most in need.”  

The National Partnership’s Board of Directors has begun the process of creating a search committee to oversee the recruitment and selection of the next executive director for the National Partnership. Questions about the search or suggestions of potential candidates can be directed to Wilkerson at risa@saferoutespartnership.org. To read Hubsmith’s personal reflections on this transition, please visit her blog.  

Now Hiring: Technical Assistance Project Manager

Now Hiring: Technical Assistance Project Manager

Position:  Technical Assistance Project Manager

OrganizationSafe Routes to School National Partnership

Employment and Classification:  “At will” employment status; full-time salaried position

Location: Your home office within the continental United States

Applications: Applications are due by May 21, 2014 and must be sent to hr@saferoutespartnership.org. Specific details on application requirements are provided below. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as there will be rolling interviews.

Start Date: Late June/Early July 2014

Summary: Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) and use your professional talents and personal passion to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.

The Technical Assistance Project Manager’s primary responsibilities include advancing the National Partnership’s emerging consulting program and providing technical assistance to local communities around the country that are seeking to improve their built environment and Safe Routes to School initiatives. The Technical Assistance Project Manager will assist in building a robust consulting practice through assessing existing staff skills, developing a marketing plan, and scoping and submitting proposals.  In addition, the Technical Assistance Project Manager will develop publications and other resources to assist with needs in the field, will work with communities to provide technical assistance and to assist with local and state campaigns, and will run webinars and trainings.

For more information about the Technical Assistance Project Manager position, please see the detailed job description.

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in active transportation, public health, consulting, or related fields.
  • Strong business skills (including data gathering, critical thinking, analysis, professional writing) necessary to successfully execute a diverse range of consulting projects; demonstrated commitment to mission, quality, excellence, and client service.
  • Experience with providing technical assistance to help groups and individuals advance their goals.
  • Stellar research and writing skills; effective public speaker comfortable presenting in front of large groups or one-on-one. 
  • Project leadership experience, including developing work plans and schedules, tracking/reporting progress, managing multiple complex projects and deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of one or more of these topic areas: Safe Routes to School programs, active transportation, complete streets, shared use agreements, state, regional, and local transportation governance processes, evaluation; ideally with a focus on serving lower-income communities.
  • Ability to travel to meetings, conferences, and to provide technical assistance as required. Anticipated travel to be between four and ten out-of-state trips a year.
  • Ability to work from home, to work independently (self-starter) and as a team member with minimal supervision.
  • Self-motivated, organized, flexible, adaptive, detail oriented, and creative.
  • Ability to follow-up in a timely manner and to work under tight deadlines/schedules.
  • Proficient with PCs and with MS Office software.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; advanced degree desirable.

Background:  The Safe Routes to School National Partnership was founded in 2005 and is a network of more than 700 organizations. Our mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children, and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities. 

Annual Salary:  This “at will” position offers a starting annual salary of $55,000 to $70,000/year, plus health insurance benefits, paid time off, and optional participation in a deferred compensation plan. A PC computer, telephone and internet access will be provided. Safe Routes to School National Partnership staff work from home offices.

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit (via email) a cover letter, resume and three writing samples in one PDF file to hr@saferoutespartnership.org. The PDF file shall be named as follows:  [LastName]_Technical Assistance Project Manager.pdf.  Ensure that the subject line of your email includes the text “Technical Assistance Project Manager.” We are not accepting email or telephone call inquiries.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged with an email reply.  Applications will be accepted until May 21, 2014.  Applications must be submitted in the format indicated in order to be considered.  Applying soon is encouraged as the position will be open until filled, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Visit www.saferoutespartnership.org for more information about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. 

Safe Routes to School National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer

Now Hiring: Part Time Fire Up Your Feet Coordinator

Now Hiring: Part Time Fire Up Your Feet Coordinator

Position:  Fire Up Your Feet Coordinator

InstitutionSafe Routes to School National Partnership

Reports to:  Development and Marketing Director

Employment and Classification:  “At will” employment status; Part-time, temporary through August 2015, averaging 20 hours per week

Location: Your home office in Northern Virginia

Applications: Applications will be accepted through April 18, 2014 at 5 PM PT and must be sent to hr@saferoutespartnership.org. Specific details on application requirements are provided below. No telephone calls please.

Start Date: As soon as possible 

Summary:  The Fire Up Your Feet Coordinator in the Mid-Atlantic region will assist with implementation of the Fire Up Your Feet program. This position will focus on achieving school engagement goals nationwide, with a particular focus on the Mid Atlantic region and Northern Virginia.

For more information about this position, please see the detailed job description.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years proven success coordinating projects and outreach efforts
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management experience
  • Ability to travel in the Northern Virginia region and nationally, as needed
  • Ability to work from home, to work independently (self-starter) and as a team member across departments with minimal supervision
  • Ability to follow-up in a timely manner, be proactive and to work under tight deadlines/schedules with attention to detail
  • Proficient with PCs and with MS Office software
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required 

Background:  The Safe Routes to School National Partnership was founded in 2005 and is a network of more than 650 organizations, agencies, schools and professional groups. Its mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities. 

Rate of Pay:  This “at will” position part-time position offers a starting salary range of $18,750 - $20,000  (or the equivalent of a full-time salary of $37,500 - $40,000.) A telephone and internet access stipend as well as access to file sharing will be provided; staff would need to provide their own computer. 

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit (via email) a cover letter, resume and three writing samples in one PDF file to hr@saferoutespartnership.org. The PDF file shall be named as follows:  [LastName]_Fire Up Your Feet Coordinator.pdf.  Ensure that the subject line of your email includes the text “Fire Up Your Feet Coordinator.” Applications must be submitted in the format indicated in order to be considered. Due to a high volume of interest in our positions, we are not able to accept email or telephone inquiries. 

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged with an email reply.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 18, 2014 at 5 PM PT.  Applying soon is encouraged as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Visit www.saferoutespartnership.org for more information about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.      

Safe Routes to School National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer.

Now Hiring: Federal Policy Manager

Now Hiring: Federal Policy Manager

Position:  Federal Policy Manager

ProgramSafe Routes to School National Partnership

InstitutionBikes Belong Foundation

Employment and Classification:  “At will” employment status; full-time salaried position

Location: Your home office within the Washington, DC metro area

Applications: Applications are due on January 6, 2014 and must be sent to hr@saferoutespartnership.org. Specific details on application requirements are provided below. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as there will be rolling interviews.

Start Date: Late January or early February 

Summary: Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) and use your professional talents and personal passion to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.

The federal policy manager plays a critical role in representing the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies. The federal policy manager will regularly meet with Congressional offices and key federal agencies to convey the needs and importance of having Safe Routes to School and to advocate for policies and funding levels that are supportive of Safe Routes to School, active transportation and multi-modal transportation options. This position is also responsible for tracking the implementation of the recent MAP-21 transportation bill, researching and writing policy reports and papers on Safe Routes to School and related topics and producing blog posts and web content. The federal policy manager will collaborate closely with national and state coalition partners to advance active transportation policy and funding. The federal policy manager reports to the deputy director. 

For more information about the federal policy manager position, please see the detailed job description.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of four to five years’ proven experience in legislative or government affairs, with a strong preference for experience with federal transportation policy.
  • Track record of analyzing and developing federal legislation and legislative campaigns.
  • Experience in building coalitions and working with allied organizations to achieve policy change goals.
  • Knowledge of Safe Routes to School programs or active transportation a plus.
  • Effective public speaker comfortable presenting in front of large groups or one-on-one.
  • Strong writing skills, including writing for legislative and non-legislative grassroots audiences.
  • Ability to travel to group meetings and conferences as required. Anticipated travel to be approximately two to four out of state trips a year and regular travel (without overnight stays) in the DC region. Occasional work in the evenings or weekends to attend receptions or events.
  • Ability to work from home, to work independently (self-starter) and as a team member with minimal supervision.
  • Self-motivated, organized, strong attention to detail, creative and energetic.
  • Ability to follow-up in a timely manner and to work under tight deadlines/schedules.
  • Proficient with PCs and with MS Office software.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.

Background:  The Safe Routes to School National Partnership was founded in 2005 and is a network of more than 600 organizations. Its mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.  The National Partnership is hosted by the non-profit Bikes Belong Foundation.

Annual Salary:  This “at will” position offers a starting annual salary of $48,000 to $60,000/year, depending on experience, plus health insurance benefits, paid time off and optional participation in a deferred compensation plan. A PC computer, telephone and internet access will be provided. All Safe Routes to School National Partnership personnel are employees of the Bikes Belong Foundation and work from home offices. 

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit (via email) a cover letter, resume and three writing samples in one PDF file to hr@saferoutespartnership.org. The PDF file shall be named as follows:  [LastName]_FederalPolicyManager.pdf.  Ensure that the subject line of your email includes the text “Federal Policy Manager.” We are not accepting email or telephone call inquiries.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged with an email reply.  Applications will be accepted until January 6, 2014.  Applications must be submitted in the format indicated in order to be considered.  Applying soon is encouraged as the position will be open until filled, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Visit www.saferoutespartnership.org for more information about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.  

Bikes Belong Foundation is an equal opportunity employer

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