National Partnership Impact and Focus

In all that we do, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership aims to advance policy change, catalyze support for healthy communities, foster a commitment to equity in active transportation, and share our deep expertise to improve support for walking and bicycling to school and beyond.

Today more than 17,000 schools are benefiting from the many positive outcomes of federal Safe Routes to School programs. An estimated 5 million children now enjoy safer sidewalks and pathways for walking and bicycling to school, bicycle and pedestrian safety education, and encouragement programs.

We were founded on the vision of collective impact and shared leadership and are proud to be joined by more than 750 partners affiliate who are commited to working together to grow the Safe Routes to School movement nationwide. Learn more about partnering with us here. The National Partnership provides crucial support to these efforts: promoting walking and bicycling, advancing safety and physical activity through policy change, and encouraging healthy community design that enhances livability and quality of life in all communities.

Our work is guided by four pillars of our 2010-2015 strategic plan:

Commitment to Equity:   Communities that encourage walking, bicycling and active, healthy living are seen as highly desirable places to live.  We are keenly interested in improving quality of life everywhere, but especially in low-income communities and communities of color. A core area of our work is in support of health equity to identify and overcome the barriers to active transportation and physical activity that reduce health for many communities. 

Advancing Policy Change:   A critical component of our work is engaging decision makers at local, state and national levels and advancing policies that support Safe Routes to School, infrastructure improvements, and safe, healthy community design. Maintaining support takes sustained effort in Washington, D.C., and across the states, and a consistent presence and voice from the National Partnership and its supporters.

Catalyzing Support for Safe, Active and Healthy Active Communities:   It is at the state and regional levels that the growth and institutional success of Safe Routes to School programs is occurring. The National Partnership catalyzes support for funding, policies, and programs that support healthy community design in states and regions across the U.S.

Sharing Deep Expertise:   A significant strength of our organization is the expertise, core knowledge, and research we make available to leaders in states and local communities. We are the nation’s only dedicated Safe Routes to School non-profit leadership organization with more than 600 affiliate partners, 29 staff members and thousands of connections with local, state and national leaders working on programs and policies throughout the U.S.