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Bringing Flashing Stop Signs and A Community Park Celebration to South Wenatchee, Washington

South Wenatchee, Washington is a predominantly Latino community located just south of Spokane. The community is largely agricultural, with a highly transient population of migrants who come to work during harvest season. Because many migrant workers come with their families, including young children and other relatives, there is a great need and high demand for safe places to play, be active, and recreate.

Introducing the Back to School 2020 Working Group!

The Safe Routes Partnership is excited to introduce the Back to School 2020 Working Group participants! We selected 18 individuals from around 180 applications from Safe Routes to School coordinators, parents, teachers, planners, crossing guards and advocates who volunteered their time and expertise. We are so encouraged by this overwhelming level of interest, and in addition to the Back to School 2020 Working Group, we are organizing some other opportunities to have these important conversations about returning to school, and will share details in the coming weeks. 

Dropping Enforcement from the Safe Routes to School 6 E’s Framework

For more than 15 years, Safe Routes to School programs have used the five E’s (Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, and Engineering) as their organizing framework. In recent years, we added a sixth E, Equity, to bring the focus towards creating healthy, thriving communities for people of all ages, races, ethnicities, incomes, and abilities. Effective immediately, we are dropping Enforcement as one of the 6 E’s of Safe Routes to School. 

House Transportation Bill Includes Big Wins for Biking and Walking

Join the Back to School 2020 Working Group!

We have appreciated all of the resources and ideas you have shared about keeping Safe Routes to School programs running during COVID-19. As we move into summer break, many of you have started thinking about what your programs will look like when school resumes. We are putting together a Back to School 2020 Working Group to help develop strategies and resources for effectively implementing Safe Routes to School programs this fall.

What’s Next for Congress to Address Coronavirus?

Since our last post in early April describing the CARES Act, Congress has refilled the pot of funding for small business loans and provided funding to hospitals and testing. It is much less clear at this point what is next as Congress tries to address COVID-19 and its impact on the economy.