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Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Makes Meaningful Strides Toward Increasing Funding and Improving Safety for People Walking, Biking, and Safe Routes to School

Update August 10, 2021: The Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act with a vote of 69-30. The bill includes all elements described below. The next step for the bill is a vote in the House. The House is in recess until mid-September, however Speaker Pelosi may bring members back to vote on this infrastructure bill and budget reconciliation.

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Why Safe Routes to Parks: Stories, Data, and Resources to Illustrate the Mission

Safe Routes Partnership is passionate about improving park access for everyone. This visual storyboard - illustrated with statistics and successes - helps explain the Safe Routes to Parks program, and invites you to join us in advocating for equitable parks in your community and everywhere.

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Safe Routes to School Programming

We have all experienced individual and collective trauma this year, and the effects of that trauma will likely last well into the future. Prolonged isolation, fear, financial insecurity, sickness, police brutality, and harassment are only some of the complex issues that kids faced this year, especially kids of color, disabled kids, and kids from lower-income families.

What Comes After Covid?

It has now been about a year and half since the world turned upside down; a year since the renewed call for racial justice shook cities across the United States and the world. As we near the end of shutdowns, masks, and social distancing, we can’t go back to “normal.” The world has changed— we have all changed. We have to move toward what’s next. The good news is that what’s next can be determined by everyday people making and advocating for small improvements to make their communities more equitable, healthy, and safe. Here are a few of the goals that I have been hearing from communities along with stories and resources that give me hope that we can keep working toward those goals as we build what comes next.

House Transportation Bill Rolls Along

Last week the House of Representatives passed a five-year, $715 billion dollar transportation reauthorization bill called the INVEST in America Act. The bill includes significant increases in funding for Safe Routes to School, and reinstates the requirement for each state to have a full time Safe Routes to School Coordinator.  On a broader level, it also increases funding for bicycling and walking overall, and has a stronger focus on Complete Streets and safety for vulnerable road users.

Parks + Connections, an Opportunity for Stronger Community Engagement in Tucson

In Tucson, Arizona, a new, 10-year bond package for parks and connections is an opportunity to transform how the city does community engagement.