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Guest Blog Post: Leading Virtual Walk Audits with the YMCA's Safe Routes Student Ambassador Program

This guest blog post is written by Jack Kelly, a senior at Shenendehowa High School in Saratoga County who recently completed the YMCA’s Safe Routes to School student ambassador program. Jack is sharing reflections from his project to improve sidewalks and walkability in his community.

Congress Says See You Next Year on Transportation

Last week, Congress passed a short-term extension to funding for all federal agencies, giving them until December 11, 2020 to reach a deal on funding for the rest of 2021.  As part of that bill, Congress also included a one-year extension of current transportation law and funding (the FAST Act), through September 2021. 

Influencing Complete Streets Policies at the Regional Level

A new fact sheet, Influencing Complete Streets Policies at the Regional Level, draws on this experience to lay out success stories, best practices, and resources for anyone looking to plan, fund, and build safer, more convenient streets for biking and walking.

Transportation Bill Heads to Extension

Unfortunately, the gains for active transportation and safety for people biking and walking that we won in the Senate America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 and the House INVEST Act are at risk.  The Senate has not moved its bill the rest of the way through the Senate, and it still lacks the transit, safety and funding titles.

Our Approach to Planning for Back to School 2020

In a few short weeks, kids across the country will begin heading back to school. Some will enter their classrooms and smile at their teachers from behind masks. Others will hop on bikes and feel the breeze rush across their cheeks instead of sticky school bus air. A high school senior will help his younger sister log on to her online class before opening his laptop to do the same. Another will sit at a desk six feet apart from her best friend, but only for three days a week. On remote-learning days, her grandmother will become her desk partner as they work together from the kitchen table. This is the portrait of Back to School 2020. It will be new. It will not be what we knew just a year ago or considered normal - and that’s okay.

Protecting Black Lives in Parks and Public Spaces

Too many Black lives have been lost to police violence. As advocates for safe routes and safe public spaces, we must take a holistic view of safety, especially the safety of Black lives. Depending on police for community safety is not a sustainable or equitable solution.