Regional Policy

State and regional policies have a profound impact on the safety, convenience, and ability of children to be able to walk and bicycle to schools and be more physically active in daily life. Over the past six years, the Safe Routes Partnership has worked in targeted metropolitan areas to advance healthy transportation options at the regional level where the decisions made and resources allocated define what is possible for very large populations.

Through our Regional Network, graciously supported by Kaiser Permanente, we work on the ground in California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Mid-Atlantic region to improve funding for Safe Routes to School and active transportation; advance regional planning, Complete Streets, Vision Zero, and environmental justice; and rally networks of supporters.

CA walking
Statewide and in the San Francisco Bay area, Central Valley, and the greater Los Angeles area, we help ensure that Safe Routes to School funds succeed in California, leverage additional resources, and address and improve regional transportation policies.
MAL bike
Serving Baltimore plus the greater Washington DC region—which includes 8 counties in Maryland and Virginia plus the District of Columbia—we engage partners and influence regional, county and city policies and funding to support safe, healthy active transportation and communities.
PNW walking
Together, around the greater Portland, Vancouver, Salem, and Eugene regions, we support walking and bicycling policies and funding within communities, to create a place where walking and bicycling are safe and convenient.

Regional News

California
June 30, 2021

Last month, we wrote about a letter we and our allies had sent requesting a $1 billion augmentation from the General Fund surplus. Since then, Governor Newsom proposed in his May budget revision, and the State Legislature has approved, a $500 million augmentation. While this is not as much as we hoped, it is a significant boost to the program, and more than was available in Cycle 5 originally.

California
June 30, 2021

Please join us for the first in our 2021-2022 ATP Webinar Series!


The Safe Routes Partnership began hosting webinars for applicants to the Active Transportation Program in Cycle 5, and we are excited to begin the next round of webinars roughly a year from the anticipated application deadline for Cycle 6.


California
May 19, 2021

If you are working to make walking and biking to schools, parks and other key destinations safer in your community, we can help!

The Safe Routes Partnership can assist your efforts to make your community a place where all residents can easily be active and healthy. We are offering long-term, free technical assistance to under-resourced communities in California that would like to seek funding through the state’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) for projects that support walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School. 

California
May 12, 2021

After the most competitive cycle yet of the Active Transportation Program, we and our partners in mobility and environmental justice advocacy are pushing for a $1 Billion augmentation to Cycle 5 from the State General Fund, which is currently benefiting from an unprecedented one-time surplus. This augmentation would be sufficient to fully fund all applications that received a score of at least 80 out of 100 in Cycle 5, a threshold that we believe should be the expectation in every future ATP cycle.


California
May 12, 2021

Speaking of the ATP, we wrote in March of our happiness that Muscoy, one of the communities to which we provided technical assistance,  was one of the communities slated to receive funding in Cycle 5 for its community sidewalks project.

Pacific Northwest
March 17, 2021

The work of our Regional Network Program ended in 2020, and staff in the Pacific Northwest shifted their roles for 2021.