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

Pacific Northwest
November 13, 2020
In October, the Oregon Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee recommended funding $28.3 million for ODOT’s Safe Routes to School Competitive Construction Grant Program, for 43 projects located across the state which will all focus on under-resourced communities and safety improvements around schools.
California
October 26, 2020

Now that the application deadline for Cycle 5 of the Active Transportation Program has passed, we’ve got some details on the number and amount of requests submitted. While evaluations are underway and decisions won’t be announced until 2020, here’s what we know so far:

California
October 26, 2020

We urge everyone to vote! There are two ballot measures up for consideration in California this year that we wanted to call your attention to. We urge you to vote yes on:

California
October 23, 2020

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is currently accepting applications for Active Transportation and Safety projects. The due date is November 13, 2020. Grants can fund active transportation or safety plans, quick-build projects, network visioning and implementation, and more.

Pacific Northwest
October 8, 2020

October 8, 2020 update:

Pacific Northwest
September 29, 2020
We Support the Regional Transportation Measure 26-218 & you should, too! Everyone deserves a safe and efficient transportation system, no matter how they get around. This November, the Get Moving transportation measure, which we helped craft through our work with the Getting There Together Coalition, will make long-overdue safety investments on 17 of the most dangerous and congested regional roadways in the greater Portland region.