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
November 4, 2019

A new school start times bill, SB 328 was signed into law earlier this month that will require high schools to start classes after 8:30am by July 2022.  While we support the bill’s aim of helping high school students get more sleep, we are concerned about the potential unintended impact on student safety arising from students walking or biking to school at times with higher traffic volumes.  We

California
November 4, 2019

We are incredibly sorry to report that Governor Newsom vetoed SB 127, the Complete Streets bill.

Pacific Northwest
October 22, 2019

The City of Eugene is preparing for an E-Scooter Pilot Program, and is currently in the process of drafting new city codes for adoption. Eugene is on track to launch a pilot program in the spring or summer of 2020, but before scooters are deployed, city planners want to hear from you! Feedback will be used to inform how e-scooter operator permit applications are evaluated, and to help determine where and how e-scooters may be used in the community.

Pacific Northwest
October 10, 2019

SKATS, the regional transportation planning agency for the greater Salem/Keizer area, is in the process of prioritizing projects in the region for the next 6 years. The SKATS Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) establishes the schedule and priority for the near-term funding and implementation of transportation improvement projects.

Pacific Northwest
September 24, 2019

In the greater Portland region, Metro is in the middle of a process to shape a regional transportation funding measure that could go before voters in November 2020.