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
July 23, 2020

We stand with our community partners Latinos Unidos Siempre and Salem-Keizer Coalition in Equality, and the call to remove School Resource Officers (SROs) from Salem-Keizer schools. At a moment when our communities are crying out for the protection of Black lives, a dismantling of white supremacy, and demanding racial justice, we must commit to non-police strategies in our schools.

Pacific Northwest
July 16, 2020
As long-time advocates and fighters for safe and accessible transportation options, and founding members of the Getting There Together Coalition, we are thrilled that today Metro Council referred their Get Moving 2020 regional transportation investment measure to the November 2020 ballot, which will invest more than $7 billion over the next 20 years.
California
July 15, 2020

Also at the June CTC meeting, Commissioners and the public listening in were treated to a presentation by Dr. Charles Brown of Rutgers University on questions of equity and racial justice in transportation. In the video of the full meeting, Professor Brown’s presentation begins at minute 57.

Pacific Northwest
June 25, 2020
Metro Council is getting ready to decide whether to refer their Regional Transportation Measure Get Moving 2020 to the November ballot. There are four opportunities starting June 30 to have your voice heard.
Pacific Northwest
May 28, 2020
Finalization of the ballot measure in the greater Portland region, which has been under development for more than a year, was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A decision by Metro Council whether to refer the package to the November 2020 ballot is now expected this summer. If referred and passed, the measure will invest billions in safety, transit, and transportation access projects in our communities over the next 20 years.