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
December 18, 2020

Next year, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will roll out Plan Bay Area 2050. The Safe Routes Partnership is asking MTC to increase funding for the regional Safe Routes to School program, sustain the Spare the Air Youth Program, enforce the Complete Streets policy, add $100 million to the One Bay Area grants, and expand its commitment to equity. We hope you will attend Plan Bay Area meetings throughout 2020 and push for these commitments too. 

Pacific Northwest
December 31, 2019

We are proud to be founding members of the Getting There Together Coalitionand recently joined with other community leaders to analyze the recommended list of projects and put forward our own recommendations that lead with the values of equity, safety, affordability, and climate. 

California
December 18, 2019

Manteca is in the process of developing its general plan to guide how the city will grow. We recently recommended that Manteca include in its plan concrete ways it will improve bicycle and pedestrian access around schools, improvements in active transportaton data collection, and measurable goals on Complete Streets. We also urged the city to prioritize affordable transportation options as part of the environmental justice component of the general plan.

California
December 11, 2019

The next application deadline for the Active Transportation Program (ATP) will be June 15, 2020 for Cycle 5, with projects awarded in 2021. The California Transportation Commission is currently holding workshops to get feedback and input on the ATP guidelines. “Branch” workshops will be held in locations where workshops haven’t been help before, and will be for input.  “Central” workshops will be in more central locations and will include discussions and decisions on different aspects of the guidelines; there will also be a webinar and real-time chat function available.

Pacific Northwest
November 21, 2019
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is talking to people across the state about walking, biking and rolling, and wants to hear your ideas about how they can improve active transportation.
 
Your input about changes needed to support safe, comfortable travels helps to update the State Active Transportation Plan.
Pacific Northwest
November 21, 2019

Metro, greater Portland's regional government, is building a list of transportation projects for a possible November 2020 ballot measure (T2020). We are proud to be founding members of the Getting There Together Coalition, and recently joined with other community leaders to analyze the recommended list of projects and put forward our own recommendations that lead with the values of equity, safety, affordability, and climate.