Safe Routes Partnership E-News
Issue #204: August 2023
- Getting Around Town: Exploring Partnerships with Safe Routes to Parks
- Safer System for Student Travel: Enhancing Safe Routes to School Through Vision Zero
- Seeking State Agency Staff to participate in the Safe Routes to Parks Accelerator Program
- Checking in on State Implementation of the Transportation Alternatives Program
- Urgency Meets Opportunity: $3 Billion This Year Alone to Build and Repair Community Connections through Safe, Equitable Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Transit Improvements
- Farewell to Michelle Lieberman!
- Pedal into Excitement on Day Two of the Safe Routes to School Summit 2023!
Did you know Safe Routes programs encompass more than just school routes? Join us for an enlightening webinar as we delve into the world of Safe Routes to Parks initiatives. Discover how these programs are enhancing park access and safety in Colorado, and explore exciting prospects for collaboration between Safe Routes to School and Safe Routes to Parks for meaningful projects and community engagement. Register here.
Vision Zero is an international movement to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Join us for this webinar to explore innovative approaches to integrate Vision Zero's Safe System principles into school environments and learn how collaboration with Vision Zero staff can drive safer journeys for students. Register here.
Applications are now open for the Safe Routes to Parks Accelerator Program. Three states will be selected to assemble an interagency team to make funding and practice changes to support safe, convenient, and equitable access to parks and other everyday destinations across their respective states. Safe Routes Partnership will provide consulting services customized to support each state team over a 12-month period. Read more about the program and apply here. Applications are open until October 9, 2023.
You don’t want to miss reading this month’s federal policy blog. We’ll cover which states have Transportation Alternatives Program funds at risk of lapsing and which are ahead in obligating funds. With the new provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, see how states are providing technical assistance, taking advantage of transferring TAP funds, and how that could expedite project delivery.
Through the US Department of Transportation’s Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods (RCN) Program, communities now have the opportunity to reverse the harm caused by transportation infrastructure. On August 3, 2023, the Transportation Equity Caucus hosted a webinar planned by the League of American Bicyclists, National Resources Defense Council, PolicyLink, and Safe Routes Partnership. Read our blog for their key takeaways and questions and answers about the RCN Program.
Join us in wishing all the best to Michelle Lieberman, Consulting and Program Support Director as she takes the next step in her career. After nine years at Safe Routes Partnership, Michelle will be leaving the organization at the end of August 2023 to take on a position at the University of California, Davis, where she will be focused on supporting California communities with their active transportation efforts. Michelle joined our organization in 2014 as our Technical Assistance Project Manager, rising to her current role in the years following. We thank her for her many contributions to our organization and the Safe Routes to School field, including providing transformational technical assistance to communities and programs and developing national resources in support of the bigger movement. We will miss her and wish her all the best in this next chapter of her career.
7. Pedal into Excitement on Day Two of the Safe Routes to School Summit 2023!
You don’t want to miss all things bike-related in our Day Two lineup of sessions covering everything from bike education that empowers young riders, to the new and innovative world of e-bikes. Explore the concept of bike trains and discover how they're revolutionizing school travel patterns. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn, connect, and fuel the bike movement for Safe Routes to School by registering today at http://bit.ly/SRTSSummit23.