Safe Routes Partnership E-News
Issue #196: July 2022
- 2022 State Report Cards Are Here!
- Safe Routes Back to School 2022 Zoom Session
- Why is Jaywalking A Thing?
- $1B This Year for New Roadway Safety Program – How Can Safe Routes to School Get Involved?
- Safe Routes Partnership Earns Gold Seal of Transparency
- Get to Know Our Staff – Natasha Riveron
- Discover Traffic Gardens
Safe Routes Partnership’s state report cards and report, “Making Strides: 2022 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities,” examines how the laws, policies, and funding decisions made by state governments are supporting active kids and communities through opportunities for walking, bicycling, rolling, and physical activity. This report includes report cards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and factsheets on how to use your report card and understand your state’s report card scores and grading. Read the full report here.
Victim blaming pedestrians for accidents on roads that prioritize drivers is nothing new. In fact, a 100-year-old PR campaign to do just that is responsible for our current jaywalking laws. Laws that are still in use today, criminalize walking and biking and lead to racialized enforcement. So why is jaywalking a thing? And what can we do to move away from enforcement-led policies and make roads safe for everyone to use? Watch this video by Spin to see how Safe Routes Partnership and BikeWalkKC teamed up to create a guide to help decriminalize jaywalking in communities across the country.
As the Healthy Parks and Places Manger for the Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program, Natasha provides technical assistance, develops resources, and builds relationships to support communities working to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility of parks and open space. She is passionate about activating places (whether that’s the local park or neighborhood sidewalk) to strengthen the community. Get to know more about Natasha here.
Looking for a way to teach children about traffic safety and the built environment around them? Traffic gardens use scaled-down traffic features and other roadway elements to engage children and build these skills. Discover Traffic Gardens has an informative newsletter that highlights their work in using traffic gardens in communities to teach children how to navigate and practice using roadways, intersections, and crossings in a safe environment. Check out their newsletter and website for more information.