November 2016

Safe Routes to School E-News
Issue #129: November 2016

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  1. Step By Step: How to Create a Walking School Bus At Your School
  2. Support the Deb Hubsmith Legacy Campaign
  3. Fire Up Your Feet Challenge Complete!
  4. Register for Our Next Webinar: Safe Routes to Healthy Food
  5. California Allocates $10 Million from Cap & Trade to Fund Active Transportation
  6. Active Schools Fundraising = #HealthyFundraising
  7. Support the Safe Routes Partnership this Holiday Season
  8. Save the Date for the Next #MoveEquity Tweetchat on Walking and Biking in Tribal Communities
  9. Amazon Smile
  10. Featured Partner: Cycliq

1. Step By Step: How to Create a Walking School Bus at Your School

Step by Step: How to Create a Walking School Bus At Your School is a new toolkit developed by the Safe Routes Partnership, with support from the California Department of Public Health, that offers step-by-step guidelines, tips, and tools for planning and implementing a walking school bus program. Learn how to recruit adult volunteers, develop routes, promote the program, and ensure students have fun and stay safe along the way, with downloadable templates and worksheets to give you a fast and easy start.

Stay tuned for details on upcoming webinars where you’ll have the chance to learn more about walking school bus ABC’s and connect with seasoned pros about what has made their walking school bus programs so successful.

2. Support the Deb Hubsmith Legacy Campaign

When Deb Hubsmith founded the Safe Routes Partnership in 2005, she knew that it would take an ecosystem of support and energetic passion to lead a movement for healthy, active schools and communities. That’s why she established an organization based on partnerships, aiming to connect local and state partners with each other to share successes and grow the Safe Routes to School movement together.
Now it’s up to us to honor the legacy of Deb’s life by mirroring her energy, spirit, and commitment to keep the momentum going. Donate to the Deb Hubsmith Legacy Fund today and give your support to the bold vision that Deb inspired.

3. Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge Complete!

Congratulations to all the schools that participated in the Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge this October. You've made a true difference in inspiring healthy, active lifestyles among students, families, and school staff! Stay tuned for more information where we will be announcing the winners later this month.

Meanwhile, save the date for the Spring Activity Challenge!

  • April 15-May 15, 2017: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada
  • May 1-31, 2017: Oregon, SW Washington, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC

4. Register for our Next Webinar: Safe Routes to Healthy Food

December 1, 2016 from 2-3 pm Eastern
Register here

This webinar introduces the concept of Safe Routes to Healthy Food: the work of overcoming the transportation barriers to accessing nutritious foods. This webinar will make the case for why active transportation advocates and food access advocates can and should collaborate and provide examples of how communities across the country are working to make it easier, safer, and more convenient for people to walk, bike, or take transit to access healthy foods.

5. Support the Safe Routes Partnership While Gift Shopping this Holiday Season

The following partners generously offer discounts on select products with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Safe Routes Partnership. Thank you for making a purchase with them this holiday season. Discounts and details available here

Dero ~ Fitivities ~ I'm Safe ~ Skillastics

6. California Allocates $10 Million from Cap & Trade to Fund Active Transportation

As the California legislative session came to a close at the end of September, the Governor and state legislature came to an agreement on how to spend a portion of cap-and-trade revenue as part of this year’s budget, and the Active Transportation Plan (ATP) is receiving $10 million. Money from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) is subject to different requirements than the federal and state funds in the ATP right now, so the CTC has released a set of guidelines for how it plans to spend this money. More information.


7. Active Schools Fundraising = #HealthyFundraising

It's giving season! Schedule your active fundraiser using Active Schools Fundraising between now and Dec 5th to raise funds for your school or organization. Plus, a chance to win prizes from our sponsoring partners. Click here for other #healthyfundraising ideas. You can customize your team page with images and text to tell your own story. It takes less than 20 minutes to create an awesome page for your group!

Active Schools Fundraising is brought to you by the Safe Routes Partnership, Let’s Move! Active Schools, and with support from Kaiser Permanente.

8. Join the Next #MoveEquity Tweetchat on Walking, Biking, and Physical Activity in Tribal Communities

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1pm Eastern w/ hashtag #MoveEquity

People living in tribal communities experience high levels of diabetes, health disease, and other health challenges related to physical inactivity.  But increasingly, many tribal communities are finding ways to increase physical activity among community members. Tribal communities are making walking and biking safe and convenient and are reclaiming physical fitness and health for native communities.  

In Bishop, California, the Toiyabe Indian Health Project organized a Tribal Walk to School Day and worked with the principal to open a walking path between the school and tribal housing that had previously been gated shut. They are now partnering with other tribes to build walking and bicycling paths on their reservations. In New Mexico, the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project and Zuni Health and Wellness Coalition have created a series of walking and bicycling trails totaling 40.5 miles that supports Zuni culture with inspirational phrases in Zuni every half mile to keep community members motivated. And on November 13, more than 10,000 Native American youth in tribal communities across the country will take part in NB3Fit Day, a shared day of physical activity and movement.

Join us for a #MoveEquity tweetchat on November 16 to share your experiences and discuss opportunities to connect tribal culture and physical activity to support health and wellness for tribal communities.

9. Amazon Smile #StartWithASmile

Bookmark this link and support us when you shop this holiday season. When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price to the Safe Routes Partnership to support walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School! 

10. Featured Partner: Cycliq

A special thank you to Cycliq for donating more than $26,000 in Fly6 bike cameras to the Safe Routes Partnership! We are giving away multiple Fly6 bike cameras for the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge "Share the Road" Award and as a raffle prize for schools that raise at least $500 on Active Schools Fundraising.