Safe Routes to School

Broadway Bike Lane

Interest Spikes for Active Transportation Grants in Washington State

Applications for active transportation grant funding through a pair of Washington state programs more than doubled, in terms of funding requests, from 2020 to 2022.

September 6, 2022 - The Seattle Times

Children Walking To School

School District Takes on Traffic Safety

A school district in North Carolina is leading an effort to improve road safety for students and school staff who walk or bike to school.

March 21, 2022 - ABC 11

Child Bikes

How To Get Federal Infrastructure Funding for Bike Projects

How bicycling advocates can strengthen existing partnerships and make strategic alliances that will benefit cyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users.

March 15, 2022 - Cycling Utah

Beacon Hill Intersection

School Proximity and Speeding Tickets: Still Can't Win Safety Improvements

A loss for traffic safety advocates in Seattle.

December 7, 2019 - The Urbanist


The Vision Zero Commitment in Prince George's County

The Maryland county is launching a traffic safety program, but much work and many changes are needed to eliminate traffic fatalities.

October 12, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

Pedestrian Signal

No 3D Crosswalks in Cincinnati After Federal Guidance Finds Risk

A proposal to paint three-dimensional crosswalks near schools, approved by the Cincinnati City Council, has been rejected by the Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering.

July 31, 2019 - WCPO

Two Brothers Walk to School

Safe Routes to School Have New Funding Opportunities in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced the first round of funding for the Safe Routes to School Competitive Grant Program.

January 18, 2019 - Bike Portland

Anchorage, Alaska

Will Alaska Return Millions of Dollars for Bike and Pedestrian Projects to the Feds, Again?

Last year, Alaska returned $2.6 million of its 2013 Transportation Alternatives Program funding to the U.S. Department of Transportation due to a shortage of eligible projects to fund, despite having four years to obligate the grant money.

June 23, 2017 - Alaska Public Media

School Buses

Nation's School Districts Struggling to Attract Enough Bus Drivers

As the economy has improved, fewer people are looking for employment as school bus drivers. When fewer buses are available, more students drive to school, brining unwanted environmental risks along for the ride.

April 5, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal


Monday Inspiration: The Best School Crossing Guard in the Business

Meet Penni Robertson, also known as America's Favorite Crossing Guard.

March 6, 2017 - Detroit Free Press


The App That Puts Street Design Powers Into the Hands of Children

For the first time ever, Norway is crowdsourcing public safety information from kids—made possible through the powers of smart phones and gamification.

September 12, 2016 - The Guardian

Kids Crossing the Street

How Toronto's Chief Planner Prepared Her Children to Walk Alone to School

Toronto Chef Planner Jennifer Keesmaat describes how she prepared her children for an old-fashioned commute to and from school.

September 7, 2016 - The Toronto Star

School Buses

Texas School Bans Walking to School

Not only does Bear Branch Elementary School in Magnolia ISD prohibit walking to and from school: Montgomery County constables will arrest scofflaws.

April 8, 2016 - Fox 26

12 Seattle Schools to Get the Safe Routes to School Treatment in 2016

The Urbanist takes a close look at the first of 12 Safe Routes to School projects scheduled for Seattle schools this year.

January 23, 2016 - The Urbanist

New Federal Rule Decriminalizes Walking to School

The recently approved federal education law includes a provision that allows students to take alternative forms of transportation to and from school with parental permission.

January 9, 2016 - New York Post

Seattle Moves in a Big Way on Election Day

Prop. 1, a $930 million, nine-year transportation levy backed by Mayor Ed Murray, was approved by 54 percent of Seattle voters on Nov. 3 to the delight of bus, bike, pedestrian and good roads advocates. First order of business: Safe Routes to School.

November 6, 2015 - The Seattle Times

The Passing of One of the Bay Area's Most Effective Bicycle Advocates

Deb Hubsmith, who went from executive director of the Marin Bicycle Coalition to state and federal bicycle advocacy positions, passed away on August 18. She was known throughout California as being a tireless force for the advancement of bicycling.

August 24, 2015 - Marin Independent Journal

School Sprawl

The Hidden Costs of Locating Schools on the Outskirts

St. Cloud, Minnesota is considering the question of whether to renovate or rebuild—and where to rebuild—a local high school.

June 23, 2015 - SCTimes

Two Brothers Walk to School

How Developers Can Help Make Streets Safe for Children Again

It will take a broad coalition of interests to once again make it safe for "free-range kids" to walk and bike on the streets of American communities.

May 14, 2015 - Patrick L. Phillips

Safe Routes to School

Green Health Tools for 'Back to School'

Nisha Botchwey and Kirsten Cook detail the articles available on the subject of green health and schools in the Summer 2014 issue of the Journal of Planning Education. (Articles mentioned in this post have Open Access through September.)

September 5, 2014 - JPER

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