Safe Routes to School E-News is a monthly email newsletter published by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a fast-growing network of non-profit organizations, government agencies and professional groups that are working to set goals, share best practices, secure funding, and provide detailed policy input to implementing agencies for advancing the Safe Routes to School national movement.
January 4, 2006
In this issue:2. SRTS National Partnership Resources for “Getting Started Locally”
4. News from the States5. School Wellness Policies must be adopted by Fall 2006
6. National Conference of State Legislatures: Resources on SRTS bills7. Full Scholarship Opportunity to the
8. Help Publicize the Safe Routes to School National Partnership9. Send us Your Safe Routes to School News: email@example.com 1. FHWA releases guidance on Safe Routes to School
On January 3, 2005, the Federal Highway Administration released its guidance on Safe Routes to School. The 23 page document can be found on the web at: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/saferoutes/srtsguidance.htm
The website states, “Since this is a new program, additional guidance will be provided throughout the first few years of the program as questions are asked, clarifications are needed, experienced is gained, and various approaches are tried and evaluated. To provide your feedback, send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership send our thanks to the Federal Highway Administration and its SRTS Program Manager Tim Arnade for utilizing a public process to create the guidance, and for getting the recommendations out so quickly. Many states have been waiting to develop their programs until after the guidance was released, so this guidance provides a great launch for the start of Safe Routes to School in all 50 states in 2006!
2. SRTS National Partnership Resources for “Getting Started Locally”
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership continues to be asked by community members, parents, and advocates for information and resources on how to work with cities and school administrations on developing Safe Routes to School programs. To help, we developed a short “Getting Started” primer and Powerpoint presentation which can be downloaded and customized for local use. Find the documents at: http://bikesbelong.org/site/page.cfm?PageID=294
This is an avenue for additional Safe Routes to School funds
Under SAFETEA-LU, there is a federal requirement that each State Department of Transportation (DOT) must develop a Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The SHSP is a major part of the core Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).
Safe Routes to School is an eligible expenditure for the SHSP, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership encourages local and state advocates to get involved with the SHSP process at the State level to make the most of this opportunity. We suggest that you start by contacting your State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator to learn who at the DOT is managing the SHSP process. The approved plans must be adopted by October 1, 2006. You can find a list of the State Bike/Ped Coordinators at: http://www.bikewalk.org/contacts_links/state_bikeped_coord.htm The federal guidance for the development of the SHSP is at: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/safetealu/toc.htm
4. News from the States
Update on our state survey,
Get SRTS included as a physical activity strategy in local schools
The National PTA, a member organization with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, has let us know that all schools that receive federal funding for their school lunch programs must put a Local School Wellness Policy in place by the start of their 2006-2007 school year. This requirement is a result of the Childhood Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. The School Wellness Policies must include strategies for improved nutrition and physical activity.
6. National Conference of State Legislatures: Resources on SRTS bills
Search their databases and make sure bills from your state are included
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues – including Safe Routes to School. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies, and they help to craft legislation.
The NCSL website provides an opportunity to keep current on policy concerns and perform comprehensive searches on key public policy issues, legislation from across the country, statutes, constitutions, audits and other legislative and historical documents.
NCSL has two legislative databases with information relevant to Safe Routes to School. The Traffic Safety database can be accessed at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ncsl/ and the Healthy Community Design database can be accessed at http://www.ncsl.org/programs/environ/healthycommunity/healthycommunity_bills.cfm. NCSL staff will be tracking safe routes to school legislation during the 2006 session. If a bill from your state is not included in the database, please email email@example.com.
7. Full Scholarship Opportunity to the
For Ph.D. candidate researching children, youth and environments
The Ph.D. Program in Design and Planning in the
For more information, contact:
Willem van Vliet-
Director, PhD Program
Tel: 303 492-5015
Fax: 303 492-6163
8. Help Publicize the Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Logos available for use at: http://bikesbelong.org/site/page.cfm?PageID=274
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership now includes more than 120 active partner members! We hope that you will publicize your affiliation with our growing coalition through including a copy of our logo on your website, with a live link to our website: http://bikesbelong.org/site/page.cfm?PageID=249
Membership with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is free. Please help us to continue to expand our diversity and reach by encouraging other organizations, businesses, professional groups, and government agencies to join us. Please forward this issue of Safe Routes to School E-News to your lists.
9. Send us Your Safe Routes to School News: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep us posted with news for your local, state and national SRTS work
We want to hear from you! Please keep us posted on news, activities and successes with Safe Routes to School in your state, your county, your city, and at your school, as well as national efforts. We’ll publish some of the news in this monthly email publication. Other items may be utilized on our website. While we can’t publicize everything, all news received will help us to keep informed about progress with Safe Routes to School nationwide, so that we can better assist communities and states in getting their programs started.
Help Expand the Partnership!
Membership with the Partnership is free. Please encourage other organizations, schools, businesses and government agencies to join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership at: http://bikesbelong.org/site/page.cfm?PageID=252
Initial funding for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has been provided by the Bikes Belong Coalition.
For More Information Contact
Deb Hubsmith, Coordinator
Safe Routes to School National Partnership