Healthy Communities

The National Partnership works with hundreds of partners through the country to create neighborhoods where streets, schools, and public spaces invite walking, bicycling, physical activity, and play. Safe Routes to School initiatives spark healthy change in communities, improving streets, and increasing opportunities for physical activity.

Safe Routes to School 101
Explore the basics of Safe Routes to School, shared use, active transportation, and other strategies designed to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to walk, bicycle, and be physically active in their communities.
Advancing Policy Change
Learn about the National Partnership's work to advance policies that support local and state investments in active transportation and healthy community design. Our staff members work at the federal, state, regional, and local levels in key states and regions where we have identified opportunities to expand Safe Routes to School, active transportation initiatives, Complete Streets, and shared use agreements.
Children from low-income families are twice as likely as children from wealthier families to walk to school, but they often face significant traffic and personal safety challenges on the trip to school. The National Partnership is committed to advancing active transportation and healthy community design in underserved communities and schools.
Creating Active Schools
Integrating exercise into everyday life creates a lifelong commitment to physical activity. That's why school-based strategies for increasing physical activity before, during, and after school are crucial to combatting the childhood obesity epidemic.