Federal Policy

A key focus of the Safe Routes Partnership is to serve as an advocate for Safe Routes to School and related issues with Congress and the federal government and to monitor implementation of Safe Routes to School funding. Because Safe Routes to School affects communities in so many ways, our legislative priorities include transportation, education, health, and the environment.

Below you will find the latest information on the Safe Routes Partnership’s legislative priorities and calls to action. You can explore the links on the left for detailed information on the current federal transportation law (the FAST Act), state implementation, and background on the legislative history.  For a comprehensive search of all our resources, conduct an advanced search of our resource library.

FAST Act Background and Resources

In December 2015, Congress passed a transportation law, the FAST Act, that locks in five years of funding for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking. Background on the law, the changes it makes to the Transportation Alternatives Program, and its impact on Safe Routes to School is available in our FAST Act Background and Resources.

Latest News and Information:

House Transportation Bill Takes Even More Steps for Safe Routes
June 8, 2021:  The House Transporation & Infrastructure Committee released its version of the federal transportation bill, and it includes many excellent provisions for Safe Routes to School, biking, walking and rolling.  Read more in our federal policy blog.

Senate Transportation Bill Is Good News for Safe Routes to School

May 24, 2021: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has released their transportation bill and it includes billions in new funding for Safe Routes to School, biking, walking and rolling.  Read more in our federal policy blog.

Making Senate of Infrastructure Stimulus, Earmarks and Surface Transportation Reauthorization

April 4, 2021: For national news followers, it’s hard to open the paper (err - scroll Twitter) and not be bombarded with headlines about President Biden’s plans for infrastructure stimulus and the re-emergence of earmarks after a decade-long moratorium. Read more in our federal policy blog.

REPS. BROWNLEY AND ESPAILLAT'S SAFETY BILL GETS STRONGER WITH REINTRODUCTION

MARCH 2, 2021: The first quarter of fiscal year 2021 has come to a close, which means we have updated our quarterly State of the States TAP implementation tracking spreadsheet.  And on Capitol Hill, Representatives Brownley (CA-26) and Espaillat (NY-12) have introduced a new and improved safety bill.

THE 117TH CONGRESS TAKES STRONG FIRST STEPS TOWARD IMPROVING WALKING, BIKING, AND ROLLING

FEBRUARY 5, 2021: The start of the 117th Congress has been eventful to say the least. Between the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, the Democrats re-gaining control of the Senate with the election of Senators Ossoff and Warnock in the Georgia runoff, former President Trump’s second impeachment, and the inauguration of President Biden, it can be hard to keep track of the flurry of new bills being introduced by members of Congress.

NEW YEAR, NEW CONGRESS: OUR RESOLUTIONS FOR FEDERAL POLICY FOR WALKING, BICYCLING, AND SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

JANUARY 13, 2021: It’s a new year, and it ushers in a host of new beginnings: the 117th Congress, the Biden Administration, and hopefully an end in sight to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As people all around the world make New Year’s resolutions to improve themselves, we would like to share what we have resolved to work toward on the federal policy front this year.

Legislative Archives