Blog Topic: National Policy & Advocacy

Safe Routes to School: In Law, but No Dedicated Money. What Does it Mean?

Now that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) has been signed into law, we are seeing a flurry of excitement about what it means for Safe Routes to School, walking, and bicycling. And we are also seeing uncertainty about what the law requires and what it offers related to Safe Routes to School. In particular, the section that restored the Safe Routes to School program is leading to confusion for advocates and agencies alike. We are here to help you make sense of it what it means, why it happened like this, and what to do about it.

Congress Passes Infrastructure Bill Making a Historic Investment in Safe Routes to School, Walking, and Bicycling

On Capitol Hill, the Safe Routes Partnership and the League of American Bicyclists have been pushing for changes in the federal transportation bill that will help states and communities build healthier, safer, and more affordable transportation options—particularly in the communities that most need them. These legislative outcomes are based on more than two years of advocacy on Capitol Hill to shape a transformative transportation bill.

Federal Transportation Funding Extended for a Few Weeks – Again!

While Democrats continue to iron out negotiations on Build Back Better, the partisan human-infrastructure bill, Congress passed another short-term extension for surface transportation on October 28th. This extension runs through December 3, 2021. As a reminder, these short-term extensions keep funding levels and policy unchanged.

Federal Policy Q&A – Summer/Fall 2021

In August, we sent a link to the Safe Routes to School community to ask questions about federal policy related to walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School and committed to answering them here on the blog. Do you have questions?

Deadlines Loom for Infrastructure and Budget as September Rolls Around

After a busy spring and summer working on legislation to reauthorize surface transportation spending, Congress is staring down a September 30th expiration date for current funding. Congress must reauthorize transportation spending or pass a short-term extension in order to maintain funding for transportation. Where things currently stand:

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Makes Meaningful Strides Toward Increasing Funding and Improving Safety for People Walking, Biking, and Safe Routes to School

Update August 10, 2021: The Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act with a vote of 69-30. The bill includes all elements described below. The next step for the bill is a vote in the House. The House is in recess until mid-September, however Speaker Pelosi may bring members back to vote on this infrastructure bill and budget reconciliation.

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