Regional Policy

State and regional policies have a profound impact on the safety, convenience, and ability of children to be able to walk and bicycle to schools and be more physically active in daily life. Over the past six years, the Safe Routes Partnership has worked in targeted metropolitan areas to advance healthy transportation options at the regional level where the decisions made and resources allocated define what is possible for very large populations.

Through our Regional Network, graciously supported by Kaiser Permanente, we work on the ground in California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Mid-Atlantic region to improve funding for Safe Routes to School and active transportation; advance regional planning, Complete Streets, Vision Zero, and environmental justice; and rally networks of supporters.

CA walking
Statewide and in the San Francisco Bay area, Central Valley, and the greater Los Angeles area, we help ensure that Safe Routes to School funds succeed in California, leverage additional resources, and address and improve regional transportation policies.
MAL bike
Serving Baltimore plus the greater Washington DC region—which includes 8 counties in Maryland and Virginia plus the District of Columbia—we engage partners and influence regional, county and city policies and funding to support safe, healthy active transportation and communities.
PNW walking
Together, around the greater Portland, Vancouver, Salem, and Eugene regions, we support walking and bicycling policies and funding within communities, to create a place where walking and bicycling are safe and convenient.

Regional News

Pacific Northwest
July 19, 2019

The 2019 Oregon Legislature adjourned just hours before their constitutional deadline on June 30. This was a highly contentious session that received national news coverage for the partisan gridlock and multiple walkouts that occurred. Like so many others, we were waiting for news on priority bills right up until Sine Die.

Pacific Northwest
June 26, 2019

Since 2018, the Safe Routes Partnership has been supporting partners in the Salem area to get started on its first ever Safe Routes to School program. And we’re excited to share some important updates!

Pacific Northwest
June 5, 2019

June 26, 2019 Update: All eyes are on the Oregon Legislature as the 2019 Session comes to a close. Although we had hoped for a statewide policy to reduce diesel emissions and phase out old dirty diesel engines this session, HB 2007 has been limited to the tri-county area. Still, the bill is a meaninful step forward and necessary to allocate remaining VW Settlement funds. HB 2007 has successfully passed the House and, along with many other important bills, awaits the Senate to resume its business.

California
May 22, 2019

We are pleased with the continued progress of SB 127 (Wiener), the Complete Streets bill we are co-sponsoring along with California Walks, the California Bicycle Coalition and the American Heart Association. The bill has now passed out of the Senate Transportation and Appropriations committees. In the process, we have agreed to amendments that removed our proposed reordering of the State Highway Account’s priorities.

California
May 22, 2019

SB 152 (Beall), which would have radically restructured the Active Transportation Program and to which we announced our opposition last month, failed to pass the Senate Appropriations Committee last week.

California
May 20, 2019

Earlier this month, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) released Draft Community Air Monitoring Plans (CAMP) for each of the three AB 617 Southern California areas (Boyle Heights, Muscoy, and West Long Beach). This is the first step in identifying ways to mitigate air pollution issues in these communities.