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 to School National 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

California
August 15, 2018

Early this summer, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment released a report analyzing the links between CalEnviroScreen 3.0 scores and race/ethnicity and age. CalEnviroScreen is a database tool to evaluate the burden of environmental pollution on communities.

California
August 15, 2018

There are two consequential propositions on the November’s statewide ballot that active transportation supporters should be aware of.

California
August 15, 2018

Early this summer, The National Partnership teamed up with Assemblymember Reyes’ Office and a group of resident leaders known as Soar IE to conduct a community engagement project building on the team’s walk audits. Muscoy is an unincorporated rural area in San Bernardino County that is comprised of 98% Latinx families. Approximately 98% of Vermont and Muscoy Elementary students need Free and Reduced School Lunch Programs.

Yes for Affordable Housing
Pacific Northwest
July 31, 2018

In May, the Portland region's Metro Council voted unanimously to refer an important affordable housing bond to the November ballot. This regional ballot measure will create greatly needed affordable homes for low-income families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities throughout the Metro region.  

Metro draft 2018 RTP Cover
Pacific Northwest
July 25, 2018
The greater Portland area’s regional planning body, Metro, is in the process of updating the region’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), which is a blueprint to guide investments for all forms of travel – motor vehicle, transit, bicycle and walking – and the movement of goods and freight throughout the Portland metropolitan region. The Public Comment period is open now through August 13.
Pacific Northwest
July 18, 2018
ODOT is updating the Oregon Public Transportation plan, which will provide a statewide vision for public transportation. View our comments and submit yours this week!