Safe Routes Partnership E-News
Issue #194: May 2022
Safe Routes Partnership E-News is a monthly email newsletter published by the Safe Routes Partnership. We are also on Facebook and Twitter. Join us!
- Webinar: Pop-ups, Play Streets, and Placemaking: Exploring Innovative Safe Routes to School Projects
- Webinar: Planning for the Future: Safe Routes to School Advocacy and National Program Highlights
- Celebrate National Bike Month!
- Why We Need Active People, for a Healthy Nation!
- CPSTF Recommends Park, Trail, and Greenway Infrastructure Interventions to Increase Physical Activity!
- Why Safety and Vehicle Speed are Incompatible Goals for Street Design!
1. Webinar: Pop-ups, Play Streets, and Placemaking: Exploring Innovative Safe Routes to School Projects
Do you find yourself going back to the same Safe Routes to School activities year after year? If so, your program might be in need of a refresh! Join Safe Routes Partnership and the Colorado Department of Transportation, as we highlight some of the newest and most innovative ideas from Safe Routes to School including pop-up projects, fun giveaways, and creative collaborations. We will also take time to celebrate successes from the past year and prepare for the upcoming grant application cycle. Register here
2. Webinar : Planning for the Future: Safe Routes to School Advocacy and National Program Highlights
Safe Routes Partnership and the Houston Health Department as they conclude their Houston Safe Routes to School webinar series. This webinar will highlight how Charlotte, D.C. Metro, and Tucson are using Safe Routes to School to improve safety, educate students on walking and biking, and advance larger health and wellness initiatives. Participants will also receive helpful strategies around advocating for Safe Routes to School funding, resources to help get your program off the ground, and learn who to connect with on a district/county/city level, what to ask for, and how to build a coalition of advocates. Register for this inspiring session here
3. Celebrate National Bike Month!
May is National Bike Month, a celebration of biking as transportation, recreation, and essential to our well-being and everyday lives. Join the League of American Bicyclists as they highlight how you can #BikeThere during Bike Month. Learn how you can participate in National Bike Month, Bike to Work Week (May 16-20), and Bike to Work Day (Friday, May 20) by visiting https://www.bikeleague.org/bikemonth
4. Why We Need Active People, for a Healthy Nation!
Join the Physical Activity Alliance and the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity as they kick off the first session of their “Year of Active People, Healthy Nation” webinar series! The topic of the first webinar is "Why We Need Active People, for a Healthy Nation." Learn about the CDC’s initiative to get 27 Million more Americans moving in the next 5 years and all about the latest physical activity research, reports, and recommendations. Register here.
5. CPSTF Recommends Park, Trail, and Greenway Infrastructure Interventions to Increase Physical Activity!
Interventions that improve the built and natural environments by creating or enhancing parks, trails, or greenways increase physical activity when combined with additional components, such as public awareness. Read the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)’s new recommendations in The Community Guide
6. Why Safety and Vehicle Speed are Incompatible Goals for Street Design
Nearly all transportation agencies will tell you that safety is their absolute top priority, but if you look more closely, you’ll discover that—in practice—it takes a backseat to moving as many vehicles as possible, as quickly as possible. How would our streets look different if we truly prioritized safety ahead of speed? Find out in this 9-minute explainer video from Smart Growth America.