Safe Routes to School National Partnership Releases National Report
October 02, 2007
[img_assist|nid=876|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=70|height=100]The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has released a national report, Safe Routes to School: 2007 State of the States. The report discusses program needs, showcases early success stories, compiles observations, and identifies Safe Routes to School (SRTS) resources. An exciting feature of the report is a one-page "State of the States" matrix, featuring each state's progress with hiring a full-time state SRTS coordinator, developing an advisory committee, releasing application guidelines, and selecting projects for SRTS funds.
The report was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was presented on October 1, the first day of International Walk to School Month, as a progress report on the implementation of the $612-million federal SRTS program that was authorized by Congress in the 2005 federal transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU. The federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program provides funding to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to help communities improve infrastructure such as sidewalks and bike paths, and to support education, encouragement, and enforcement programs that make it safer and easier for children to walk and bicycle to schools.
Deb Hubsmith, Director of the SRTS National Partnership, presented Safe Routes to School: 2007 State of the States at a press conference with Congressman Oberstar, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on October 1 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a growing coalition of nearly 300 nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and professionals working together to advance the Safe Routes to School movement in the United States. Bikes Belong provided initial funding for the partnership in 2005 and has been its host organization ever since.
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