San Diego County Elected Officials’ Breakfast: A Discussion About Safe Routes to School

Breakfast FlyerJoin the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative for the biannual Elected Officials’ Breakfast, focused on Safe Routes to School. Elected officials, school board members, local government representatives, planning agencies, and anyone who has a role in Safe Routes to School policy development are invited to learn about promoting pedestrian and bicycle safety for students traveling to and from school and expanding active transportation choices for all residents. 

Details:

Friday, September 19, 2014
8:00-10:30am
Caltrans District Offices
Old Town
4050 Taylor St.
San Diego, CA 92110
Garcia Room

For more information, view the Event Flyer

Space is limited! Please register by September 17: Nina Ghatan, 858-609-7964 or nghatan@sdchip.org

8 Women Will Bike Central Valley for Safe Routes to School

IMG_1126On September 28th a team of 8 women will embark on a bicycle tour from Sacramento to Fresno getting students and communities excited about biking and walking to school. The Healthy Active Places Tour will stop at schools to promote local efforts, celebrate grant awards, and advocate for more resources to improve walking and bicycling conditions in those communities in the coming years.

Almost as good as all the outreach: the team is donating all proceeds to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. 

Check out the route to see if the tour is coming to your community!

 

Los Angeles County Scores Big in California Active Transportation Grants

This month the California Transportation Commission (CTC) awarded $71 million to 37 walking, biking and safe routes to school projects across Los Angeles County through the California Active Transportation Program (ATP). Los Angeles County projects received 39 percent of the total statewide award, successfully competing for more than our “fair share” of funding thanks to the high quality of our projects and overwhelming need for improvements in local communities.
Historically, the Los Angeles region hasn’t competed as well compared to the Bay Area and other regions around the state.

Thanks to the efforts of Metro and city staff from across the county and all our partners in the the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative and especially the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, we may have turned the corner in Los Angeles County, creating exciting new partnerships to bring even more resources to the region for walking and biking. A complete list of funded projects is available in the CTC report.

City of Los Angeles Safe Routes to School Programs Win $22 Million in ATP Grants

Included in the $71 million for walking and biking projects in Los Angeles County just awarded by the California Transportation Commission is $22 million for Safe Routes to School projects and programs in the City of Los Angeles. In 2011 the LA City Council funded two pedestrian coordinator positions at LADOT as a result of the advocacy efforts by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Los Angeles Walks and LACBC. The coordinators were tasked with creating a citywide Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan. For the first time, LADOT prioritized schools based on objective criteria and developed competitive funding applications. LADOT’s priorities lined up closely with the scoring criteria for the new state Active Transportation Program, resulting in this unprecedented amount of funding coming to LADOT for safe routes to school efforts.

Who was one of the strongest champions of using metrics to strategically prioritize city efforts? Former Councilmember Eric Garcetti. Congratulations to Mayor Garcetti, LADOT and the students across Los Angeles who will benefit from this new funding!

Active Transportation Program awards confirmed by CTC

ATP-WebBanner-600x300Yesterday the California Transportation Commission (CTC) officially adopted the staff recommended list of projects for Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 1 funding.

See the adopted list of projects here; awarded projects are on pages 10-13.  

145 walking and bicycling projects – including 94 that contribute to providing Safe Routes to School for kids statewide – will receive state and federal funding over the next several years. An additional 40 percent of the ATP Cycle 1 funds, or $147 million, is still to be awarded by Metropolitan Planning Organizations in November 2014.

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Today is Your Last Chance to Weigh in on Guidelines for County Transportation Plans in the Bay Area

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is inviting public comment on the process for updating Guidelines for Countywide Transportation Plans (CTPs). These updated plans will serve as guidance to the Bay Area’s nine county Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs) in the development of their CTPs.

The deadline for submitting comments is today!

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One more step for the Safer School Zones Bill, then it’s up to Governor Brown

IMG_2056It’s that time again!  Youth and families around the state are gearing up to head back to school, and worrying about how to get there safely.

All kids should be able to walk or bicycle to school without being put in harm’s way, which is why the National Partnership co-sponsored SB 1151 this year. SB 1151, the Safer School Zones Bill, will increase safety for school children statewide by increasing penalties for traffic violations in school zones by $35 and putting that additional revenue into the state Active Transportation Program specifically for Safe Routes to School improvements and programs.

The Legislature also headed back into session last week, and moved SB 1151 another critical step forward with a 17-0 vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  In case you’re keeping track, Safer School Zones have so far received unanimous legislative support in every committee that has heard the bill. Only one vote remains – the full Assembly – before SB 1151 heads to Governor Brown’s desk for signature. Read more of this post

Active transportation in SGC funding workshops this week

slide 1 snapshotYou’ve been hearing from us a lot lately about the Strategic Growth Council’s (SGC) new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. That’s because the AHSC will be a valuable new source of funding for walking and bicycling improvements, including Safe Routes to School projects and programs, and will award $130 million in program funds in 2015.  We encourage all our partners to provide input to the SGC as staff develops guidelines this fall, and to be thinking about competitive local projects to propose for funding next year. Read more of this post

ATP preliminary award list posted – $119 MILLION FOR SRTS!

The initial results for ATP Cycle 1 are in!  California Transportation Commission staff has just released the list of 145 projects that staff recommends for $221 million in Active Transportation Program funds through the Statewide and Small Urban/Rural program components. The list still must be adopted by the Commission at the August 20 CTC meeting in San Jose before awards are officially confirmed.

See the full staff recommendation for the Statewide and Small Urban/Rural Active Transportation Program Awards

Though we have to wait for final adoption and confirmation by the Commission on August 20, we’re excited to see that Safe Routes to School projects and programs and disadvantaged communities fared extremely well!  Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • 94 Safe Routes to School Projects are recommended for $119 million in ATP funding, including:
    • 81 projects ($100 million) in the Statewide funding pot and 13 projects ($19 million) in the Small Urban/Rural funding pot
    • 53 projects ($22 million) are (or include) non-infrastructure SRTS programs (47 Statewide, 6 Small Urban/Rural)
  • 110 projects  benefit or partially benefit disadvantaged communities, including:
    • $189 million in funds for disadvantaged communities ($160M Statewide, $29M Small Urban/Rural)

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Save the Date: Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative – August 28th Meeting

8.28.14Please save the Date!

Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative

  • Thursday August 28th 4:00 – 5:30pm
  • Hub LA 830 Traction Ave, 2nd Floor, LA 90013
  • Agenda

RSVP – click here. 

Please RSVP today to join us on Thursday August 28th at 4pm at our meeting space at HubLA for a strategy meeting among Los Angeles County partners to chart a pathway forward to strengthen and ensure adoption of Metro’s draft Complete Streets policy by October.
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