Meeting Materials 5/20/14 – Schools as the Centers of Communitites – Coordinating Efforts in LA County

Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative

 Supporting Schools as the Center of our Communities

Tuesday May 20th 3:00 – 4:30pm

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Schools as the Centers of our Communities – coordinating efforts in Los Angeles County

Isabelle at Rosemont Elementary in Los Angeles

UPDATE: Meeting has been changed to Tuesday May 20th

Update: We’re at capacity and no longer accepting RSVP’s. We hope you can join us next time.  Please email to find out more. 5/14/14

In Los Angeles County, we have been having more and more meetings with partners working in schools.  Many of our partners, particularly community based organizations are working in schools but having a challenging time interfacing with transportation departments and school districts.

We were recently inspired by a meeting with the National Partnership’s Los Angeles based national shared use staffer Mikaela Randolph with a group called People for Parks, who are doing great work with Community School Parks and Urban Greening efforts in LA City and working on shared use issues. We’d like to share their work with interested partners on Tuesday afternoon May 13th May 20th at our offices in downtown Los Angeles. We want to share their experience and start a conversation and workgroup on schools and transportation in Los Angeles County.  We hope you’ll join us.

One of the reasons we are especially motivated to do this now is  Metro will kick off a Safe Routes to School County level strategic plan this summer. Let’s come together on May 13 May 20th to start to coordinate and sync up efforts.  Please fill out this google form to RSVP and receive meeting details.We’re at capacity! And have closed registration.

Support safer school zones and more funding for SRTS – act now!

DSCF6863Senate Bill 1151 needs your support before April 22!

SB-1151 aims to increase safety for schools students in two important ways: 1. by improving driver behavior in school zones with higher penalties for speed limit violations, and 2. by dedicating the additional revenue generated by those higher penalties to school-based safety improvements through the Active Transportation Program.

This important bill comes at a critical time – dedicated Safe Routes to School project funding is only guaranteed for the first three years of the new Active Transportation Program. With the additional revenue that SB 1151 proposes to generate, the state would continue a dedicated source of funding for projects that prioritize the safety of students walking and bicycling to school.

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How Land Use Can Keep Us Safe

tceIn certain communities across California, students not only have to worry about hostile traffic conditions while walking and bicycling to school, but also about crossing multiple gang turfs.  Not only does this prevent them from being physically active, it also affects their ability to learn and attend classes.  Safety is necessary and integral for community health but how do communities incorporate violence prevention and land use decisions to get youth safely to and from school?

Join the California Endowment (TCE), LAANE, and Policy Link and partners across the state on Monday December 9th to learn about the innovative efforts of community stakeholders in one community in Los Angeles who have worked with representatives of school, law enforcement, transportation, and small business to create a Safe Passages to School program that not only promotes walking and biking, but also increases attendance rates and socio-emotional wellbeing.  The meeting will also include information about  funding opportunities through the newly created Active Transportation Program that could support programs like Safe Passages and others that provide youth and their families more options to improve their communities. Read more of this post

Grants in Los Angeles: Increase Physical Activity and Food Nutrition at schools


Applications due by Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11 pm.

Community Health Councils, through its REACH Demonstration Project Partners in Health, is offering grants from $25,000 to $35,000 to organizations to provide nutrition and/or physical activity resources at eight schools in South Los Angeles. Grants will be awarded to selected organizations to support the development and implementation of campus-based physical activity and/or nutrition resources and the establishment of a shared agreement with Los Angeles Unified School District as part of an overall effort to improve student wellness. Read more of this post

Recap of Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition Meeting on 3/27/13

Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition Meeting March 27, 2013

Last Wednesday over 35-45 people came together at the Wallis Annenberg Science Center to discuss policy needs and goals for the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition.  It was an exciting afternoon with lots of great discussion and feedback.  Multi-modal/complete streets investments and equity were a key and recurring part of the entire afternoon.  Please see our meeting notes here and pictures from the afternoon here.

In order, to fully leverage these co-benefits of walking and bicycling and their connection to riding public transit, Los Angeles County must build out the active transportation network around its expanding rail system and largest public bus system in the state. Active transportation is crucial to the success of implementing projects that support state and regional policies, such as the Sustainable Communities Strategies from state legislation SB 375 and Active Transportation Program from the implementation of MAP-21, forthcoming Cap and Trade revenue, acceleration of Measure R investments (motion at Board this month) and other pending opportunities. Read more of this post

Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition Meeting 3/27

Save the Date for the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition Meeting on Wednesday March 27th at 2pm at Exposition Park in Los Angeles

Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Prevention Institute, Los Angeles County Department of Public HealthLos Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Los Angeles Walks and partners and friends from all over Los Angeles County to discuss Transportation Policy and Investments to improve the built environment for our communities.

This event is open and free for all to attend, but RSVP’s are required and space is limited so sign up today! Read more of this post

Spare the Air Youth Site Launched

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District),  announced the launch of a new website,, to teach students about the benefits of walking, biking, carpooling or taking transit to and from school.
The website provides resources for parents and teachers to teach kids and families about improving air quality around schools. Program providers will be able to access a wealth of information about best practices, idea sharing, available programs, as well as lesson plans, events and contests that teach youth about safety, clean air and transportation. Providers also will be able to connect with others in their field through the website.

Launched to coincide with international “Walk to School Day,” the website is part of MTC’s Climate Initiatives Program, a partnership effort between MTC and the Air District to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.

Strengthening the relationship between Community Development and Schools

Community Members Plant Trees near School
photo courtesy of Alliance for Community Trees on Flickr

The relationship between community development and school achievement often goes hand-in-hand: the safer, healthier, and more economically stable the community, the better the educational performance in their schools.

A report by Laura Choi, a research associate at the Community Development Department, examines the link between the two, focusing on how better collaboration across multiple sectors can improve academic achievement among low-income students. She notes that both federal and local programs to develop broader partnerships between public schools and their surrounding communities all work best when aligned across many sectors – MPO’s, school districts, local businesses, and families.

Using public schools as a hub, relationships are fostered between educators, families, community-based organizations, local businesses, and youth development organizations which together promote high educational achievement in the community. Read more of this post

K-12 school infrastructure for sustainable communities – new report

The University of California, Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools recently released a detailed analysis of policies, regulations, and funding patterns for California’s K-12 infrastructure.  This report gets to the heart of an issue that goes hand in hand with Safe Routes to School.  In communities all across the state not only do we have problems of unsafe and crumbling infrastructure on the way to school, but the schools themselves are in a state of disrepair.

This report takes a deep look at the last ten years of school infrastructure planning and policy in the state, including the School Facility Program, identifies key challenges at the state level, and makes specific recommendations for state policy to improve school facilities.  Key recommendations include increasing collaboration between local educational agencies and local governments in land development, particularly through implementation of the Sustainable Communities legislation SB375, and ensuring equitable distribution of infrastructure investments.

The full report can be found here:

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