Posted by: SLW | February 11, 2010

Greater Washington Area Part of National Regional Project

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has selected the Metro DC region, including Northern Virginia, to participate in the 2010 and 2011 phase of the National Regional project.  Only two other regions in the country were selected for this effort.  The Greater Washington region will be joined by Atlanta and Los Angeles to participate in this project, which is being funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A regional Safe Routes to School network will bring together various partners from the local governments, school districts, departments of health, transportation planners and environmental agencies to bring about change in how children get to school every day.  The SRTS regional network can affect the ability of children to walk or bicycle to school through long-range planning, transportation funding allocations and other policy decisions. The Regional Policy Project will focus on the inclusion of Safe Routes to School and related policy issues, such as Complete Streets and the programming of other transportation funds, in the regional transportation plan and related policy efforts led by the regional governments.

The Greater Washington network will work to increase physical activity among all students, ensure that federal SRTS funds are spent on quality projects, work to leverage additional regional resources for SRTS initiatives, and advocate for the removal of barriers, both physical and logistical, to walking and bicycling to schools through policy initiatives.  The 2010-2011 phase of the Regional Network Project also includes a focus on serving lower-income populations and reducing crime.

For more information, please contact Gina Arlotto, organizer for the Greater Washington Network Project.

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