New Safe Routes Partnership Fact Sheets!
The Safe Routes Partnership has put out three new fact sheets with information on success stories, best practices, and resources for advocates of safety and active transportation at the national and regional level.
Children Crossing the Street With Their Bikes and a Guide. (Photo Credit: Safe Routes Partnership)
#1 Generating and Prioritizing Funding for Active Transportation
This fact sheet lays out information on how to secure funding for active transportation at the regional level and how to work with local authorities to achieve goals and influence how funds are allocated.
Every year, millions of dollars from the federal government are allocated for transportation. Roads, bridges, biking, and walking infrastructure, and air quality improvements all fall into this category. This new factsheet goes through the opportunity of influencing and advocating for how those funds are allocated.
#2 Boosting Active Transportation Through Regional Transportation Plans
This fact sheet is specific to regional efforts and policies in transportation. In it, you will find information on the critical process of planning for how to use federally-allocated funds at the regional level. This year, Safe Routes Partnership and its partners in Southern California were able to secure $22.5 billion to be invested in active transportation over the next 20 years. It also included the prioritization of environmental justice. In addition, Safe Routes Partnership and its partners were able to secure $35 million to be used over the next 5 years to improve pedestrian projects in Oregon communities.
The priorities of how to use these funds are laid out by the RTP (Regional Transportation Plan) which serves as a guide or blueprint on how to use the funding. Learn more about how to influence the allocation of these fundings on the regional level by reading the fact sheet.
#3 Influencing Complete Streets Policies at the Regional Level
This fact sheet draws on the experience to layout success stories, best practices, and resources for anyone looking to plan, fund, and build safer, more convenient streets for biking and walking. Due to the pandemic, people across the country are more personally invested in participating in Open Streets/Healthy Streets programs. It has also brought to light that there are many structural inequities in communities of color. There is no temporary fix for this issue. This fact sheet will provide information to take steps in the right direction in terms of policy, funding, and planning at the regional level.