Partnerships in SRTS: Who should take the lead?

June 13, 2019

Some of the most common questions clients ask me are: who should hire a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Coordinator? Are SRTS Coordinators most effective when they’re housed in school districts, cities, counties, regions, or even state agencies? What about in transportation or planning departments? The department of education? Or public health? My answer is […]

Changing the Landscape of School Siting Practices

March 17, 2017

By Heather Seagle, Planner, Alta Planning + Design We are wrapping up the third year of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Our team has developed SRTS action plans for 11 schools in the county, and in this last year of […]

Giving Back: Bike Fix-up Day

March 13, 2017

By Jimmy Shoemaker, Planner, Alta Planning + Design Earlier last fall, while Colin Harris and I were at Farnsworth Aerospace, a middle school on the east side of St. Paul, as part of the Minnesota Statewide Safe Routes to School planning assistance project, one of the teachers showed me a fleet of 29 bicycles in […]

Walk Bike Forward with Keith Benjamin

September 2, 2016

#WalkBikeForward: Join us on our journey honoring key moments and people that have shaped our field as we celebrate 20 years of creating active, healthy communities. Keith Benjamin is Community Partnerships Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. He serves on the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Citizens Advisory Committee. Growing Diversity…Real […]

Move More Part 2: Becoming a Walkable Community

May 9, 2016

By Jean Crowther, Planning Associate, Alta Planning + Design Part 1 of this topic discussed the meaning of walkability and why it matters. However, even for communities where citizens and elected officials rally behind the value of walkability and are ready to make improvements, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here is […]

How Do You Tackle $1 Billion in Sidewalk Repair?

July 23, 2015

by Anne Conlon, Senior Planner with Collin Chesston, Planner The City of Memphis’ pedestrian network includes over 3,400 miles of existing sidewalks. That’s roughly equivalent to the distance between Seattle and Miami! As the City’s public infrastructure has aged, the growing need for repair and maintenance of this network has significantly outpaced the maintenance completed […]

The City of Turlock Gears Up for Active Transportation!

March 31, 2015

Turlock is a rural city of about 70,000 residents in California’s Central Valley. The temperate climate and short rainy season make walking and bicycling an attractive option for much of the year. Most destinations in Turlock are within reach by bicycle — the town is roughly a square about 5 miles across. Its gridded street system makes […]