Introducing the new Active Transportation Fellow

It is great to have Catherine Baker joining the Greater Washington network for the summer! Catherine is the Active Transportation Fellow and will be your point person while Christine is on maternity leave.

Catherine recently graduated from Virginia Tech with her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. See more information about Catherine on our national site. We are excited to have her as part of our team! She has jumped right in and will be able to help you with any walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School questions!

Catherine can be reached at catherine@saferoutespartnership.org or by phone at 703-606-4709.

Prioritizing Pedestrian Safety in Montgomery County, MD

Register now for the next Greater Washington network webinar featuring Montgomery County!

Montgomery County’s approach to pedestrian safety

Pedestrian safety has been prioritized by the County Executive in Montgomery County. Learn about the multifaceted approach which includes data utilization, road audits and targeted infrastructure improvements paired with education, Safe Routes to School and a partnership with law enforcement. Montgomery County has tracked and evaluated their work and will share numbers highlighting successes.

Date: June 5th

Time: 2p.m. ET

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1001384963126809344

Thanks to the great speakers who will be joining us for this webinar!

Jeff Dunkel, Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, Montgomery County  Department of Transportation

Nadji T. Kirby, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Montgomery County Department of Transportation

Will Haynes, Engineer, Montgomery County Department of Transportation

Joana Conklin, Pedestrian Education Safety Specialist, Montgomery County Department of Transportation

Cpt. Tom Didone, Montgomery County Policy Department (invited)

Bike to School Day at Gladys Noon Spellman

Safety Bear walking with the students!

Students reach the top of the hill with Safety Bear!

I am so glad to end the week with Bike to School Day at Gladys Noon Spellman in Cheverly, Maryland! There is so much to tell, I can barely write everything quick enough! Their Safe Routes to School program has all the right component and today showcased how safe, healthy and happy kids are when they can ride or walk to school.

The students all rode, walked or ran from Legion Park up two pretty big hills to get to school. The best part for me was the determination in their faces as they reached the top of the last hill and turned into the school. Big smiles and big eyes greeted us as we cheered the students onto their final destination. Once at school, the campus was buzzing with excited and really happy kids.

Huge thanks to physical education teacher Christine Gilliard-Arthur who champions Safe Routes to School in her classroom through pedestrian and bicycle education and in the school culture. When I arrived at the school, teachers were wearing Safe Routes to School t-shirts and the principal, Mrs. Susan Holiday was wheeling her bike out of school to head down to the Legion Park for the event. Physical Education Instructional Supervisor Amy Wiley was there to support the event from the school district.

County Executive Rushern Baker with Maryland Park Bicycles cyclists, Safety Bear and Christine Arthur-Gilliard and Amy Wiley.

County Executive Rushern Baker with Maryland Park Bicycles cyclists, Safety Bear Amy Wiley and Christine Gilliard-Arthur.

This was not just a school event, it was a community event. Town of Cheverly Mayor Michael Callahan and Council Members RJ Eldridge and Mary Jane Coolen joined the students as well as Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. County Executive Baker noted the culture at Gladys Noon Spellman was special and the event was a success! Town of Cheverly Policy escorted the about 200 students who took over the streets on their trip to school!

Continuing the community commitment, cyclists from Maryland Park Bicycles also joined the students as escorts to ensure another level of safety. With a group this large, there are never too many eyes!

The Safe Routes to School movement at Gladys Noon Spellman was started in 2010 through the Greater Washington network with Tori Rhoulac-Smith working with the school as the Safe Routes to School coordinator. The initiative was then funded through Maryland Safe Routes to School. As Tori noted this morning, Safe Routes to School is now part of the culture. As the funding wraps up for the coordinator, bike education through physical education class will continue as will the commitment of the school and district staff and the community. We should all be inspired by the story of Gladys Noon Spellman-they have recognized the importance of being healthy and that walking and bicycling to school is part of their health. The entire school community has embraced Safe Routes to School and will sustain the movement!

Congrats again to the entire Gladys Noon Spellman community!

Successful Takoma Park 5K for Safe Routes to School!

This past Sunday, Takoma Park was alive and hopping at 8 a.m. for the Takoma Park Safe Routes to School 5K race! With over 800 race participants, the event was a huge success and will support pedestrian and bicycle education in the five Takoma Park schools. Students have been preparing for the race for 6 weeks by participating in a running club that also focuses on being safe while walking

Getting ready for the 1 mile Fun Run!

Getting ready for the 1 mile Fun Run!

and bicycling to school. While many elementary school students joined the full 5K there was also a crowded start line for the 1 mile fun run. To hear from the community and Takoma Park Safe Routes to School Coordinator Lucy Neher check out their coverage on ABC.

I was a 5K participant this year and have to say that the community participation and dedication to Safe Routes to School was phenomenal! A huge congrats to Takoma Park Safe Routes to School Coordinator Lucy Neher and her committee. Each of the Takoma Park schools is represented by at least one volunteer and last year schools earned close to $4,500! The 5K is not only a community awareness event for safe walking and bicycling but then actually provides funds to support walking and bicycling at the school.

Congrats Takoma Park!!

Learning to walk in the middle of the crosswalk!

Learning to walk in the middle of the crosswalk!

It was also great to see the Montgomery County Safe Routes to School program out at the race with Blair High School students teaching kids to cross properly at the crosswalk! At the Takoma Park 5K you were able to get in your physical activity AND learn to be safe all before 10 a.m.!

2013 Webinars Announced!

The first two webinars of 2013 are now scheduled! Please join us to hear about the multi-modal successes and strategies in the  City of Alexandria and Montgomery County.

Prioritizing walking and bicycling in the City of Alexandria

The City of Alexandria has a long standing commitment to multi-modal transportation, Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School. Hear from their Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, Carrie Sanders, about City’s approach to multi-modal streets in the city and around schools. A case study about Charles Barrett Elementary School and the complexity of bringing multiple stakeholders together will be presented. Then hear about the City’s next steps to ensure pedestrian and bicycle facilities are considered at an early stage of new development. The new Transportation Guidelines for New Development are currently being developed and will ensure a multi-modal approach.

Date: May 15th
Time: 10 a.m. ET
Webinar link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/899433525
Phone number:
Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended.
Or, call in using your telephone: (619) 550-0000
Access Code: 899-433-525
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 899-433-525

Montgomery County’s approach to pedestrian safety

Pedestrian safety has been prioritized by the County Executive in Montgomery County. Learn about the multifaceted approach which includes data utilization, road audits, targeted infrastructure improvements paired with education, Safe Routes to School and a partnership with law enforcement.

Date: June 5th

Details TBA!