Bill Sadler is the new Washington DC regional policy manager! Bill has worked with local and regional stakeholders to develop programs and policies for improving transit service, increasing funding for active transportation and creating equitable transit-oriented development. Read more about Bill on our national website. Bill is taking over for Christine Green who has decided to become a full-time mom. Read Christine’s parting thoughts about the Greater Washington network on our regional blog.
Feel free to reach out to Bill to introduce yourself and find a time to connect about the work going on in your community, and how the National Partnership can continue to help. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 732-4007.
Dear Greater Washington DC Safe Routes to School Partners,
As I am transitioning to be a full-time parent, I wanted to take this time to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to Safe Routes to School and walking and bicycling in the greater Washington DC region. I am really proud of the work we have accomplished and it has been a little hard to let it go!
While there are many accomplishments I could list, none of them would be possible without all of the great community partners. Through these partners I have seen the excitement of Walk and Bike to School Days, the tireless commitment to show up at meetings even if the process feels never ending and the ability to chart a path forward no matter the real or perceived barriers. I have truly enjoyed being part of your community, your work and your passion.
Everyone should take a moment to congratulate themselves. We so often forget to celebrate our success especially since the next thing is always waiting for us. But your community and the region is a more multi-modal, healthier and safer place because of your work.
Please do not lose the momentum! Bill Sadler is the new regional policy manager and is on board. I will be finishing the transition in a part-time capacity until the beginning of October. I have really enjoyed transitioning the work to Bill, he is ready to go and would love to work with you! Please reach out to introduce him to your community and welcome him. I look forward to hearing many more fabulous stories from the greater Washington network in the future!
If you would like to keep in touch, you can find me on LinkedIn. I will still be an advocate for all the issues we care about. In a few years, I hope to be the parent organizing Walk and Bike to School Days!
Join us on October 28th to talk about all things Safe Routes to School! We are very excited to have Mark Fenton as the keynote speaker. Mark is a national expert in public health, planning and transportation. He has lots of experience and expertise in Safe Routes to School as well as an unparalleled amount of energy! He will be first on agenda to energize us for the day!
Safe Routes to School Regional Meeting
October 28, 2014
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
777 North Capitol Street NE, Training Center, First Floor
accessible via the Metro Red Line to Union Station and a short 3 block walk!
8:00am Networking breakfast
8:30am Mark Fenton Keynote “Taking Safe Routes to School to the Next Level”
10:00am Safe Routes to School Best Practices from the Greater Washington Region
11:30am Adjourn and join a friend for lunch at Union Station
The event is free but registration is required. Register now!
Would you like to share your Safe Routes to School story with the region?
Last year, you told us you loved hearing stories from across the region about Safe Routes to School programs. If you have something to share, please take 5 minutes to submit your Safe Routes to School program to be considered for a presentation at the 2014 Regional Meeting.
Call for Presenters: 2014 Safe Routes to School Regional Meeting
In a great collaborative partnership, Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) worked together to examine the health impacts of a proposed transit center in the Richmond Highway corridor. The resulting Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is now available.
HIA is a systematic process that uses an array of data sources and analytic methods and considers input from stakeholders to determine the potential effects of a proposed policy, plan, program, or project on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population.
The HIA explains that Richmond Highway is an important artery that connects major commercial, residential, and recreational points in Northern Virginia. It bisects the southeastern region of Fairfax County which is one of the most economically disadvantaged and transit dependent areas of the county. A new transit center along with Richmond Highway Corridor has been proposed to improve access to transportation and enhance existing bus services currently provided by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The HIA looked at two sites under consideration for the transit center.
In October 2012, 15-year-old Christina Morris-Ward was struck and killed as she distractedly crossed the street on her way to Seneca Valley High School in Germantown. Last week, Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Montgomery County Public Schools were at Seneca Valley HIgh School to announce their YOLO (You Only Live Once) education program to reduce pedestrian crashes involving teens.
This high school focused campaign adapts the regional Street Smart “Tired Faces” campaign, a public safety campaign focused on safe walking, bicycling and driving targeted at adults. Messages such as “Smart phones can make you do stupid things.”and “This song is to die for.” call attention to distracted walking and walking with earphones in while crossing the street. The campaign uses the hashtag #YOLOwalksafe.
All resources in the online toolkit, including posters and a toolkit of pedestrian safety campaign ideas for teens are available for FREE on the Montgomery County Public Schools website.
MCDOT has been engaging high schools with pedestrian safety campaigns since 2012 with their “Hey You, I ‘m Looking at You” pedestrian safety campaign at Blair High School. Collision data from around Blair High School showed that those under 20 years of age and those over 50 have been involved in all collisions, mostly during daylight hours. In the 2013-2014 school year, the “Walk Your Way” program encouraged teens to apply for $2,000 grants to create, design, and implement their own pedestrian safety campaign at their school. More about their pedestrian safety program is available on their website.