Our mission is to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from school, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) launched in August 2005 and is a fast-growing network of hundreds of organizations. Our mission is to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from school, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.tions, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, leverage infrastructure and program funding and advance policy change to help agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs.
Recognizing that Safe Routes to School is about community and therefore is a community commitment, the National Partnership started the regional network project in 2010 with funding from Kaiser Permanente. The regional network project builds upon the state network project started in 2007 in nine states and the District of Columbia and continues today in seven states. Both the regional and state networks focus on policy that ensures safe walking and bicycling for the entire community. The Greater Washington Region joins Southern California, the San Francisco Bay area and Atlanta as sites for the regional network project.
The Greater Washington region network works within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The purpose of the network is to bring together advocates, schools, health, transportation and planning professionals to support walking and bicycling policy within communities to create a region where walking and bicycling are safe and convenient.