Happy 2012 and Looking Forward to 2013

Thanks to all of you that have helped continue the successes of the Greater Washington region Safe Routes to School network in 2012. This year we were able to reach out to new parts of the Greater Washington region and strengthen ties with those we had worked with previously.

The year is ending strong with SEVEN case studies and fact sheets about communities in our region and how they are tackling Safe Routes to IMG_8757School and walking and bicycling infrastructure. It is important that we learn from our neighbors and adopt policies in our own communities to make walking and bicycling safe.

Thanks to those of you who completed the end of the year survey. I appreciate your honest feedback. I am available any time to discuss how the Greater Washington network can better meet your needs. The results of the survey show that policy change to promote active transportation and educating on the importance of policy is valued and helps you in your work.

When asked how the Greater Washington network could further help in your work, you said direct technical assistance on specific issues facing your community and coordinating a regional meeting on Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling.  Look for more information on technical assistance and a regional meeting in 2013.

As for me, I am most proud to note that two communities in the region applied for first-time Safe Routes to School funding; we have a regional Complete Streets policy; Wolf Trap Elementary School was features on Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play; and I am working in almost every county and several towns and cities on next steps for policy to support walking in bicycling.

Cheers to 2013!