Keynote Announced! 2014 Safe Routes to School Regional Meeting


Mark Fenton leading a workshop in Minneapolis, MN.

Mark Fenton will keynote at the 2014 Safe Routes to School Regional Meeting

The 2014 Safe Routes to School Regional Meeting will feature Mark Fenton, a nationally recognized expert in public health, planning and transportation. In addition to other accomplishments, Mark was a developer of the University of North Carolina’s Safe Routes to School clearinghouse and facilitator for the walkable community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking.

Save the Date!
2014 Safe Routes to School Regional Meeting
October 28, 2014
8:o0 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.                                                                                                
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

The 2014 regional meeting is again being sponsored by the Greater Washington DC Safe Routes to School Regional Network and the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee.

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

Fire Up Your Feet Fall Challenge, Get Moving and Win!

This fall, Fire Up Your Feet is awarding more than $100,000 to K-8 schools across the country to support Safe Routes to School and other health and wellness programs. With awards in several categories, schools have even more chances to win. If you already have a Safe Routes to School program at your school, you are ahead of the game!

Read below to find out about some of the awards that schools could win for the awesome work that they’re doing to help get kids moving safely to and from school, and take the next step by signing up at today!

PeopleForBikes Awards
Thanks to generous support from our partner PeopleForBikes, we are pleased to offer an award honoring dedication to bicycling to school. The school in each region that tracks the most bicycling minutes during the Challenge will win a $500 award and a package of bicycling products and discounts. 

Fire Up Your Walk to School Day Awards
In each region, schools with a minimum of 25 walkers at the end of the Challenge will be entered into a drawing for Fire Up Your Walk to School Awards ranging from $100 to $500. Check out our Fire Up Your Walk to School Day Award promotion tipsheet for more information. 

Fire Up Your Feet Awards 
Fire Up Your Feet awards ranging from $200 to $5,000 are available in:
CaliforniaColoradoHawaiiMarylandMetro AtlantaNew HampshireOregonSouthwest WashingtonWisconsinVirginia or Washington DC. Please click on each highlighted state or region for details.

Weekly Breakout Challenge Awards
In addition to the awards listed above, schools can compete for weekly Breakout Challenge awards in a variety of categories. Visit your state or region’s website for details about the Breakout Challenges.

New and Updated Resources
With simplified tracking and new and updated resources, there’s never been a better day to get Fired Up! Check out our how-to videos, newsletter text, flyers and sample letters to help get the word out among your local Safe Routes to School partners. For additional assistance, please contact

Pedestrian Safety Step Routine

Check out the pedestrian safety step routine by the Port Towns Youth Council (PTYC) Wellness Ambassadors!   The PTYC took the four pedestrian safety tips from the Prince George’s County Healthcare Action Coalition Pedestrian Safety Workgroup and made then into a really cool step routine. Leave it to the PTYC to make pedestrian safety cool! See other posts about the awesome work of the Port Towns Youth Council!




Capitol Heights Becomes First Municipality in Prince George’s County (MD) to Adopt Complete Streets Policy

On July 28, 2014, Capitol Heights became the first municipality in Prince George’s County (MD) to adopt a Complete Streets policy. Mayor Marnitta King led the effort, stating, “”Having Complete Streets in Capitol Heights is essential to moving our changing Town forward.  We have to make sure that all residents are safe in their abilities to traverse the thoroughfares as they travel the Town!” The Town’s policy leads off with a strong vision and heralding its unique position in the County, “As a gateway to our nation’s capital, and a vibrant, urban community, it is the vision of the Town of Capitol Heights, to create a community in which all residents and visitors, regardless of their age, ability, or financial resources, can safely and efficiently use the public right-of-way to meet their transportation needs regardless of their preferred mode of travel.”

Capitol Heights WelcomeMayor King and colleague Councilman Darrell Miller attended the May 2014 Complete Streets workshop sponsored by the Greater Washington DC Safe Routes to School Regional (Greater Washington DC network) Network and the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic. This workshop featured a nationally certified Complete Streets trainer, as well as a panel of local experts from Maryland State Highway Administration, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, and Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation. At the workshop, participants were introduced to the concept of Complete Streets, and equipped with tools and resources to support their effort to advance a policy in their municipality within six months. Following the workshop, Mayor King participated in “office hours” phone calls, and worked with Greater Washington DC network and HEAL on various drafts of the policy.

Both the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign and the Greater Washington DC network applaud Mayor King and the Town of Capitol Heights for passing a strong Complete Streets policy, and encourage other Prince George’s County municipalities to do the same.

This blog is cross posted on the HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign blog.