Getting There Together: A Message from the Director

(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) January 26, 2015 - The New Year is off to an exciting start here at the National Center. Last week we announced the winners of the National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads Mini-Grant program. These grants will provide $1,000 to twenty five schools across the country in an effort to support communities and families in encouraging safe bicycling and helmet practices. We are very excited to be working with Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads program to help fund these communities in their bicycle and helmet safety efforts and look forward to seeing all the fantastic work they accomplish. To see the full list of the mini-grant recipients and their programs, visit our website.

Coming in February, the National Center will publish the 2014 Trends Report, revealing more encouraging findings for Safe Routes to School. This follow up study to the National Center’s Trends in Walking and Bicycling to School: Take aways for Building Successful Programs report released in 2013, shows an even greater increase in walking and bicycling to school and an increase in schools’ support for walking and bicycling efforts. We are happy to know that Safe Routes continues to play an important role in supporting communities’ active and safe transportation.   

Winter is in full swing for many parts of the country and some states with cold winters are celebrating the season by walking to school. Vermont and Maine will be holding a Winter Walk Day on February 4th to help encourage children and families to enjoy the outdoors and have fun during all seasons of the year. If you’d like more information or are interested in registering your school, please visit

After celebrating another successful International Walk to School Day in October, planning is now underway for National Bike to School Day on May 6th. We look forward to seeing how many communities and families come together for this fourth annual event which has seen amazing growth in participation every year.  See the full article for details.