The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has released the organization's final 2011–2015 Strategic Plan (PDF, 1.8 MB).
How can we encourage more community-centered schools or in other words "get safe routes to school the first time around"?
On Mon., March 15th, Secretary Ray LaHood announced a new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations.
Secretary LaHood announced policy revisions with the following statement, "I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized."
Currently, Safe Routes to School programs throughout the 50 states and the District of Columbia have announced spending commitments for approximately 80 percent of the funds available to states. All 50 states have announced funding for local and/or statewide SRTS programs, and more than 4,000 schools are participating in state-funded SRTS programs.
In February 2008, the Solano Transportation Authority Board in Suisun City, California, approved a countywide Safe Routes to School plan and approved the creation of a $240,000 pilot funding program.