Act now: Funding for bicycling and walking needs your support

On September 17th, the U.S. House Transportation Committee will be voting on the transportation bill. One of the issues they’ll be debating is whether or not to continue the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which is the main source of funding for bicycling and walking. Act now: contact your Member of Congress to ask them to support sustain TAP without funding cuts or policy changes. With your help, we can keep TAP robust. Each year, hundreds of millions of dollars are awarded to build sidewalks, bike lanes, Safe Routes to School and trails. In addition, the program gives cities the power to choose the projects that best meet local needs. Bicycling and walking are affordable transportation options that improve safety, make neighborhoods more livable and improve the economic competitiveness of our cities and towns. TAP is less than 2 percent of the entire transportation bill-a small price to pay to support thousands of bicycling and walking projects across the nation in cities, towns and rural areas. Thank you for your help in asking Congress to sustain TAP....

Future federal funding for SRTS in jeopardy- Contact your Senator

At a time when bicycling and walking represents 12 percent of all trips, dozens of cities are added bike sharing and thousands of schools are implementing Safe Routes to School programs, some in Congress want to take away the small amount of funding Congress invests in bicycling and walking. We need YOUR help to make sure that Congress doesn’t cut the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding in the next transportation bill.  TAP helps local communities build sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more.  States and cities rely on the funding from TAP to support Safe Routes to School initiatives throughout the country.  Without TAP, hundreds of millions of dollars for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking projects would evaporate. Fortunately, Senators Cochran (R-MS) and Cardin (D-MD) are teaming up to champion bipartisan support for TAP.  Their new bill, S. 705, the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act, would help make sure that Congress continues to invest a small share of federal transportation dollars in Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking.  It would also make small changes to strengthen the program—such as making nonprofits eligible, shifting more money to the local level and reducing regulatory burden—and increase funding by 30 percent. Additional background on the bill is on our website- http://saferoutespartnership.org/national/action Please ask your Senators to speak up for TAP by cosponsoring S. 705. With your help, we can build the momentum we need to sustain the Transportation Alternatives Program in the next transportation bill.  The Senate may consider its transportation reauthorization bill in late April—so having the support of your Senators now is essential.  Ask your Senator: Speak Up for Safe Routes to School...

Bundle Up!! Dressing for winter walking and playing!

Cold start to the first week back from break.  But, this is Wisconsin, and with the proper clothing it is safe to walk and play outside. TIPS FOR DRESSING FOR WINTER WALKING Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth Wear warm, waterproof boots Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind Wear clothing or carry backpacks with reflective material – it’s important to be seen If possible, change wet clothes at school – pack an extra pair of socks and mitts Great article on NPR this week “Four Reasons to Go Outdoors During Wisconsin’s Arctic Weather” : http://wuwm.com/post/four-reasons-go-outdoors-during-wisconsins-arctic-weather  ...

DATE CHANGE- DISTRICT SRTS MEETING

Because of the anticipated colder temperatures on Wednesday (and possibility that after school activities may be cancelled), the SRTS meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, January 7th has been moved to Wednesday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Fisher Building. AGENDA: 1.  WI Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week- Jan 12-16th  (yes, this is next week).  If possible, consider having students make thank you cards for the crossing guards. 2.  WI Winter Walk to School Day- Wednesday, February 4th. 3.  Cold weather walking, updates. 4.  City...

Reminder- McKinley -Whitman Planning Grant Findings meeting

Over the past year, a group of parents, community members, and City and County officials have been working to identify opportunities to improve safety for students that walk or bike to Whitman Middle School.  This group has been especially focused on improving the connection between the McKinley neighborhood and Whitman. Now that we have prepared preliminary recommendations, please join us at a community meeting to hear about what we have learned, changes that are already occurring, and additional ideas for short and long-term improvements. When: Wednesday,  December 10th, 2014  6:00 to 8:00 pm Where: McKinley Elementary School, Multi- purpose...