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 February, 2017 Enewsletter

For questions or comments, feel free to contact me at kate@saferoutespartnership.org!

AT FUNDING WEBINAR TOMORROW – REGISTER TODAY! 
Want to learn more about the AT Funding opportunity due March 3?  Register for the Ohio Safe Routes Network webinar!
Learn about this new funding application and how your community can apply to expand your local active transportation options and programs.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 2-3pm EST
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4896742484718187777
Featured Speakers:
Julie Walcoff, Ohio Department of Transportation, Active Transportation Program Manager
Caitlin Harley, Ohio Department of Health, Healthy Places Coordinator

FUNDING/GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
NEW!  AAP Bicycle Helmet Application:
Opened January 31, 2017, Closes March 3, 2017 Click here for the application.
The Ohio AAP is excited to once again provide bike helmets to organizations participating in Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Month – May 2017. Helmets are provided based upon available funding, number of applications, and need of each community/organization. Completion of an application is not a guarantee to receive helmets. Notification of bike helmet awards will be made using the email in the application no later than the week of March 20, 2017. If you have any questions about this application or prior to the notification of awards, please contact Hayley Southworth at hsouthworth@ohioaap.org.

NEW! The Child Injury Action Group (CIAG) Pilot Project Grants – Due by noon on February 10, 2017
The application for CIAG Pilot Projects (formerly known as mini-grants) is now open!  Up to 5 grants will be awarded for up to $6,000 each.  These proposals must be Policy, System or Environmental Change focused.  The RFP is available at http://ohiociag.org/.    CIAG is an action group of the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership and consists of representatives from various disciplines including: children’s hospitals, local health departments, businesses, state agencies, professional associations and universities.

AT Funding Round Open: Opened January 3, 2017, Closes March 3, 2017. Click here and then AT Funding Application”
As part of the Ohio Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is offering $1.7 M in state and federal Highway Safety Funds to support safe, active transportation. Each focus area (Education, Policy, Infrastructure and Data Collection) aligns with the SHSP Active Transportation Plan Check out the application guidance for details and information.

Safe Routes to School Application Round Open: Opened January 3, 2017, Closes March 3, 2017. Click here and then “SRTS Funding Application” 
The online application updated, note THE new (but easily) referenced health data needed. School Travel Plan assistance may be requested through your ODOT District SRTS Coordinator. Contact your SRTS District Coordinator with any questions.

2017 Ohio Safe Routes Academy workshops and training!
Ohio is one of the few states that offer FREE training, workshops and resources to communities, schools, health departments and other government jurisdictions to advance active transportation education, planning, programs and enforcement –  Take advantage by applying for a Safe Routes Academy workshop or training – the application is easy, and the resources and training are top-notch!  To learn more and apply, visit the Ohio Department of Transportation LTAP/Safe Routes Academy page today!

AROUND OHIO
Do you have a regional or statewide active transportation, physical activity or equity event you want to promote?  Send Kate (kate@saferoutespartnership.org) an email with information by the last day of each month for possible inclusion in this newsletter!

6th Annual Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Summit: March 11, 2017, 8am-4pm, Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark
Connect kids with nature and learn how you can help children and families discover the benefits of unstructured outdoor play.   for more information visit metroparks.org or call 937-275-PARK. Free for parents, teachers and healthcare professionals, registration required.  Deadline is March 11, 2017.

Miami Valley Cycling Summit: May 5, 2017 ~ Wright State University
The Miami Valley Cycling Summit aims to use the power of cycling to drive economic development in communities both large and small throughout the region. This year’s theme is “Cycling Attracts.” Join us on May 5, 2017 in Dayton, Ohio. http://cyclingsummit.com/

Ohio’s Inaugural Civil Rights Symposium:Diversity, Inclusion and Transportation – April 11-12, 2017, Columbus
Ohio’s first-ever Civil Rights Symposium for Transportation will explore the value that diversity and inclusion brings to both the industry and the state. During this two-day event, thought leaders from business, government, and academia will lead discussions on issues related to contracting, business development, regulatory compliance, and the future of transportation. The Civil Rights Symposium will give advantage to all attendees as we meet the challenges and opportunities of today, and prepare for tomorrow. To learn more or to register, visit here.

NATIONAL NEWS & RESOURCES
National Complete Streets Coalition is Seeking Policies Passed in 2016
Has your community passed a Complete Streets policy? The National Complete Streets Coalition is collecting city, county, regional, and state policies for documentation in our Policy Atlas and Inventory and our Best Complete Streets Policies reports. Any policy passed before December 31, 2016 may be considered for our Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016 report. Please send a PDF copy of your policy to Mary Eveleigh.

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING RESOURCES – Active Schools Fundraising (ASF) Information and Webinars
Active Schools Fundraising (ASF) provides the online platform where you create a school group/program team page and personalized student or family fundraising pages. Create your activity, then customize your page and select emails to send to friends and family – and before you know it you have reached your goal!  ASF Partners offer additional ways to earn stuff for your school – The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting four ASF Sponsor webinars to learn more about them: Stand2Learn (February 7th), mybackpacktags (February 8th), Sportime featuring SPARK (February 8th), and Skillastics (February 9th). To learn more about this resource and register for the webinars visit the website here.

January, 2017 Enewsletter

For questions or comments, feel free to contact me at kate@saferoutespartnership.org!

Ohio Engineering Summits – The Future of Yes!
The Ohio Departments of Transportation and Health are hosting free Engineering Summits supporting active Transportation in Ohio for engineers, planners, health professionals, government officials and advocates. Topics will include design for multiple modes; the connection between land use, transportation and public health; safety and Vision Zero; and federal support for design flexibility Register here today, for either summit, spots will fill up fast!
January 31, 2017 8am-12:30pm – Columbus, The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road
February 1, 2017, 8am-12:30pm – Toledo, TMACOG, 300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, (3rd Floor)

Safe Routes to School – Tally Sheets and Parent Surveys Submissions
The Ohio Department of Transportation now has online access to submit your school’s Tally Sheets and Parent surveys!  Survey forms are now housed on an ODOT site and can be completed electronically. Communities developing a school travel plan are required to complete in-class student travel tallies and parent surveys. Communities already involved with SRTS should update them every three years. (This is a requirement when applying for funds three years after the initial information was provided.)

Start planning your 2017 Ohio Safe Routes Academy workshops and training, get ready for the next school year!
Plan your professional development and active transportation safety programs today for later this year – Ohio is one of the few states that offer FREE training, workshops and resources to communities, schools, health departments and other government jurisdictions to advance active transportation education, planning, programs and enforcement –  Crossing Guard Training, Walking School Bus Training, How to Conduct a Walk Audit, Safety in Active Transportation Planning, School Travel Plan Development, Girls In Gear, SRTS Lesson Plans, Policy Development and Non-Infrastructure Toolkit workshops are available! Take advantage by applying for a Safe Routes Academy workshop or training – the application is easy, and the resources and training are top-notch!  To learn more and apply, visit the Ohio Department of Transportation LTAP/Safe Routes Academy page today!

FUNDING/GRANT OPPORTUNITIES and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Safe Routes to School Application Round Open: Opened January 3, 2017, Closes March 3, 2017. Click here and then “SRTS Funding Application” 
The online application updated, note THE new (but easily) referenced health data needed. School Travel Plan assistance may be requested through your ODOT District SRTS Coordinator. Contact your SRTS District Coordinator with any questions.

NEW!  AT Funding Round Open: Opened January 3, 2017, Closes March 3, 2017. Click here and then AT Funding Application”
As part of the Ohio Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is offering $1.7 M in state and federal Highway Safety Funds to support safe, active transportation. Each focus area (Education, Policy, Infrastructure and Data Collection) aligns with the SHSP Active Transportation Plan Check out the application guidance for details and information.

OEPA – Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) 2017 opportunity – start planning now: The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) invites applications for mini grants ($500 – $5000) and general grants ($5,000 – $50,000) for education projects targeting pre-school through university students and teachers, the general public and the regulated community.  General grant projects may include those that projects that demonstrate and encourage the reduction of air emissions, including, but not limited to, promotion of alternative modes of transportation.  The next 2017 grant cycle is due in July and new application guidelines for 2017 are posted at http://www.epa.ohio.gov/oee.

Smart Growth America has modified and extended the opportunity for communities to apply for Complete Streets Consortium technical assistance. Applications are open until Feb. 2.

OHIO LEGISLATION
House Bill 154 Passes, signed into law!  Ohio motorists will need to keep 3 feet in mind when passing Ohio bicyclists beginning March 19, 2017. The new law will define the “safe distance” by which Ohio motorists must pass bicyclists as at least 3 feet, and permit any Ohio vehicle to proceed through an intersection after stopping and yielding right-of-way, even when not detected by the device meant to move the signal from red to green. The Ohio Bicycle Federation has worked since 2009 for passage of a 3-foot passing clearance bill.

NATIONAL RESOURCES
Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy
Created as part of the Ladders of Opportunity Initiative at the US Department of Transportation, the Leadership Academy provides key background information and tools for emerging transportation leaders and other stakeholders who have limited experience with the transportation decision-making process. Check out the video, toolkit, and guides here!

FHWA Released Memo – MUTCD Clarifications of Existing Standards and Guidance on New and Innovative Traffic Control Devices
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released this memorandum January 5, 2017 to clarify the status of seveal types of traffic control devisces currenlty allowed for use by the 2009 MUTCD for Streets and Highways (MUTCD), including bike lane markings through intersections, high visibility crosswalk markings, shared-lane markings, bike sign markings and more!

Safe Routes to School Walking School Bus Toolkit and Webinar
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has a new Walking School Bus toolkit available for free download, and recently held a webinar to walk you through the planning and implementation process – check it out here!

NEW! Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide
To better serve the communities we work in, Alta Planning + Design, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, National Association of Counties, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, is excited to announce the release of the guide to Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks. The new guide fulfills the need and desire to make travel safer and more active in small and rural communities, with visualizations and flexible design guidance and solutions for contemporary walking and biking facilities.

NEWS to KNOW
Dangerous By Design is Back! Smart Growth America released Dangerous By Design 2016, the newest ranking of the most dangerous places in the country to be a pedestrian. The 2016 edition of the report details where fatal collisions happened between 2005 and 2014, and the people who are most vulnerable. Check out the full rankings,interactive maps of collisions and a recorded version of our kickoff webinar.

Safety Patrols: A Student Active Transportation Leadership Opportunity: Student safety patrol programs are a great way to foster leadership and create safer walking environments on school property, and complement Crossing Guard and Walking School Bus programs – contact your AAA Safety Patrol program to learn about program available at your school, or visit the AAA Safety Patrol website.

Safe Routes to School: “This Video Illustrates the Absurdity of Driving Your Kids to School”  An eye opener!

HEALTH: Ohio’s healthy food financing initiative, and safe routes to school in Minnesota and Oregon are featured in this 2015-16 highlight video from Voices for Healthy Kids – check it out!

OCTOBER, 2014 SAFE ROUTES NEWSLETTER

Feel free to pass along to your networks, colleagues and communities! 

 OHIO WORKSHOPS, MEETINGS, TRAINING and CONFERENCE

 BIKE/PED STATE SUMMIT Save the Date: 2014 ODOT Bike/Ped Summit, November 4, 2014, Ohio Department of Transportation; Columbus, Ohio

Join us for this ODOT Summit to promote bicycling and walking in Ohio. The day-long summit is geared toward advocates, planning organizations, consultants and all of our active transportation partners. To register, visit www.bike.ohio.gov or www.walk.ohio.gov.

OHIO ALL NETWORK MEETING: November 13, 10am-12 noon at Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, Center for Regional Cooperationheld in person and via GoToWebinar – register here, or RSVP at kate@saferoutespartnership.

SCHOOL WELLNESS/SHARED USE/SRTS POLICIES: Wellness, Shared Use and SRTS Policy Workshop: Wednesday, October 22 8am-4pm in Marion: School wellness policies are a way to incorporate physical activity, including shared use and active transportation policy, into the school districts and buildings. Marion Co. Creating Healthy Communities hosting a Ohio School Wellness Team Training and Safe Routes to School/Shared Use Training – visit http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/events/event/218 to learn more and to register.

Apply to Host the Next Safe Routes to School National Conference:

he National Partnership is so pleased to announce we are accepting applications to host the 2015-16 Safe Routes to School National Conference. Join past host cities like Sacramento, Minneapolis, Portland and Dearborn in showing off your city and state’s Safe Routes to School programs, bicycling and walking infrastructure, and healthy community design initiatives to conference attendees. Learn more by reading ourRequests for Proposals. Applications are due by November 12, 2014.

 Shared Use

Shared Use Clearinghouse: If your community is developing shared use policies, programs or resources, make sure Ohio is well represented in the national Shared Use Clearinghouse, by emailing Kate at kate@saferoutespartnership.org.  She can help document best practices, have policies and agreements uploaded to the site, and provide assistance with policy and agreement development.

Lunch & Learns Archived: To learn more about different types of shared use applications and support in Ohio, check out the Shared Use Lunch & Learn webinar series, archived on the Ohio Safe Routes Network website at https://saferoutesoh.wordpress.com/new-ohio-workshops/ – recordings, presentations and resources are listed.

Open the Doors for Health – Ohio is in the home stretch on clarifying liability coverage for schools entering into shared use agreements – to learn more, or for some great resources and new video on shared use in Ohio, visit Open the Doors for Health website, and enter to win prizes for sharing your story or picture! Supported by the American Heart Association and Voices for Healthy Kids.

 COMPLETE STREETS/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Ohio’s First Protected Bike Lane is in Cincinnati: October 9, 2014, UrbanCincy – Learn how your community can plan their own:

Coming Soon: The Federal Highway Administration and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center will soon release “Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide” which was produced for FHWA by a team led by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center in conjunction with Sam Schwartz Engineering and Kittelson & Associates, Inc. The guide will be available for download at: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org.

SAVE THE DATE: Safety in Active Transportation: Planning & Progress Workshop: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10am-2:30pm,  Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus.  This working workshop and forum will guide attendees through the new Ohio Department of Transportation’s “Active Transportation Plan Guide”, a step-by-step blueprint towards obtaining safer access for all users of the road through the active transportation planning process.

Take a Survey: Study about Bicycling and Safety: Please take part in an anonymous survey for a research study about bicycling practices and bicycling accidents. The survey will take only about 15-20 minutes to fill out.To go to the survey, please use this link: http://survey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eXRDaDI9sn3TrrT

AARP Livability Fact Sheet series, written in partnership with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, includes topics such as Bicycling, Economic Development, Revitalization Without Displacement, Sidewalks, Traffic Calming and more!

WEBINAR: Oct. 30, 2014: Off-road Bicycle Facilities: Supported by FHWA and the pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, this webinar will illustrate how the design of off-road facilities can improve bicycle safety. Attendees will learn the basics of pathway design including speed, width, clearance, grade, railings, and intersection/mid-block crossings. To register or to view the archives from this webinar series, go to http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/webinars.

BIKESAFE updated: Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System, providing the latest information for improving the safety and mobility of bicyclists. The new version, which was completed under a contract with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, VHB, and Toole Design Group, features 46 engineering countermeasures and 34 case studies highlighting how communities successfully improved bicyclist safety. BIKESAFE is comprised of four sections: A guide of basic information, specific countermeasure details, case studies, and an expert system tool for countermeasure selection, and it is among the many tools being unveiled as part of DOT’s Safer People, Safer Streets initiative to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Like its pedestrian counterpart, the latest version of BIKESAFE is only available online and can be accessed at http://www.pedbikesafe.org/bikesafe.

Food For Thought: The many reasons millennials are shunning cars, By Emily Badger October 14 2014, Washingtonpost.com

 Walk to School Day/Safe Routes to School

 Ohio has 101 events registered through Oct. 31, is yours one? Organize and register a Walk to School Day event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. If you’re new to Walk to School Day, learn more at www.walkbiketoschool.org/getting-started. If you’ve already got Walk to School Day experience under your belt, we hope you’ll take a moment to register your event. Email photos or articles to kate@saferoutespartnership.org and they could get posted on the Ohio Safe Routes Network Facebook Page (make sure it is ok before you send them!)

Walk to School Day Participation Sets a New Record – from the National Center for Safe Routes to School

 The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Release Informational Brief on Funding Match Requirements – Ohio has a significant part in the document!

FACT SHEETS From ChangeLab Solutions: Managing Risk When Setting Up a Crossing Guard Program and Get Out and Get Moving – understanding the applicability and legal implications of remote drop-off programs.

WEBINAR: Wednesday, October 29, 1-2pmEST: Integrating Safe Routes to School into the Fabric of Your Community: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan, National Center for Safe Routes to School

 GRANTS/FUNDING OPPORTUNTIES

School Bike Program Mini-Grant Applications DUE Wed. October 22: The National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads program are teaming up to provide $1,000 mini-grants to 25 schools across the country. Applications are due Wednesday, Oct. 22 and award winners will be announced in December. The mini-grant activities should occur between Jan. 1, 2015, and the end of the spring, 2015, semester. For more information or to apply online, visit the National Center for Safe Routes to School website atwww.saferoutesinfo.org/mini-grants-app

Voices for Healthy Kids Funding: Are you working to make sure all children have access to playgrounds, bike lanes, parks and other opportunities to be physically active? Voices for Healthy Kids can support you.   Voices for Healthy Kids is providing funding to coalitions to advance coordinated issue advocacy campaigns focused on ending childhood obesity. “Active Places” is one of our priority areas. Campaigns working on policy to support statewide Safe Routes to School programs or promote “complete streets” initiatives may be eligible for funding. Applicants must be a nonprofit organization with the ability to lobby, and applications should focus on individual campaigns seeking public policy change at the state, local or tribal level. Visit Voices for Healthy Kids to learn more and apply.

Deadline FRIDAY! Advocacy Advance, a partnership of the League and Alliance for Biking & Walking, is awarding $30,000 in grants to organizations that are pushing forward on some of the most important areas of bicycling and walking advocacy. “Big Ideas” Grants are intended to help with unforeseen opportunities, short-term campaigns or to push campaigns into the end zone to win funding for biking and walking infrastructure and programs. Applications are sought in four areas: equity, safety / Vision Zero, health / walking and innovative  local or state funding campaigns. Read more and apply here — the deadline is Friday, October 17!

 


 

SEPTEMBER 2014 SAFE ROUTES NEWSLETTER

OHIO WORKSHOPS, WEBINARS and TRAINING – REGISTER TODAY!

REGISTER BY Sept 19: D AYTON “Safety in Active Transportation Workshop: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 10am-2:30pmMVRPC, Center for Regional Cooperation, 1100 W Third Street, Dayton Ohio. This FREE workshop includes hands on activities based on ODOT new Active Transportation Guidance, and lunch courtesy of Kleingers Group. To Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/safety-in-active-transportation-planning-progress-tickets-12705754253?aff=es2

 Central Ohio Crossing Guard Training: ODOT will be offering a free adult crossing guard training Thursday, October 9, 2014, 9:30-2, @ Avondale Elementary, 156 Avondale Ave, Columbus, 43222. The training is a “train the trainer” event geared towards local agency officials and parents, teachers, public health educators, bicycle clubs, SRTS coordinators, law enforcement officers, and anyone who cares about increasing the number of children who walk and bicycle to school in a safe manner. Please e-mail at Edie.Charles@dot.state.oh.us, by Monday, October 6, 2014,  to confirm their participation. NOTE: Additional ODOT District trainings will be offered – contact your ODOT SRTS District Staff to let them know of your interest!

REGISTER TODAY! LUNCH & LEARN: Shared Use in Hospitals and Community Benefit webinar: October 8, 12:30-1:30pm. Join this Lunch & Learn to hear how Ohio hospitals are incorporating shared use into their community outreach, and how one hospital, Mount Carmel West in Columbus, has elevated their impact in the community through shared use agreements. To register,  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3651445489582702338

 Save the Date: 2014 ODOT Bike/Ped Summit, November 4, 2014, Ohio Department of Transportation; Columbus, Ohio  Join us for this ODOT Summit to promote bicycling and walking in Ohio. The day-long summit is geared toward advocates, planning organizations, consultants and all of our active transportation partners.

Ohio Safe Routes All-Network meeting AND Lunch & Learn #3: Advocating for Shared Use Webinar recordings, slides and resources are now posted on the Ohio Safe Routes Network website at https://saferoutesoh.wordpress.com/new-ohio-workshops/ – if you missed them, check them out!

 Walk to School Day is 3 Weeks Away!

Events Registered – Ohio: 49, Michigan: 95

Want to rally a school and its supporters to celebrate the benefits of walking? Are you looking for a way to get attention for needed safety improvements on walking/biking routes to school? Do you want to promote physical activity? Maybe this is your first year or maybe you’re a seasoned expert, either way it’s time to get ready for Walk to School Day.

This year’s event will be Wednesday, October 8.  Walk to School Day is a one-day event that is a part of an international effort to celebrate the many benefits of walking and bicycling to school throughout the month of October.  Walk to School events can be as simple as a few kids and parents meeting to walk to school or very elaborate celebrations.

How can you get involved? Organize and register a Walk to School Day event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. If you’re new to Walk to School Day, learn more at www.walkbiketoschool.org/getting-started. If you’ve already got Walk to School Day experience under your belt, we hope you’ll take a moment to register your event.

 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE & GRANT OPPORTUNTIES

Safe Routes to School National Partnership Technical Assistance: DUE Friday, September 26: The Safe Routes to School National Partnership can assist your efforts to make your community a place where kids can easily be active and healthy.  We are offering free technical assistance to successful applicants working in underserved communities on campaigns to obtain shared use agreements, Complete Streets policies, or other policies in support of walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School.   To Learn more or apply, click here, or contact Mikaela Randolph at Mikaela@saferoutespartnership.org.

Project Learning TreeGreenWorks! Grants: DUE SEPTEMBER 30: PLT is accepting applications from schools and nonprofit organizations for environmental service-learning projects through its GreenWorks! grants program, which helps students make their schools greener and more healthy by, for example, implementing recycling programs, conserving water and energy, improving air quality, establishing school gardens and outdoor classrooms, and integrating these projects into the curriculum. For more information on the three grant opportunities, visit: https://www.plt.org/apply-for-greenworks-environmental-education-grant

Lowe’s “Toolbox for Education” Grants: DUE October 15: The Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2014Toolbox for Education, which supports projects that encourage parent involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit.  One-year grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community such as a facility enhancement (indoor or outdoor) or landscaping/clean-up project. To learn more and to apply, visit  http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/

NCTM Classroom Research Grants for Teachers: DUE October 15: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is accepting applications for grades 7-12 classroom research grants.Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded to support and encourage classroom-based research in pre-college mathematics education. The ODOT Lesson Guide for Grades 7-8 has a mathematics-based activity “Designing a Safe School Parking Lot” – do you have a college in your area to partner with teachers grade 7-8? Other requirements are needed: learn more at http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=22418

School Bike Program Mini-Grant Applications DUE Wed. October 22: The National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads program are teaming up to provide $1,000 mini-grants to 25 schools across the country. Applications are due Wednesday, Oct. 22 and award winners will be announced in December. The mini-grant activities should occur between Jan. 1, 2015, and the end of the spring, 2015, semester. For more information or to apply online, visit the National Center for Safe Routes to School website at www.saferoutesinfo.org/mini-grants-app

 NEWS

Deb Hubsmith Stepping Down as Director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership:  http://saferoutespartnership.org/node/1523/

US Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces Major New Bicycle and Pedestrian Sfety Initiative:

http://saferoutespartnership.org/blog/us-department-transportation-secretary-foxx-announces-major-new-bicycle-and-pedestrian-safety

GP RED Seeks Initiatives Project Manager: GP RED is currently accepting applications for an Initiatives Project Manager through October 1, 2014. The ideal candidate will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be results driven and persistent, have the ability to work independently, and possess strong verbal, written, and computer skills. This position may be accomplished remotely with travel. Click here to view the full position announcement.

 


AUGUST 2014 SAFE ROUTES NEWS

Clif Kits for Walk to School Day events can still be ordered through September 12, while supplies last for your K-5 grade school events!  You must hold a Walk to School Day event in October, use the kit materials at the event, register your event on the International Walk Bike to School website (www.walkbiketoschool.org), and complete a survey afterwards.

Kits include 250 educational sheets, 250 reflective stickers, a banner and 250 Clif Kid Fruit Ropes, and will be mailed no later than September 19.  Put “KATE MOENING” in the National Partnership Staff Contact.

If you have ordered yours, great – Pass this along to your networks, colleagues, other school contacts that will host walk to school day events – and remember, you get points on your ODOT/SRTS applications for holding an event and registering it on the www.walkbiketoschool.org website!

To Register your school:  https://docs.google.com/a/saferoutespartnership.org/forms/d/1FIQ3TsmhGjef2Iw9I10z5o90OP-F7iskxjNRJu08jUk/viewform

 Lunch & Learn – Shared Use Webinar Series

This series of “lunch and learn” webinars address the scope of shared use implementation, tools and resources, as well as presentations on Ohio community success and overcoming obstacles. The Lunch and Learns are hosted by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, with assistance from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the American Heart Association- Ohio.  Join the discussion from your desk!

  Safety in Active Transportation: Planning & Progress Regional Workshops

Share with your colleagues and community!

These free regional workshops will combine hands-on activities with local community presentations on how they are advancing active transportation planning and policy, to help achieve safe, healthy communities.

Toledo: September 3, 2014, Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Hosted by Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and the Ohio Department of Transportation– Information and Registration here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/active-transportation-planning-safe-and-healthy-communities-tickets-12431347495

Dayton: September 23, 2014, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission – Hosted by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Kleingers & Associates- Registration opening soon!

Columbus: January 2015 – date and registration coming soon! Hosted by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Murphy Epson.

 Active transportation planning helps communities identify, collaborate and ultimately create better community connections for pedestrians, cyclists, transit and vehicles. Attendees will walk through the new Ohio Department of Transportation’s Active Transportation Plan Guide, a step-by-step blueprint towards obtaining ‘complete streets’ that enable safe access for all users of the road the active transportation planning process.  Hands-on activities will allow attendees to begin applying this guidance to start the planning process for their community, and presenters from urban, suburban and rural areas  will share their active transportation planning, policy and implementation experiences, barriers they encountered, partners and participants who were involved, and more.


July 2014 SAFE ROUTES NEWSLETTER

Ohio Webinars & Workshops – Pass it along to your colleagues and networks!

Shared Use and Schools Webinar: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm: Why is shared use policy and implementation important for schools and communities? Shared use can offer a safe, active, local option for physical activity, community outreach for public facilities to interact with residents, and economic benefits including increasing the presence of schools, parks and public facilities as community resources. It is considered a wise use of public facilities, and can provide income or reduce costs to a facility. This webinar will explore why implementing shared use in schools is important, what the Ohio and national school “landscape” on shared use looks like, the benefits to schools, districts, communities and constituents, and how Ohio schools and communities are providing shared use.

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8101717704162818305

Active Transportation: Planning and Policies that Work! Regional Workshops – SAVE THE DATES!

Toledo: Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital

Dayton: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC)

Columbus: Date Coming Soon!

 Safe Routes to School

NEW RESOURCES FROM CHANGELAB SOLUTIONS: Four new publications are now available to help districts, parents, and active transportation advocates develop policies for walking or bicycling to school. On the Move and Get Out & Get Moving are geared toward rural areas that face unique challenges around implementing Safe Routes to School programs.Get Out & Get Moving explores the legal implications of remote drop-off programs, and includes a cost-benefit worksheet for assessing risk.Incorporating Safe Routes to School into Local School Wellness Policies  and Model General Plan Language Supporting Safe Routes to Schools provide model language that communities can adapt to their specific needs. These new tools complement the Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook online tool, a partnership project between Changelabs and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

NEW RESOURCE: . Buses, Boots, and Bicycles: Exploring Collaboration Between Safe Routes to School and School Busing Professionals to Get Children to School Safely and Healthily, a new report released by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, presents a comprehensive look at student transportation in the United States and proposes ways that Safe Routes to School professionals and transportation directors could collaborate more effectively to ensure that all children safely access their local schools. Download the report here.  A webinar on July 17 will discuss the implications of the report and how to work together (see link in National Webinars, below.)

Fire Up Your Feet: Planning your Walk to School Day in October, or a fundraiser to help your school? Try a healthy option –  check out the Fire Up Your Feet healthy fundraising option for your next school fundraiser, available for any school group across the country.

October 2014 Walk to School Day: Walk to School Day is October 8, 2014, and registration is open!  Visit http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/  and register your school today and take advantage of their free resources. If applying for Ohio Safe Routes to School funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation, registering your Walk to School Day event will earn you points – it can be any time in October, not just October 8!

 Shared Use

National Shared Use Clearinghouse: This website is designed to improve access to shared use resources that will aid communities and school districts in developing successful shared use agreements. With hundreds of resources already categorized for easy searchability and new resources being added as they are developed, the clearinghouse will provide a space for existing shared use efforts to connect to each other and help elevate the national discourse around shared use.

 Health/Policy Resources

Prevention addresses health problems before they occur, rather than after people have shown signs of disease, injury or disability, and strategies focus on both individual and community wellness. Safe Routes to School programs, active transportation and Complete Streets policy and shared use implementation all can help. The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has a new brief “Ohio Prevention Basics” as an introduction to prevention for policymakers, and complements a new Ohio Policymaking Basics online training program – register for this free training here!

 Active Transportation/Complete Streets

(from the National Physical Activity Plan e-newsletter) Foot Traffic Ahead, a new report released from Smart Growth America, ranks the 30 largest U.S. metropolitan areas on several key dimensions of walkability. Specifically, the report takes into account the amount of commercial development in Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs). It is a product of a collaborative effort between the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business and LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors.

Major report findings included:

  • On average, top ranking metros have 38% higher GDP per capita compared to low ranking metros.
  • 74% higher premium per square foot on rent for office space in urban WalkUPs compared to drivable sub-urban areas.
  • Future projections for up and coming walkable metros

Download the report and see how urban areas in your region compare. For ideas on how to increase walkability in your area, review the Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design sector of the NPAP.

 National Webinars

July 17, 2pm: Safe Routes to School National Partnership: Buses, Boots, and Bicycles: Exploring Collaboration Between Safe Routes to School and School Busing Professionals. a new report released by the National Partnership, presents a comprehensive look at student transportation in the United States and proposes ways that Safe Routes to School professionals and transportation directors could collaborate more effectively to ensure that all children safely access their local schools. To register click here.

 July 17, 2pmEST: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center: Creating Great Communities Through Public Involvement: How to Create and Run Effective Advisory and Advocacy Groups. This is a two-part webinar series exploring how to create more livable communities through public involvement.

To Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/301333722

 July 29, 3pm:  County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: Building Accountability: Multi-Sector Roles and Engagement. Join us and guest David Weed, director of Greater Fall River Partners for a Healthier Community, to learn about how you can generate community support for health-focused initiatives.   To register: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/webinars/all

And finally…

Quote from Jason Segedy, Director of the Akron Metropolitan Transportation Study (AMATS) as published in the Smart Growth America, National Complete Street Coalition enews:

“Cars are important, and they will remain a vital mode of transportation for the foreseeable future. But we would do well to question our over-dependence on them. . . . It’s all about balance. I drove to work today, but I walked to lunch, and I am going to ride my bike to an event tonight. We should resist the false choices offered to us by the ideologues who tell us that our only two options are either abolishing cars altogether, or a continued spending spree on highway construction and urban sprawl.”
— Jason Segedy, Director, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study


 

June 2014 SAFE ROUTES NEWSLETTER

OHIO SHARED USE WEBINAR – Register today!

Friday, June 20, 10-11:30am, EST,  “What is Shared Use, and How Can it Open Doors to Better Community Health?”  Free Webinar!  Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8767700691531937026

To paraphrase a popular insurance company, “Like a good neighbor, the playground is there!” Swap out “playground” with “running track”, “ball field”, “gymnasium” or “open space”, and you have the essence of how shared use policy can influence recreational opportunities in Ohio communities.  Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership/Ohio Network, Buckeye Healthy Schools Alliance and the American Heart Association in the first of a series of webinars to learn more about shared use and how it can open doors to better health in your community.

 MORE SHARED USE NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

Legislative Update:  House Bill 290 made it half way through the process!  In the House, there was no opposition testimony.  There also wasn’t a single no vote in committee or on the House floor.  The bill was referred to the Senate Civil Justice Committee, and will be addressed by the Senate this fall.

Photo Campaign:  Thanks to everyone who participated in the Spring photo campaign. The American Heart Association is working on graphics that can be used in newsletters, websites and social media. They will be sent out to launch the next phase in July.  However, if you are in need of something like this before then, please don’t hesitate to contact the American Heart Association-Ohio at Open the Doors For Health.

You Can Quote Me Campaign:  Monday, June 9, the “You Can Quote Me” contest will launch that will ask people, in a sentence or two, to answer why shared use or increased opportunities for physical activity are important to them.  Each week, a quote will be picked and the winner will receive limited edition Shared Use earbuds!  Posts are scheduled on the You’re the Cure Facebook page.  Please feel free to share these posts on your page.

To Learn More: visit Open the Doors for Health at the website.  In addition, Promotional graphics are also available, please feel free to share these through email, newsletters and your social media. https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bwk83NezV2uuRGVoQmxYRGRKU1U&usp=sharing

COMPLETE STREETS NEWS

4/29/2014 Article: “How Bicycles Bring Business”, Momentum MAG (smart living by bike), http://momentummag.com/features/how-bicycles-bring-business/

5/21/14 Article: “Greater Cleveland among safest major cities for pedestrians, according to report”, Cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/05/greater_cleveland_among_safest.html

6/5/14: The National Complete Streets Coalition released a report for Capitol HillSafer Streets, Stronger Economies: Getting Great Returns on Strategic Investments

 The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has opened the eighth round of the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) application process. Communities are able to submit applications to the program by visiting http://www.walkfriendly.org/assessment.  Applications are due by June 16, 2014.

 SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NEWS

2014 Walk To School Day:  Registration is now open for the 18th Walk to School Day. This annual event in the United States is a part of an international effort to celebrate the many benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Walk to School Day 2014 will take place on Wednesday, October 8. Walk to School Day participation reached a record high in 2013 with more than 4,400 registered U.S. events and that number is expected to rise once again in 2014. Walk to School Day event registration is free and open to individuals and organizations holding an October event in the United States. Events that register on the Walk to School website,www.walkbiketoschool.org, will be displayed on an interactive U.S. map on the website, where neighboring communities, media and other organizations can identify who is walking in their area.

From the Trust for America’s Health,  Walking & Rolling: A Community Comes Together to Make it Safer and Healthier for Children to Get to School addresses the city’s safe routes to school initiative.  “One of the best ways to reach this population and fight childhood obesity is with a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, which empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity.”

Carmen Burks of Safe Routes to School on MPWN: Make Peace with Nature is a syndicated, public affairs television program which deals with solutions to problems of conservation, energy, and the environment. Check out this episode featuring Carmen Burks of the Safe Routes to School

Federal Legislation Update: Transportation for America is working with House and Senate sponsors to introduce legislation to create a “TIGER-like” program in each state.  It would take funding off the top of a number of transportation programs and then require the state DOT to set up selection panels and criteria, and hold competitions for local transportation projects.

 HEALTH and PHYSCIAL ACTIVITY

In May, the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) proudly released the 2014 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.  The results – U.S. kids are not getting enough physical activity. In fact, 58% of 6-11 year olds and 92% of 12-15 year olds are failing to meet the current physical activity recommendations calling for 60 minutes of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity on at least 5 days per week. American youth earned a D- on ‘overall physical activity’.

Ohio’s plan to prevent and reduce chronic disease 2014-2018 is Ohio’s five year plan to improve health and reduce chronic disease through evidence-based practices.  Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets and Shared Use are three objectives in the plan, and the Ohio Safe Routes Network is a lead agency for implementation, through the work on our Action teams.  To learn more, or to join the  Ohio Chronic Disease Collaborative, visit their website at http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/cdplan

 MEETINGS and FORUMS

Elder Mobility: New Solutions for Communities: Local forums explore approaches to keep elders, people with disabilities, connected.  Area Agencies on Aging and other local partners in Cleveland (June 16, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon), Toledo (June 17, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon), Findlay (June 17, 1:30 – 4:30) and Columbus (June 18, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon) are joining with the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Public Safety/Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Ohio Department of Transportation/Office of Transit . For more information visit ODA’s website to view who should attend, tentative agenda, featured best practices, speaker bios, and how to register.

 WEBINARS

Monday, June 11, 2-2:30pm EST: A Quick Look at HPIO’s Guide to Evidence-Based Prevention, Health Policy Institute of Ohio, register here: http://www.healthpolicyohio.org/webinar-a-quick-look-at-hpios-guide-to-evidence-based-prevention/

 Thursday, June 12, 2pm EST: Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey Hosted by America Walks and made possible with support from Shaping NJ, the state partnership for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention.  Register here for this free webinar.  Find out more about this webinar and the presenters

 June 17, 2014, 2pm EST: The release of Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros  live streamed from Washington, DC during the 2014 LOCUS Leadership Summit.   Register to join the live stream >>

 Thursday, June 19, 2pm EST: Managing and Retaining Volunteers for Long Term Success!  Hosted by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership – Register here  Part two in a series of two webinars will focus on managing and retaining volunteers to participate in Safe Routes to School Programs.

 Thursday, June 19, 2pm EST – What’s Walking Got to Do with It? A Look at the Economic and Social Impact of Walkability  Hosted by the National League of Cities in partnership with America Walks and Smart Growth America  Register here for this free webinar   Find out more about this webinar and the presenters


MAY 2014 SAFE ROUTES NEWSLETTER

Great things are happening in Ohio!

 “Bike Friendly Community” Announcement – Ohio moves from 32 to 16!

Ohio jumps from 32nd to 16th in the 2014 Bike Friendly Rankings, released by the League of American Bicyclists May 1! Great job, Ohio Department of Transportation, cycling advocacy groups, metro- and regional planning organizations, Safe Routes to School programs and the many others working to improve cycling in Ohio! http://www.dot.state.oh.us/news/Pages/Ohio-Ranked-16th-as-Bike-Friendly-State.aspx

 WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

 SHARED USE WORKSHOP RESCHEDULED AS A WEBINAR!  Due to low registration, the Shared Use: Opening Doors to Improving Community Health & Connectivity Workshop will be offered as a FREE webinar series, which will begin on Friday, June 20 – registration information will be out soon!

 LAST CHANCE! REGISTER BY FRIDAY, MAY 9: Safe Routes to School: Policy, Funding  & Resources for Ohio Communities Workshop, Thursday, May 15, 2014, 9:30am-3:30pm, Ohio Department of Transportation, Columbus- TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!  PDF of Workshop Flyer: 2014OhioWorkshops #2  Whether you are a seasoned SRTS professional, or new to the program, there will be something for everyone!

 ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY WORKSHOPS POSTPONED:Due to scheduling conflicts, the Dayton, Toledo and Columbus Active Transportation and Safety” workshops scheduled In June and July will be postponed until after August 1. The workshop at Akron’s “Switching Gears for Active Transportation” conference will be held on June 26.

May 7 and the MONTH OF MAY: Celebrate Bike to School Day on May 7, and register your Walk/Bike event on the International Walk/Bike to School Website!  Ohio has 29 events so far, let’s pass last year’s 34 mark!

TUESDAY, MAY 13: Ohio Bicycle Summit/Advocacy Day, Ohio Statehouse, 9am-3pm Columbus.  The First Annual OBF Ohio Bicycling Summit will give organizations and clubs an opportunity to display what they are doing for cycling in Ohio in the Statehouse Atrium. Purchase at table or come and show support!

FRIDAY, JUNE 6: 2014 Safe Routes Forum, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, Dayton, Ohio. This year national expert Cindy Heath who will provide professional training on Safe Routes to Play and Youth Involvement techniques – how to run your own UMAP Youth Mapping tool and Photo Voice projects. Gather local leaders from public and environmental health, parks and recreation, land use planning, public safety, transportation, and education sectors. Learn how to get students and their families personally involved in building a community-driven, child-centered, active transportation system.

 TUESDAY, JUNE 10: Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Safe Routes to School Forum – contact Amanda McEldowney at amceldowney@morpc.org for details!

 THURSDAY, JUNE 26: Switching Gears: Helping to make Northeast Ohio More Pedestrian and Bicycle Friendly” Conference, John S. Knight Center, Akron Ohio. Save the date to participate in learning how to make your community more vibrant through active transportation. Keynotes from Jason Roberts of The Better Block  project and Dave Cieslewicz, Executive Director of Wisconsin Bike Fed and former mayor of Madison, WI, will demonstrate how to transform your community from temporary bike lanes to shifting commuting patterns. The event will also include workshops on active transportation and policy by the Ohio Alliance of YMCAs and Safe Routes to School National Partnership, different bike sharing models and how to get started, and a Better Block workshop on how to successfully execute a Better Block. How We Roll Akron will also lead a Bike-N-Brainstorm ride following the workshops.

 BIKE EDUCATION TOOLS and NEWS – for Bike to School Month, Bike Helmet Week and National Bike Challenge!

 SHARED USE – Contests, Stories and Advocates Needed! Pass it on!

Do you have a shared use story to tell?  Have you seen shared use in action in your community (or NOT seen it where it could be?)  The American Heart Association is collecting stories, holding a picture contest, and looking for advocates that want to help make physical activity accessible through community shared use implementation. Contact Heather Vilvens at hvilvens.bhsa@gmail.com  to learn more, or click on the links below.

  • “Picture This!” Shared Use Photo Contest:  Submit your photo of “good” or “bad” shared use, and be eligible to win prizes!
  • Share Your Story:  What’s your experience with shared use in your community? How has using school facilities after hours impacted you, your family or your friends? How might being able to use school recreational facilities after hours make a positive impact?
  • Advocates are needed throughout Ohio to assist with educating communities on the positive impact of shared use – and they are needed TODAY!  Please contact Heather Vilvens to learn how you can get involved.

 WEBINARS

May 14, 2014, 1pm: A Collaborative Effort: Build Healthy Communities and Avoid Lobbying,  Cost: $75.  Presented by ChangeLab Solutions in partnership with Susannah Vance Gopolan, JD, Partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP.

 May 19, 2014, 2-3pm:  Strengthening Change in Your Community by  Engaging the “Right” People,  American Walks , Free. To bring about social change in a local area, activists and community leaders must lead the effort by working together.  Join this expert panel discussion with featured speakers from AARP and Safe Routes to School National Partnership to learn innovative ways to engage the change agents in your communities to help make them more livable & vibrant places to live.  You can register here for this free webinar  

 

APRIL 2014 SAFE ROUTES NEWSLETTER

Things are happening in Ohio!  Workshops, state collaboration, health news and much more for folks in multiple disciplines – join us!

WORKSHOPS – register, and spread the word!

Registration is NOW OPEN for the following workshops – please pass this information along to your networks and other interested parties.  Visit HERE for more information, and here is the 2014 OhioWorkshops flyer.

Active Living for the Body and the Brain Forum, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:30am to 3:30pm,  National Composite Center, Kettering, OH  – TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!

  • Shared Use: Opening Doors to Improving Community Health & Connectivity Workshop, Thursday, May 8, 2014, 9:30am-3:30pm, Center for Regional Cooperation, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC), Dayton – TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!
  • Safe Routes to School: Policy, Funding  & Resources for Ohio Communities Workshop, Thursday, May 15, 2014, 9:30am-3:30pm, Ohio Department of Transportation, Columbus– TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!

SAVE THE DATES! “Active Transportation and Safety: Policies that Work” Workshops –  More information coming soon, and posted on the Ohio Safe Routes Network website.

 OHIO NEWS

Statewide plan launched by the Ohio Chronic Disease Collaborative:Increasing physical activity is one way to help reduce chronic disease. Ohio’s plan to prevent and reduce chronic disease 2014-2018 was released last week, and Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets and Shared Use are three objectives the Ohio Safe Routes Network will be a lead agency to implement over the next five years.  I encourage you to visit www.healthy.ohio.gov/cdplan to learn more about how collaborative efforts will help reduce chronic disease, and to join the Ohio Chronic Disease Collaborative to keep abreast of work done, and help make a healthier Ohio!

Creating Healthy Communities – new Ohio information and success stories!  The Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program has released their 2013 Success Stories, and included a great new infographic on Ohio’s current state of health, why prevention is important, and more!  Follow the link to learn more about the CHC program, and check out the CHC 2013 Infographic!

 SHARED USE – Contests, Stories and Advocates Needed! Pass it on!

Do you have a shared use story to tell?  Have you seen shared use in action in your community (or NOT seen it where it could be?)  The American Heart Association is collecting stories, holding a picture contest, and looking for advocates that want to help make physical activity accessible through community shared use implementation. Contact Heather Vilvens at hvilvens.bhsa@gmail.com  to learn more, or click on the links below.

  • “Picture This!” Shared Use Photo Contest:  Submit your photo of “good” or “bad” shared use, and be eligible to win prizes!
  • Share Your Story:  What’s your experience with shared use in your community? How has using school facilities after hours impacted you, your family or your friends? How might being able to use school recreational facilities after hours make a positive impact?
  • Advocates are needed throughout Ohio to assist with educating communities on the positive impact of shared use – and they are needed TODAY!  Please contact Heather Vilvens to learn how you can get involved.

 GRANTS

2014-2015 AFHK School Grants Available!!  Through partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, and the Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund, (and more!) Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year.  Around 1,000 schools will be awarded funds ranging from $500 to $5,000 to support school breakfast and physical activity programs. Funded schools will also receive expertise and people power to help implement a successful project that leads to sustainable change.   Ohio has 25 Physical Activity Grants and 15-20 Breakfast Grants to Award!  Grants range from $500-$5,000; most schools receive $1,000.  Physical Activity Grants  can be for facilities and equipment for recess, playgrounds/play-spaces, classroom energizers, physical education, intramural and/or before/after-school programs that introduce underserved youth populations to the value of an active lifestyle.  Application deadline is May 2ndvisit here for more information.

Child Injury Acton Group (CIAG) Mini Grants: The CIAG is excited to announce the availability of funding for mini grants. The purpose of the CIAG is to identify priorities and strategies to reduce child injury in Ohio. These recipients will use the mini grants to further the mission of the CIAG and implement change related to the CIAG’s priority injury areas across Ohio. These priority injury areas include teen driving, infant sleep-related suffocation, bicycle and wheeled sports helmets, sports-related TBI, and child passenger safety.  Mini-grant applications are due by April 15th. Grant awards will be announced in June and projects will begin in July. Visit here for more information.

 

MARCH 2014 SAFE ROUTES NEWSLETTER

So much is happening!  Check it out below, or at the Ohio Safe Routes Network website or Ohio Safe Routes Network Facebook page – new things almost every day!

 OHIO NEWS

WORKSHOPS – Active Living for the Body and Brain Series – this forum and workshop series about how physical activity cuts across multiple prevention silos to decrease obesity, improve mental health and school outcomes,  increase community safety and more! Registration is open for all three, click through the links to more information, registration and to spread the word!

SHARED USE IN THE NEWS:  NPR 90.5FM – Shared Use piece broadcast after the American Heart Association Advocacy Day on March 12 – good, concise piece on the value of shared use and liability law clarification:http://wcbe.org/post/health-advocates-propose-expanding-liability-laws

 COMPLETE STREETS/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION:

OHIO CHRONIC DISEASE PLAN/COLLABORATIVE: Improving physical activity options is one strategy to prevent and the burden of chronic disease in Ohio. Safe Routes to School, Shared Use and Active Transportation/Complete Streets improvements can all play a role. Please join the Ohio Chronic Disease (CD) Collaborative for its Kick-Off Meeting to formally introduce Ohio’s Plan to Prevent and Reduce Chronic Disease: 2014-2018. The meeting will be Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 9:30 am–12:30 pm at the American Cancer Society at 5555 Frantz Rd., Dublin, OH 43017. While in-person attendance is preferred, there will be a conference line set up at 1-800-510-7500, PIN: 30486270#.Please RSVP by March 21st at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OhioCDKickOff.  Also, if you haven’t done so yet, join the Ohio CD Collaborativehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OCDC

  Cycling CURRICULUM

Bikeology (the on-bicycle curriculum for PE Teachers and Recreation Specialists) is live on the AAPHERD site. Bikeology is a ready-to-use bicycle-safety curriculum for physical education teachers and recreation specialists working with students in grades 6-12. .  http://www.aahperd.org/whatwedo/prodev/bikeology-curriculum.cfm

 GRANTS

HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT GRANTS:

1) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced a new grant opportunity called Health Impact Assessment for Improved Community Design.  The letter of intent deadline is Friday, March 28th; application deadline is Monday, April 28th at 11:59 PM ET.

2) The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, announces a call for proposals (CFP) to fund health impact assessments (HIAs) and the establishment of sustainable, self-supporting HIA programs to more routinely integrate health into public policy decision-making. The CFP will support government and tribal agencies and educational and nonprofit organizations under the two types of grants: Demonstration Project and HIA Program. Deadline to submit brief proposals is April 2.

To Learn about either grant, visit NNPHI’s Funding Opportunities page.

Action for Healthy Kids welcomes schools to apply for 2014 -2015 School Grants for Healthy Kids. The grants are funded by partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund (and more!) and will range from 500 to 5,000 dollars. The funding is designed to help schools create or expand school breakfast programs, pilot universal breakfast programs or enhance their physical activity programs.

 WEBINARS

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 3-4:00 p.m. EDT Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals: All In: The Value of Investing in Complete and Green Streets – Offered at Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, contact Amanda at mceldowney@morpc.org to RSVP.

Thursday, March 20th, from 2-3 p.m. EST, Safe Routes to School National Partnership;  Build Your Own School District Policy to Advance Safe Routes to School

Thursday, March 20th, 2-3:30pm EST: America Walks, Keeping Pedestrians Safe in Urban and Suburban Settings

Wednesday, April 16 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT, National Center for Safe Routes to School; Putting the Mettle to the Pedal: Ideas for Promoting Cycling

UPCOMING OHIO EVENTS

I can’t always include everything, but hope to start a calendar of events on the Ohio Safe Routes Webpage, so send me any events related to Safe Routes to School, Shared Use or Active Transportation and I will do my best to publicize!

March 25:            Bike Cleveland Open House and CIFF Showing of “Ride With Larry”  https://www.facebook.com/events/1403140826618276/

April 9:                  Ohio Bicycle Advocacy Call, 12 noon, contact Jody at jodydz@considerbiking.org for call in information

May 3:                  OHIO WOMEN’S BICYCLING SUMMIT The Ohio Women’s Bicycling Summit will be held Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at Strongwater Food and Spirits.   http://www.considerbiking.org/index.php/news/owbs14/?p=2125

May 10:                Tour of the Scioto River Valley (TOSRV), Columbus Outdoor Pursuits http://www.outdoor-pursuits.org

May 13:                OHIO BICYCLIST SUMMIT The Ohio Bicycle Federation holds the Ohio Bicyclist Summit in the Statehouse Atrium.  9 – 3 pm http://www.ohiobike.org/

May 21:                RIDE OF SILENCE COLUMBUS 11th Annual; Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Ohio Statehouse: http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php

FEBRUARY 2014 SAFE ROUTES NEWSLETTER

 NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP NEWS

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is excited to announce the opening of our new headquarters in Oakland, California in early February. We are even more pleased to announce that we will commence operations as an independent 501c3 public charity on April 1, 2014. To learn more about this change and others, read Risa Wilkerson’s blog “Moving the National Partnership Forward”.

 The Safe Routes to School National Partnership supports the federal Safe Streets Act and the New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act.  Click the links to learn more!

SAVE THE DATES!

“Active Living for the Body and Brain”  forum workshop series (April 23, May 8 and May 15) will raise awareness about how physical activity cuts across multiple prevention silos to decrease obesity, improve mental health and school outcomes,  increase community safety and more. The workshops will provide in-depth, capacity-building information, tools and resources to provide multi-sector decision makers and stakeholders with policy and program strategies to increase physical activity, reduce chronic disease and improve active living in Ohio communities. Click here for dates and locations,  registration open NOW for the April 23 forum, and workshop registration will open in March!

Ohio Safety and Active Transportation: Policies that Work! Workshops will be held in June, 2014 in four regional locations, and will focus on new ODOT guidance, local/regional policy implementation, including collaboration, development, challenges, funding, resources, and with time for community representatives to discuss/plan policy change in their community. Visit the Ohio Safe Routes Network webpage for updates!

The Ohio Women’s Bicycling Summit held in Columbus, preregistration is now open – click here for more information and to register!

BE INVOLVED!

The American Heart Association – Ohio is collecting stories and pictures that reflect Ohio communities’ commitment to offering physical activity opportunities, or the lack of opportunity, which could be overcome through shared use policies and agreements. Submit your pictures at Picture It!, or Share Your Story about how shared use is implemented to benefit your community!

Take the American Walks Survey to help identify walking efforts in the United States – Click here to begin!

GRANTS and RESOURCES

GRANT: Ohio HIA stakeholders: The Health Impact Project (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts) has just released their Call for Proposals to fund Health Impact Assessment projects.  The brief proposal deadline is April 2, 2014.  The Health Policy Institute of Ohio is tracking interest in this opportunity among Ohio stakeholders, contact Amy Stevens at HPIO if your organization is considering applying for this grant.

 GRANT: Shared Use Opportunity: The National Parks & Recreation Association (NRPA) announced the availability of grant funds to support children’s health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs. Grants are for a one-year period and are expected to range from $25,000 to $35,000 with additional nutrition literacy materials provided (valued at $10,000).  These grants will be used to increase the number of healthy meals received by children in low-income communities, create behavior change through health literacy, and implement nutrition and physical activity standards.

This is a great opportunity to grow your park and recreation agency’s role as your community’s health and wellness leader.  Learn More and Apply Today  Applications are due at midnight ET on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

RESOURCE:  Bike helmets will once again be offered by the Ohio American Academy of Pediatrics through a grant process, to be used for your Bike Helmet Safety Week programs! Outreach toolkits are also available. Click here for more information, deadline for applications is February 28!

 Bike to School Day: registration is now open for the third annual Bike to School Day in May – visit  www.walkbiketoschool.org. to register your events today!

From the Health Policy Institute of Ohio:

Paying for prevention  Encouraging nonprofit hospitals to invest in community building: The role of IRS ‘safe harbors’  Health Affairs blog post

Evidence-based prevention  How to read research findings to distinguish evidence-based programs from everything else  Online workshop from the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy

Health in all policies Leveraging multi-sector investments: New opportunities to improve health and vitality of communities  New report from Health Resources in Action

 WEBINARS

Feb. 19, 3-4pm:  Design for Cyclist and Pedestrian Comfort: The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will host this webinar on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 3-4:00 p.m. EDT. MORPC Scioto Conference Room.  Please RSVP for the webinar by responding to this message.  Note that the webinar is only available for viewing at MORPC. If you’d like to watch from another location, you can register here: http://www.apbp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=381915&group=

Feb. 20, 2-3pm: Bicycle Safety Education: Implementing the Best Curriculum for your Community The Safe Routes to School National Partnership will talk about the important components of bicycle safety curricula and help attendees think through what might be best for their programs. Then we’ll chat with Safe Routes to School Education experts as we dive into the various types of bicycle safety that can be taught in the classroom and the tips and tricks for programmatic success. As a bonus, we’ll be fielding any questions about your bicycle safety programming and related issues during the webinar – please feel free to send your questions ahead of time to dave@saferoutespartnership.org.     Register here

Feb. 25, 2-3pm: Using Crosswalk Laws as a Framework for Pedestrian Safety: This is a free event hosted by America Walks; however, attendance is limited to the first 65 people who register. You can register here.

JANUARY 2014 SAFE ROUTES ENEWSLETTER

 NETWORK NEWS

  • SAVE THE DATE! February 6, 10am: Ohio Safe Routes All Network Meeting, at the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission and via GoToWebinar – save the date, more registration and agenda information will be sent next week!
  • Action Team Meetings: via GoToMeeting, contact Kate at kate@saferoutespartnership.org if you would like to attend:

o   Tuesday. January 14, 9:30am: Leveraging Funding – RSVP by Friday, January 10

o   Thursday. January 23, 12 noon: Complete Streets (also hosted at Burgess and Niple in Columbus) – RSVP by Tuesday January 21

o   Thursday. January 30, 1pm: Shared Use – RSVP by Tuesday, January 21

State/Regional Calendar of Events: Forums and Meetings

GRANTS/FUNDING

SAFE ROUTES: 2014 Ohio Safe Routes to School funding round is open! Deadline for School Travel Plan, Infrastructure and Non Infrastructure applications is March 3. Contact your ODOT District Coordinator or visithttp://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/SPPM/MajorPrograms/SafeRoutes/Pages/default.aspx for more information.

SHARED USE: KaBOOM! is offering Playspace Funding Opportunities to communities who value play and are interested in providing an environment for kids to receive active play all day, and Playful City USA designations – visithttp://apply.kaboom.org/?utm_source=apply2&utm_medium=email&utm_content=link1&utm_campaign=pcusa to learn about both opportunities!

POLICY CHANGE:  Voices for Healthy Kids, a collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a program which focuses on advocating for changes to local, state, and federal policies.  The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is one of six lead agencies involved to help young people eat healthier foods and be more active through policy-change strategies that research and practice suggest will have the greatest impact.  Safe Routes to School, Active Transportation/Complete Streets and Shared Use policy- change strategies are eligible for funding. Visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Advocate/Voices-for-Healthy-Kids_UCM_453195_SubHomePage.jsp for more information.

FREE WEBINARS

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 101

Tuesday, January 14, 3pm Eastern, REGISTER HEREhttp://www.countyhealthrankings.org/webinars/county-health-rankings-roadmaps-101-3

Would you or someone you work with like to know more about the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program? This webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the program, including why we rank and why rankings are useful; the County Health Rankings model and measures; the components of the County Health Roadmaps project; and how to use the Rankings & Roadmaps to ignite action in your community.

 Strategies to Enable Winter Cycling and Walking

Wednesday, January 15, 3-4 pm EDT,  MORPC Scioto Conference Room

Webinar is hosted at the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, please RSVP for the webinar by emailing Amanda at amceldowney@morpc.org .  Note that the webinar is only available for viewing at MORPC. If you wish to watch from another location, register here: http://www.apbp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=309656&group=

Liability 201: Thinking Through Your Community’s Safe Routes to School Liability Concerns

Thursday, January 16, 2-3 pm Eastern, REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/851271943612115969

The Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership is hosting  Liability 201, where host experts will address questions on the sometimes confusing topics of Safe Routes to School and liability. Speakers will review basic liability concepts and then delve into the more detailed issues related to the implementation of walking school buses, bike trains and remote drop offs. Additionally, our panelists have agreed to field your questions ahead of time! If you have specific situations you’d like them to discuss during the webinar, email them to dave@saferoutespartnership.org before January 14th.

Countermeasure Costs: Putting a price on pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure

Wednesday, January 22, 2-3pm Eastern, REGISTER HERE:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/877877642

This webinar provides an overview of the cost for installing a variety of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and facilities. It provides meaningful estimates of infrastructure costs based on up-to-date cost information from states and cities across the country.

Biking and Walking to the State House: Organizing State Summits

Conference Call: Wednesday, January 22, 2- 3pm Eastern, REGISTER HERE: http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/index.php/site/EventRegistration-NoPay-Overview/4735/

More and more advocates across the United States are organizing statewide summits to push active transportation forward at the state level. Join this call to hear from experts in the field about best practices in organizing state bike and/or walk summits. Hosted by the Alliance for Biking and Walking.

OTHER STATE/NATIONAL NEWS

The 2014 Walkable Neighborhoods Conference will be in Columbus, date to be determined, register for updates: https://www.facebook.com/considerbiking/posts/10151921875238920?stream_ref=10

Ohio to Erie Trail Maps are available, will be distributed through Trail Friend Groups or for free on the website with paid shipping of $2.75.  http://www.ohiotoerietrail.org/News/Order-the-Ohio-to-Erie-Trail-Map.aspx

The 2014 National Bike Summit, UNITED SPOKES: MOVING BEYOND GRIDLOCK, will be held March 3-5 in Washington, D.C., including the National Women’s Bicycling Forum from 8am to 4pm on March 3.  For more information visit http://www.bikeleague.org/content/2014-summit

The Call for Proposals is now open for the next Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference, which will take place in Pittsburgh, September 8-11, 2014. They are accepting proposals under four conference tracks – Change, Connect, Prosper, and Sustain – until January 31, 11:59 pm Eastern. Visit https://center.uoregon.edu/NCBW/FORMS/CFP/cfp_login.php?formid=94544 to get started and for more information.

Attending the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference February 13-15 in Denver, Colorado?  If you are there early (February 10-12) consider registering for the Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute tour, Forward Thinking on the Front Range: A Smart Growth Tour with national walkability experts Dan Burden, Mark Fenton, and Paul Zykofsky.

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