Category: safe routes

Safe Routes to School policy boilerplate

ChangeLab Solutions, a non-profit that works to improve livability, has created a simple Safe Routes to School policy builder tool for use by school districts to generate a boilerplate Safe Routes policy.

A written Safe Routes to School policy focuses school district staff in encouraging active transportation to school.

To use the online toolkit, all you need to do is plug in some basic facts about your local school district, and select from among one to four options available in the various policy areas. You then punch the GO button to generate your own Safe Routes to School Policy for adoption by your local school district board.

The tool also provides resources for discussion when you bring this up at the school board.

The user interface is a little bit non-intuitive. Once you get started, the “PREV PAGE” and “NEXT PAGE” buttons don’t seem to work; you need to select from the policy areas in the left sidebar. You choose the policy option you want by clicking inside of the gray text box.

Go have some fun with it.

San Francisco Wiggle PSA

“San Francisco has too many hills and too much traffic to be enjoyable and safe for cyclists.”

Or: “The Urban Myth that desperately needs to be exposed for what it really is: a myth.”

San Francisco has long been a great place to ride, and broad-spectrum bicycle infrastructure upgrades have made it even better in the past few years. Miles and miles of new, clearly-marked bike lanes, traffic calming measures, bike boxes, and designated routes that avoid busy streets and go around the steepest hills are just some of the things cyclists in the City by the Bay are smiling about.

One of the oldest and most used of the designated routes in SF is the “Wiggle” . (more…)