Freedom. It means different things to different people. As a child, freedom to me meant a whole Saturday to ride my bike, named Winning Colors in honor of the female horse that won the1988 Kentucky Derby, across ditches, dirt roads, woods, marshes, and the occasional paved street.
There were two significant developments this month in Washington D.C for Safe Routes to School. First, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released its proposed rule addressing safety on our roads.
Last fall, in the rural community of Winton, California, there was lot of excitement building around walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School. Winton is a small town with two schools less than two miles apart from each other, and parents and community members had been frustrated about the congestion that was created when schools released students at the end of the day. Parents wanted to be able to walk or bicycle to school with their children, but couldn’t because of a lack of sidewalks and infrastructure. The district needed a solution.
All of us are working hard to make our neighborhoods safer for kids and families to walk to and from school. But now, we need your help to ensure that the health and safety of our loved ones does not take a back seat to automobile passengers, simply because they chose active transportation over driving.
The deadline to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from becoming insolvent is rapidly approaching, leaving Congress and the Administration with just months to identify a solution. But will they be up to the task? The stakes for Congress couldn’t be higher, with a failure to act putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk and bringing thousands of construction projects, including S