The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the Y have released Making Strides: 2018 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities, a report that helps state leaders and decision makers prioritize transportation investments, resources, and policies that support walkable communities. The report cards were generated by evaluating 27 indicator areas across four core topics: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning. The funding section examines how states can use federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funding to support biking, walking, and Safe Routes to School.
New York State ranked 123/200, broken down as follows:
Complete Streets and Active Transportation 50/65;
Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding 32/55;
Active Neighborhoods and Schools 32/55;
Physical Activity Planning 15/15.
What is clear looking at the New York report card is our state does well with overall physical activity, needs to improve on active transportation and is close to failing when it comes to providing safe routes to schools and through neighborhoods- and that is a more county-local issue to work on and champion.