Local Resources

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s blog is a great resource for news on bicycling and active transportation issues in the region. Here you can find information about new bike lanes, what Safe Routes Philly is up to, and a host of bicycling and active transportation resources.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats – childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices.


Through the Kohl’s Safety Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia you can buy child safety products at low prices and to get free injury prevention information.


Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) is a youth development organization serving youth from ages 8 to 18. NBW has several locations throughout Philadelphia. To see which location is closest to your neighborhood check out their website for more information. Since 1996, NBW has offered classes on bike repair & bike safety after school, on weekends, and in the summer. By completing the classes and fixing up used bikes donated by the community, students can earn a bike for themselves with a helmet and a lock.


nrgBalance (short for “energy balance”) is a health promotion brand developed by the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital (Center). nrgBalance provides school and community health leaders with resources and programs to encourage youth and their families to eat healthy and be active.


PA Walks and Bikes is the voice for pedestrians and cyclists across the state of Pennsylvania.



The Safe Routes to School Resource Center is our state level Safe Routes to School clearing house for encouragement, promotion and support for Safe Routes to School activities. The Resource center offers curriculum and videos geared towards the 3rd and 6th grade audience in addition to trainings and funding opportunities.


The Philadelphia Department of Public Health serves the public to ensure healthy living, reduce health risks, promote healthy choices, educate the community, and advance the most up-to-date knowledge.


Philadelphia Parks & Recreation serves the public by providing activities, facilities, and programs to keep youth and adults living active and healthy lives.


The Philadelphia Police Athletic League is a non-profit corporation focused on “cops helping kids”.  Philly PAL is comprised of 27 centers across Philadelphia serving 26,000 youngsters both male and female. Each center is supervised by Philadelphia Police Officers who are assigned full-time to direct activities and oversee the young people. Programs include sport, educational and cultural opportunities.


PUFFA (Philadelphia Urban Food & Fitness Alliance) is part of a national movement funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to shape how we feed our children and create safe places where they can be physically active.


Safe Kids Pennsylvania is a great resource with childhood injury prevention information and curriculum. This organization also sponsors activities targeted to regional needs across the Commonwealth.


Street Smarts, Regional Highway Traffic Safety Project.  A region-wide public information and education campaign designed to raise awareness of traffic safety in many areas including pedestrian and bicycle safety. The program offers education programs including in-class lessons taught by a health educator and school assemblies.

National Resources

National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school, and strives to equip Safe Routes Philly and other similar programs nationwide with the knowledge and technical information to implement safe and successful strategies.


Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a network of more than 500 nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools and professionals working together to advance the Safe Routes to School Movement in the U.S.



The League of American Bicyclists’ mission is to to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.



The National Complete Streets Coalition seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel, and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed, and constructed.


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.


U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Safety develops projects, programs and materials for use in reducing pedestrian and bicyclist accidents.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Nutrition and Physical Activity Program has developed KidsWalk-to-School. This is a community-based program that aims to increase opportunities for daily physical activity by encouraging children to walk to and from school in groups accompanied by adults.



The Let’s Move Campaign offers resources to get kids active so that they see the physical activity they need not as a chore but as a fun way to explore our country. One of our favorites is the Let’s Move Outside Campaign.


The National Safety Council has compiled a helpful list of Back-to-School Safety resources.

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