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Safe Routes to School

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(Washington D.C.) Supporters of bicycling, walking and healthy communities cheered today as Congressman James L. Oberstar (D-MN) announced the introduction of a bill to fund Safe Routes to School and create more bikeable and walkable communities. "This bill encourages children and adults to reacquaint themselves with the joys of human-powered transportation," said Oberstar.

At the heart of the Pedestrian and Cyclist Equity Act of 2018 (PACE) is a national Safe Routes to School program which would provide $250 million a year to fix unsafe conditions on roads near schools and encourage children to walk and bike to school. Representative Oberstar announced the new bill surrounded by children on bicycles and proponents of Safe Routes to School from around the country. He was joined by co-sponsors Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), and Rep. Nick Lampson (D-TX). Fourteen
members have co-signed so far, including Republican David Hobson of Ohio.

For complete news release, click here.

What is the difference between descriptive and expository essay writing?

What is an expository essay?

Many students cannot understand the difference between descriptive and expository essays as these kinds of papers have much in common. At the same time, these two types of essays are quite different in many respects. There are some particular elements that should be included in each type of essay, and if you mix up these elements, you will fail to succeed in writing your paper. Most students are not aware of the distinctions between the two types of essays and tend to write a paper on the basis of the topic assigned to them. They often neglect essential elements of descriptive and expository essays and therefore, there is nothing else to expect but a complete failure. Let's discuss what differentiates these two academic papers.

Expository essay is a kind of academic writing that is aimed at seeking factual data. When a student is assigned with writing an expository essay, they are given a question or a topic and their major task is to discover whether the statement is true or not. Students are expected to look for some helpful resources that will assist them in discovering the truth. That is why it is called expository.

Things you should know when writing an expository essay

When writing this type of essay, it is not compulsory to know much about the subject matter you have been asked to discuss. Therefore, you just need to conduct a thorough investigation to find out the details that are necessary in order to provide arguments in favor or against the subject in question.

What is a descriptive essay?

When writing a descriptive essay, you are expected to narrate about the things you know. It is all about describing some event or situation. You may be tasked with describing some person, educational establishment or some other subject depending on the context. The basic difference between expository and descriptive essays is that a descriptive essay suggests that you are familiar with the subject you are describing.

Things to consider when writing a descriptive essay

Unlike expository paper, descriptive essay represents a narration about something you are knowledgeable about. However, there is a bit more to take into consideration. In fact, just because descriptive essays contain the facts about familiar things, it is highly likely that you will not get a high grade for the paper too easily. This is because the easier the topic, the more difficult it is to get a good mark for the assignment.

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"America's Walking" on Public Broadcasting System

TBC Executive Director Gayle Cummins being interviewed by America's Walking host Mark Fenton for a special on Safe Routes to School in Texas to be aired in June. The site was Austin's showcase Pfluger Bridge a bicycle/pedestrian facility in the heart of the city.


America's Walking, a new weekly fitness, travel, and lifestyle series designed to promote what its title suggests, will be airing a segment on the Texas Safe Routes to School program in June.

How can you see this airing?
First, check out the web site and see if it will be shown on your local public television station. If it's not scheduled, be sure to call, write or email your PBS station (especially effective if you're a member) and request the show, or a more accessible time slot, if necessary.

Over 75% of stations carried last season's 13 episodes, though many scheduled it early on weekday mornings, thinking it was a pure "exercise" show. Those that recognized it as a healthy lifestyle program tended to slot it on weekend afternoons with other self-help programs (This Old House, cooking shows, etc.) with great success.

Click here for he Texas Department of Transportation official site for Safe Routes to School.


Call for projects issued August 2, 2002
Applications were due December 6, 2002!
Here is a link to the projects that were selected in the first call. 27 projects were selected out of 277 that were submitted.

What is Safe Routes to School?

For a quick overview of the Safe Routes to School program.

Ask yourself these questions?
  • Are there sidewalks for my children?
  • Are the intersections and crosswalks well marked?
  • Are the cars going slow enough?
  • Can I drop my child off without waiting in line?

If you answered "NO!" to any of these questions you need to submit a Safe Routes to School program application. $3,000,000 was available for construction projects under the TxDOT Safe Routes to School program. This funding is designed to help you fix the major safety problems with your children's school routes. The first call is done but others may be coming.

To get on the List for future notices

Tasks for next call

    Review any safety problems with your school routes
    Consider the eligible projects
    Talk with your ISD/City/County traffic safety personnel
    Download the Application/Manual/Evaluation (when they are available)
    Get approval from City/County
    Submit an Application (call Aug 2, must be submitted by December 6, 2002)

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