Deb Hubsmith is a owner and executive of a Safe Routes to School National Partnership — though she’s most some-more than that. She came adult with a concept, ran a internal commander program, got it saved during a sovereign turn and has grown a SRTS transformation during a unusual rate.
Now a thoughts are with her and a Partnership.
As Margaux Mennesson wrote on a Partnership blog yesterday: “Last week, while visiting a alloy for flu-like symptoms, Deb Hubsmith was diagnosed with strident myeloid leukemia (AML). This form of leukemia comes on really quickly, and Deb’s doctors held it early and started diagnosis right away. She will be in and out of a sanatorium over a subsequent integrate of months while going by chemotherapy. Once treated, AML has a good discount and presence rate. Her doctors entirely pattern discount following her diagnosis course.”
Earlier this year, we featured a form of Hubsmith and wanted to take this event prominence her many contributions to a transformation — and supplement a support.
Women’s (Bike) History: Deb Hubsmith (March 21, 2013)
Guest post by Margo Pedroso, Deputy Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
As a owner and executive of a Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Deb Hubsmith has done it her life’s work to safeguard that kids can safely float bicycles and walk.
Paradoxically, she got her start in a bike transformation as a driver. Nearly 20 years ago, another motorist crashed into Deb’s car, and she swore she would not get another. Following by on that guarantee valid severe — her home bottom in Marin County, California, lacked protected bicycling and walking infrastructure. This propelled Deb to get concerned in bicycle advocacy.
In a late 1990s, Deb rode a solar-powered electric bike to schools to pronounce about walking, bicycling, transformation and these connectors to health. Public courtesy from that plan snowballed into Deb apropos a executive executive of a newly shaped Marin County Bicycle Coalition, where she led many campaigns, including securing appropriation for most of North/South Greenway, that will be a 90-mile pathway along a rail line from Sausalito by Sonoma.
As partial of her flourishing involvement, Deb trafficked to Europe to see their bicycle infrastructure and activities and was desirous by a Sustrans Safe Routes to School program. She brought that information behind to a states and started operative on efforts to get some-more kids walking and bicycling to and from schools. Word eventually widespread to then-Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), who cumulative $50,000 in commander module appropriation for Marin County to run a Safe Routes to School program.
Deb kept in hold with Oberstar, and with advocacy assistance from a America Bikes coalition, a commander led to a investiture of a sovereign Safe Routes to School module in 2005. As a outcome of that legislation, some-more than $1.1 billion was done accessible over a march of a subsequent 8 years to all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
At a same time, Deb strictly launched a nonprofit Safe Routes to School National Partnership, after some-more than dual years of planning, with assistance from a League of American Bicyclists. Bikes Belong concluded to horde a new organization, and Deb cumulative additional appropriation from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, cementing a linkage between Safe Routes to School and a debate to retreat childhood obesity.
Since then, it’s been a quick float for Deb. As executive of a National Partnership, Deb sets a prophesy for a classification and provides leadership, slip and instruction for programs, policies and staff to build a inhabitant transformation that advances street-scale improvements and common use agreements by programs, process change and publicity. The National Partnership now has a $3 million budget, 25 staff and some-more than 600 organizational partners. Collectively, a Safe Routes to School sovereign module has saved some-more than 14,000 schools, and a transformation extends over a sovereign appropriation to thousands some-more schools and millions of children nationwide.
Schools are during a heart of communities and health for a nation. Building from Deb’s joining to partnership and destiny generations, a National Partnership and a supporters have propelled a transformation into a catalytic change-maker, assisting a open and process makers rethink how we pattern a communities and schools so that they are walkable and bikeable for kids and everyone.
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