Getting Up to Speed

The Eugene Springfield Safe Routes to School mission is to serve a diverse community of parents, students, and organizations: advocating for and promoting the practice of safe bicycling and walking to and from schools throughout the Eugene Springfield area. More about Eugene Springfield SRTS.

Walk+Bike to School Day

WalknBike-logoIt’s just one week until Walk+Bike to School Day! We’ll see you out on the streets on Wednesday, October 7th.

Join the dozens of schools in the Eugene-Springfield area, hundreds around the state, and thousands around the country who are participating in this walking and biking to school event. Some schools are planning large events and some simple ones. No matter what your school is planning you can get into the action by parking that car and getting to school under your own power!

You can see if your school is registered here or get them signed up here.

There are some great resources to organize an event here, even a “plan an event in 7 days” flier. Join the fun. Walk & Bike to School this coming Wednesday!

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Weekend Fun!

This Saturday join the largest global family bike ride ever….Kidical Massive!! It all started here… now there are dozens of rides happening around the country and it’s time to all hold one giant ride together! There are over 50 rides around the world scheduled for this weekend.  Let’s make the Eugene ride the biggest family bike ride ever and show our city, our state, and the country that Eugene families love biking in our town!! Come celebrate family biking, cargo bikes, trailers, little ones biking, and a world changed by more kids biking more often! Meet at Monroe Park on Sept. 19th at 10am and we’ll ride over to the campus area for treats! See the Facebook Event and spread the word.

The final Sunday Streets  of the season is this Sunday (September 20th) and it looks like one of the best yet! It will be held in the Friendly Neighborhood from Noon-4pm. You can download a schedule and flyer here.

Eugene-Springfield SRTS will have a traffic garden course set-up at Adams Elementary and there are some other really fun activities planned around the neighborhood as well: Alaffia Bike Drive at Friendly Street MarketGEARsBike FridayArriving By Bike™ and Eugene Electric Bicycles, LLC at the Friendly Park Bike Expo.
Free Seeds and garden tours at Common Ground Garden and Smarttrips: EugeneCentro Latino AmericanoToolBox ProjectEugene Timbers Fútbol Club,Dave Nourie BMX Freestyle show and more at Adams Elementary School.

New SRTS Coordinator for Springfield

Please Welcome Springfield School District’s New Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Matthew bike picMatthew Fisher was recently hired as the Springfield School District’s next Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Coordinator. Matthew takes the place of Emma Newman, who recently moved on to a planning position with the City of Springfield Planning Department. Previously, Matthew has worked in various government agencies, most recently at the University of Oregon Police Department, in a role supporting its transition from a public safety agency to a full-fledged police force.

Matthew looks forward to working with Guy Lee Elementary School, Centennial Elementary School, and Briggs Middle School as they move into the evaluation stages of their SRTS action plans. Beginning in October, Matthew will meet with the principals of Two Rivers-Dos Rios Elementary School, Riverbend Elementary School, Mt. Vernon Elementary School, and Thurston Middle School to initiate the action plan development process. If you are interested in learning more about Safe Routes to School or in volunteering, please contact Matthew at

Summer Family Fun Rides & Camps!

Summer is wrapping up soon but we won’t let that stop us from enjoying some great family friendly events!

Kidical MassiveKidical MASSIVE; the largest global family bike ride ever!

September 19, 10am, Monroe Park 

It all started here in Eugene… now there are dozens of Kidical Mass rides happening around the country. It’s time to all hold one giant ride together! There our already over 30 rides registered around the country. Let’s make the Eugene ride the biggest one ever and show our city, our state, and the country that Eugene families love biking in our town!!

Come celebrate family biking, cargo bikes, trailers, little ones biking, and a world changed by more kids biking more often! Massive ride, treasures, surprises, and maybe a pirate or two. Join the Facebook Event and spread the word!

Learn to Ride Clinic & Traffic Garden at Eugene Sunday Streets (Friendly)
September 20, 12-4pm, Friendly Park


Walk+Bike to School Day is Wednesday October 7th. Make sure your school is registered!!

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Are you prepared in the event of a disaster? How could your bike help you and your family out in disaster? What is the potential of the bicycle for preparedness? Come to the Eugene Disaster Relief Trials on Saturday, October 17th to find out!

Some of the event attractions include a “Fiets of Parenthood” bicycle obstacle course (to be completed by parents and children teams), food vendors, beer garden, pedal powered music, fire trucks, Smokey the Bear, cargo bike viewing, fundraising raffle and emergency preparedness information.

You can even register to compete for the race in the Family Class !! Ride 10 miles with some basic emergency supplies and complete some fun simulation tasks; with your kid(s) on board your bike!

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Springfield SRTS Program is Hiring!

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I’d like to announce to all of you that I will be moving on to a new position as the Transportation Planner with the City of Springfield. I look forward to continuing my work creating safe transportation options for everyone in Springfield.

It has been an absolute honor to launch the Springfield Safe Routes to School program and accomplish so much in just under two years with the amazing support from our partners. For the first time this year, 9 Springfield schools participated in the Walk+Bike to School Challenge Month, 8 elementary schools implemented the pedestrian safety education course, and all 4 middle schools are receiving a 2-week bicycle safety education course annually with our own fleet of 42 bicycles. Crossing guards are receiving more training and support, more students are accessing free helmets with the police department coupons we provide, and annual walking and biking related transportation data is being collected at almost half of our schools, which allows us to see the impact over time. Large infrastructure improvements are also underway, including the Page parking lot construction project this summer that will provide students with a wide multi-use sidewalk leading to the front of the school, the sidewalk project and flashing crosswalk improvements at Thurston High School, and quality bicycle parking additions and improvements at multiple schools across the district. Each of these successes is great, however one of the most rewarding elements has been growing the network of people who are talking about and taking actions regarding walking, biking, safety, and health in our community.

Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported the launch of the Springfield Safe Routes to School program! I am sure that every one of you will continue to support the program as it continues to grow next year and in years to come, whether it’s professionally, through volunteering, walking the walk or biking the bike with your children, or serving as our new SRTS Coordinator.

If you are interested in applying for the Springfield SRTS Coordinator position, visit for the job posting, which is due by June 26th.

I look forward to seeing the Springfield program continue to grow and working with many of you in my new role.


Emma Newman

May is Walk+Bike Challenge AND National Bike Month!

May is Bike Month Webslide
Take a picture at an event, tag it #EugBikeMonth,
post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
More pics, more chances of winning
Beyond the Walk+Bike Challenge we’re excited to partner with the City of Eugene, point2point Solutions and other organizations and individuals throughout the community who are hosting events for National Bike Month.  With so many events happening it’s the perfect time to try out something new! Can’t walk or bike to school? How about trying out a fun recreational ride with the kids? Ride all the time to school? How about trying a bike overnighter without the kids?  In this post you can find a rundown of some of the great events happening in Eugene/Springfield throughout Bike Month. Like any bike event in Eugene these can also be found on the Community Bike Calendar.

Bike Month Supporters 

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Throughout all of May you can support our “Bike Safety Education Program” by both volunteering at one of the community rides held throughout all three school districts AND by buying your lunch at Wrap City in Kesey Square. Throughout the month of May, Wrap City will be donating a percentage of all of it’s sales to SRTS!  During Walk + Bike to School Challenge month we are challenging our students to walk and bike more but we also challenge the community to support our efforts by volunteering, buying local, and modeling good transportation choices! If you’d like to take your own challenge you can participate in the Business Commute Challenge. Form a team at your workplace, win some great prizes, and challenge your co-workers and friends to discover the joys of biking! The school districts already have some BCC teams formed; if you don’t see that your department has one get them signed up and be the Team Captain!

Here are some Bike Month highlights:

Find the FULL event list here.

Friday, 1st

Kick Bike Month off with a bike ride down to Wrap City (Kesey Square) for lunch and support Safe Routes to School then later in the day head down to Ninkasi as their Pints for a Cause is for Oregon Supported Living Program, who is having a “packet pick-up” for their Mohawk Valley Metric Century (see May 9th), and 25% of every pint goes towards programs for adults with developmental disabilities!


Saturday, 2nd

Bike Month Kick-Off Party  at Sam Bonds Brewery, 4-8pm

Join us at Sam Bond’s Brewing from 4-8 pm Saturday, May 2nd for some music, beer, and conversation. Enter to win great prizes too!
This is an all ages, all genders, everyone who bikes (to work, to the store, to football games, in races, in marathons, on trails…) event!
The South Hills String Band will be playing, starting at 6 pm.
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Sunday, 3rd

Moonlight Mash Ride – Star Wars Theme meet at Kesey Square, 7:45pm
 A long time ago in a galaxy far away….A social celebration of bicycling under the light of the full moon.
Meets at Kesey Square (Broadway and Willamette) around moonrise on the night of the full moon. Ride is ~5 miles long at commuting pace with one rest/dance stop. As always, remember we’re celebrating our strong bicycle culture, and part of that is setting a good example! Facebook event.
Remember your lights, and Ride This Way:

1. Stay in the Right Lane NEVER ride the sidewalk. NEVER ride against oncoming traffic.
2. Leave Nothing Behind
3. Stop at Red Lights.
4. Ride Straight, Ride Predictably.
5. Roll Past Conflict.
6. Leave No One Behind.
7. Ride Sober! It’s illegal and dangerous to ride a bicycle inebriated.
8. Communicate to Fellow Riders! (We need your help to remind those who aren’t following the rules!)

Moonlight Mash


 Wednesday, 6th

National Bike to School Day– Various events at area schools to encourage families and kids to bike to school. If you only bike to school one day a year…you’re crazy. Bike more! But if you can only bike one day, make it this one!
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 Saturday, 9th

Traffic Skills 101 Class, Whiteaker Community Center, 9am-5pm
This class informs and covers the skills and techniques to give riders the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic and on the trails. The course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike riding skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age twelve, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling and is a great resource for cyclists from beginning to experienced. A safe bike and helmet are needed in this class. Certification, League of American Bicyclists’ Road 1, is achieved upon the successful completion of this course and is the first step to become a League Cycling Instructor (LCI). Eugene will be hosting an LCI Seminar in June. This class has a $40 fee. Register here.

Week of 9th-15th

It’s the Business Commute Challenge! Sign up, register your business/office as a team, and join the fun!  Prizes, challenges, support, exercise, community, and FUN! Register. Walk. Bike. Bus. Pool. Click. Win. The more you participate the more chances you have to win. Facebook event.Business Commute Challenge



Sunday, 10th

CycloFemme Ride; Two locations to meet: Willamalane Swim Center in Springfield (1276 G St) OR Owens Rose Garden in Eugene (300 N Jefferson St). Both locations meet at 1:30 PM. Joint celebration at 2:45 PM in Island Park (south shelter)!

 “Slow paced social bike ride celebrating women on wheels”
CycloFemme is a socially-driven grass-roots celebration of women on bikes. We are of a growing community, for a growing community. Our annual Mother’s Day ride unites riders, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference to share in the joy of cycling. Ride with us in Springfield or Eugene on May 10, 2015 as we Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, and Empower the Future of Women in Cycling. Both rides will convene in Island Park at the end for a group celebration. All ages, genders, and levels welcome. Route information available at
Theme: pretty skirts (interpreted by you), temporary tattoos, music, and food! 
Presenting Sponsors: City of Eugene Transportation Planning and Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School and point2point solutions at LTD.
Food Sponsors coming soon! Let us know if you know of a business that would be interested in sponsoring with food donations.
Visit for more information on the worldwide celebration. Join the local Facebook event and invite your friends!
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Tuesday, 12th

Breakfast at the Bridges, DeFazio Bridge Special Business Commute Challenge edition, 7-9:30am. Breakfast at the Bridges is designed for path users and commuters to grab a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee, meet City staff, learn more about transportation in Eugene, and get a bicycle safety check all at the same time.  This signature summer event series celebrates the outdoors and encourages active transportation – especially walking and bicycling – to meet larger City goals, including: healthy living, sustainability and a vibrant business community. Breakfast at the Bridges features local advocacy organizations and local businesses who actively work toward these City goals. Full City Coffee, Bagel Sphere and Nancy’s, free bells, and bike registration at the event with bike safety checks by Arriving by Bike.

Thursday, 14th

Bike Touring 101 Class, UO Outdoor Program Barn (1225 E. 18th Ave.), 6-8pm
Want to go on a bike adventure? Join the UO Bike Program and our guest presenters to learn the ins and outs of bike touring in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Bring your route, gear, and logistics questions for our touring experts! FREE.
Bicycle Touring 101


Friday, 15th

National Bike to Work Day. If you only bike to work one day during the Business Commute Challenge this is the day to do it!
 Bike to Work Day

Friday, 15th

Playborhood and Free Range Kids Speaker & Forum, Amazon Community Center, 6-8:30pm

Giving Our Children Freedom, Independence, and Health; from Free Range Kids to Playborhoods, how can we as a community help families and kids rediscover childhood? Mike Lanza, author of Playborhood will speak and then we will hold a forum and workshop session on the topic of creating a better city for kids and families and building a culture that supports childhood independence and freedom. While the parents gather at the Hilyard Center the kids will work on some fun activities and games next door at the Amazon Community Center. It’s like a date-night, except dinner is free, the drinks aren’t as strong and you get to build a better community!
Join us for this special LiveMove, City of Eugene, and Safe Routes to School event! Please register for this free event so we know how many kids and parents to expect.Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard Street
6:00-6:30pm Social
6:30-7:30pm Speaker Mike Lanza
7:30-8:30pm Forum & Workshop

Saturday, 16th

Kidical Mass Bike Friday Field Trip Ride

Bike Friday is the largest local bike manufacturing facility in the state (country?); they build bikes for our local bike safety education fleet and have recently started producing a great family bike called the Haul-a-Day . Come take a field trip to the facility and see how the bikes are built.
It’s like a Mister Roger’s episode but in real life!
Picnic Lunch! Bring some food and we’ll add some too and provide some beverages too.
Two departure locations including our first Bethel School District Kidical Mass ride!
Meet at Monroe City Park (10th & Monroe) or WREN in the West Eugene Wetlands (751 S. Danebo Ave) at 11am


Wednesday, 20th

Ride of Silence– The ride will start at 6:30pm  from the Educational Memorial Plaza on Bailey Hill Road, please arrive at 6pm for the reading of the names of members of our community who have lost their lives on the road, and to hear the invited speaker. The ride will end at the David Minor Theater, where we will gather to hear stories about our love ones that we have lost cycling on our public streets.

Ride of Silence


Wednesday, 20th

Bike in Shapes Ride, Hop Valley (Eugene), 7pm

To celebrate Bike Month, we will ride in the shape of a “Bikeosaurus.”
Isn't that a cute little helmet :-)
Isn’t that a cute little helmet :-)

Friday, 29th

Breakfast at the Bridges Bike Month Wrap-up celebration, Blue Heron Bridge, 7 – 9:30AM (Grassy area off of the Fern Ridge Path behind Caesar Chavez Elementary School).  Breakfast at the Bridges is designed for path users and commuters to grab a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee, meet City staff, learn more about transportation in Eugene, and get a bicycle safety check all at the same time.  This signature summer event series celebrates the outdoors and encourages active transportation – especially walking and bicycling – to meet larger City goals, including: healthy living, sustainability and a vibrant business community. Breakfast at the Bridges features local advocacy organizations and local businesses who actively work toward these City goals. Full City Coffee, Bagel Sphere and Nancy’s, free bells, and bike registration at the event with bike safety checks by a local bike shop.

Saturday, 30th

Transportation Game Show, Blairally Vintage Arcade, 5pm (get there early to get your game board)
Wrap up Bike Month and come show your bike knowledge or transportation wonkiness. Topics from bike pop culture to the MUTCD. A FUNdraiser for Safe Routes to School. More information soon!
Transportation Game Night
The End….now keep riding.