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.

Tell USDOT that Transportation is About More than Just Cars!

Originally published by Safe Routes to School National Partnership

What the US Department of Transportation chooses to measure has an impact on which transportation projects get built in uour state and community—and on your ability to feel safe while walking and bicycling to school and in your neighborhood.

Several years ago, in the MAP-21 transportation law, Congress charged the USDOT with creating a system of performance measures for which state departments of transportation (DOTs) and major metropolitan areas will set goals for improvement – and then fund and build transportation projects that make progress towards those goals.

Unfortunately, in the newest batch of proposed performance measures, the US Department of Transportation is saying that what matters is moving as many cars as quickly as possible—and that people walking, bicycling, and taking transit aren’t even worth counting.

Take action buttonThe draft rule proposes to measure the “performance” of our transportation system as well as congestion and freight movement by counting how fast cars are moving. There are eight proposed measures—and seven of them exclusively look at the speed of cars and trucks or traffic delays on major roads, many of which bisect small towns or are critical thoroughfares in our cities. (The eighth is about traffic-related air pollution.)

Why is this focus on speed to the exclusion of all else an issue? read more…

Fun Family Bike Events Coming Up

Here are some great family bike events coming up. Stay tuned for even more event listings that fill Walk+Bike Challenge month with a lot of fun!!


Saturday, April 23rd, 10am, Riverplay Park
Join us for a ride from Riverplay Park (North side of Skinners Butte) to BRING Recycling for their special Earth Day event. We’ll ride the path through a good portion (more than we usually do) and then wind our way through some back streets of Glenwood to get toBRING event. See the route map here.
BRING Earth Day 2016
Urban Cycling Madi Carlson
Save the Date –Friday Evening, May 20th–
Family Biking: From Everyday Transport to Full On Adventures
A special presentation and inspiration from local & national experts to help you take the first steps to getting your family on bikes or to take your riding adventures to the next level.  Art & child entertainment while parents gather to share and have fun! Supported by Arriving by Bike & Safe Routes to School. More information soon!


Saturday, May 21st, 2pm, Monroe Park
Join us as we welcome Madi Carlson, author of “Urban Cycling” and family biking rock star from Seattle, who will be in town for a couple special events including taking part in one of our classic Kidical Mass rides from Monroe Park to Prince Pucklers ice cream/playground. This will be a fun ride for everyone and is part of the May is Bike Month events happening throughout the whole month. Come out and ride with a bunch of great people, play at two playgrounds, and have some great local ice cream. Does life get much better? See the route map here.Kidical Mass Camping registration is open!


Saturday/Sunday. June 18th/19th  
Join us for one our most popular rides of the year!  (Registration required)

Annual National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest

School-Bus-Stopped

You are invited to participate in the National School Bus Safety Week annual poster contest. This year’s theme is: #StopOnRed. Any student in public or private school may enter. All entries due by May 13th.

Entries are divided into these categories:

  • Division 1 – Grades K-2
  • Division 2 – Grades 3-5
  • Division 3 – Grades 6-8
  • Division 4 – Special Education (any grade)
  • Division 5– Computer-Aided Drawing (any grade)
Regional and State Prizes!!
$50.00 – 1st place in each division
$25.00 – 2nd place in each division
  • Enter by submitting a poster, with the following guidelines:
  • Must have #StopOnRed on poster
  • Use 11”x17” or 12”x18” quality tag, poster, illustration board, or heavy paper.
  • Use any media (paint, print, crayon, pen, etc.) that you want.
  • Do not laminate, use stencils, stickers, tracings, glued paper, wood, plastic, glass, or metal as part of your design.
  • All drawings and lettering must be freehand.
  • Do not use any copyrighted characters, photographs, and magazine or newspaper illustrations.
  • Securely attach a 3”x5” card with your name, grade, age, school name, school address, name of county, and teacher’s name to the back of your poster.
  • Send your poster to the address listed below.
  • Please do not Roll or Fold Posters when mailing.
  • All entries must be postmarked by May 13, 2016.

You must follow these guidelines to be qualified for the poster contest. All entries become the property of the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association

CONTACT PERSON:
Carla Tysor
Bethel SD 52
Special Need Transportation
1730 Taney Street Eugene, OR 97402
541-607-1499

 

Register Now for the May Walk+Bike to School Challenge!

Register early for Walk+Bike to School Challenge Month and get FREE INCENTIVES and $200 for your school!

  • Free Incentives for the first 250 schools that register
  • $200 for the first schools in each district to register

The Walk + Bike Challenge is a fun event with schools across the country participating.  Our goal is to get as many kids (and parents and staff!) using active transportation to school.

WalknBike-logoThe Walk+Bike Challenge is the entire month of May and registration is now open! REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL TODAY to make sure you get your full incentives!

You can choose to engage in the entire month, one week, or one day.  The Spring Walk + Bike day is Wednesday May 4th.

Participation in the Walk+Bike Challenge is easy and fun!

  1. Register your school
  2. Designate a School Champion
  3. Check out the “Resources” page on the Walk + Bike website, especially the coordinator packet for awesome tips, ideas, and resources
  4. Return to the website during the month of May to track your school’s walking and biking trips!
  5. Contact your district coordinator for help, support and/or ideas.

Although anyone from your school can register your school, ideally each school will designate a “School Champion” to coordinate the event at your school.  School champions are often parent volunteers, PTO members, staff members, and occasionally principals.

You’ll have support from me, your local Safe Routes to School Coordinator as well as the Statewide and National Safe Routes program. You decide how much you want to do; hold a kick-off event, highlight National Bike to School Day on May 4th, do the whole month challenge or just a week or two of it. The important part is to register and participate in some way.

Order FREE Incentives & Apply for a Stipend!

Free incentives – Once you register your school you will be able to order fun and free incentives to encourage participants during the Challenge. You can order a variety of incentives for free OR choose a prepared box with an assortment of incentives (value is around $40). Once you register, you will receive an email with ordering details.

School Stipends – Available to the first schools that register (12 in 4J, 5 in Bethel, & 8 in Springfield)! Funds can be used anyway you’d like to encourage more walking and biking during May. That could be more incentives, prizes, healthy food, or any creative idea to make a great event happen. Email Cody Franz, the Regional SRTS Coordinator to ask for a stipend. He will send you details and get you set up!

Weekly Prize Drawings!

You can track on a weekly basis or for the whole month. Tracking is simple! You can use the material in the Coordinator Packet or make your own poster or card for keeping track of how many students are walking or rolling to school. Then you use the online Activity Tracker to log participant trips. Why track every week? The BTA will hold weekly prize drawings for schools that log trips each week to win extra incentives, gift certificates, and other great prizes.  Register your school now and start planning for a fun Walk+Bike Challenge Month in May!  Don’t hesitate to contact me for help and support!

Once you register with Walk + Bike, they will automatically register you with the National Safe Routes to School program, and also Fire Up Your Feet.  Fire Up Your Feet has even more ways to earn money and incentives for your school for tracking physical activity – several schools in Eugene/Springfield have used this piece to bring in extra money for the PTO!

Your district Safe Routes to School coordinators look forward to working with you and supporting your school in this fun event!

Let the Walking and Rolling begin!

Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Information Session

OR bikepedplanJoin LiveMove, Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), and the City of Springfield to learn more about the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to ensure people walking and biking are prioritized in our state. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the draft currently being updated, why it is important, and have the opportunity to give feedback directly on the plan through ODOT’s online open house and written comments. Gerik Kransky, the Advocacy Director at the BTA and a member of the plan’s Policy Advisory Committee, will be there to talk about the plan and facilitate discussion. 

When: Tuesday, February 9th: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Sprout! (418 A St, Springfield)

You can also read more about the plan and participate in a virtual open house here or submit comments by emailing ORBikePedPlan@odot.state.or.us if you can’t make it. Your input is incredibly valuable. 

New U-Lock or U Lose Posters

With bicycle theft an ongoing (and for some areas a growing) issue for schools throughout Eugene and Springfield, we’re on a mission to make things better. South Eugene High School was even ranked as the #1 theft location in Eugene and we want to do something about that! One way we can do this is through education. We’ve created a new poster to show students, in a clear and direct way, how to properly lock up their bikes.

U Lock It Poster Graphic

 

Last year we also created the School Bike Parking Assessment Tool which not only created a resource for schools around the country but it also helped us identify a local need and find sponsorship to bring dozens of new racks to our area schools. We continue to work with all three local school districts to improve our bike parking for students, aiming to have safe, accessible, and secure parking that is inviting to students and discouraging to thieves.

Watch for these posters in the coming weeks! A special thank you to University of Oregon Housing for adapting their graphics for us!