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.

New SRTS Coordinator for Springfield

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

bl-4Laughton Elliott-DeAngelis was recently hired as the Springfield Public School’s next Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Coordinator. Most recently, Laughton worked for the University of Oregon’s Outdoor Program where he focused on program development and designing outdoor events. He was passionate about promoting inclusion, and sustainability in outdoor recreation.

Laughton is excited to work with Douglas Garden Elementary, Mt. Vernon Elementary, and Thurston Elementary schools which have been selected to undergo SRTS action plans this year. If you are interested in learning more about Safe Routes to School or in volunteering, please contact Laughton at:

laughton.elliott-dea@springfield.k12.or.us

Safe Routes to School Town Hall

for-every-kidWhat: Safe Routes to School Town Hall hosted by the For Every Kid Coalition
Date: Tuesday, December 6th
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 4pm.
Place: Roosevelt Middle School Cafeteria, 500 E 24th Ave, Eugene
Snacks: Provided!

Please RSVP.

In 2017, we have a once in a generation opportunity to put kids and families first. Let’s seize this moment and make our roads safe so that every kid can walk, bike, and access transit to school. Join the For Every Kid Coalition for this community event, bring your friends, and find out how!

Childcare will be provided upon request.

At this event you will learn:

  • What’s new with the Eugene, Springfield, and Bethel Safe Routes to School programs!
  • Why Representative John Lively loves Safe Routes to School and why streets matter for all generations!
  • How the For Every Kid Coalition is working to make it safe for every kid to walk, bike, and access transit to school in Eugene and Oregon.
  • How to provide public testimony and other things you can do to make sure that every kid in Eugene has a safe route to school!

RSVP today!

Thanks to our event partners: Point2point at Lane Transit District, Eugene and Springfield Safe Routes to School, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and AARP!

Join the Facebook event and spread the word!


 

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For Every Kid is a growing coalition of community, public health, and social justice organizations dedicated to making safe routes to school for every kid by advocating for dedicated funds for Safe Routes to School programs and projects that make streets safe. Supporters include the Community Alliance of Tenants, the Community Cycling Center, and thousands more.

Right now, kids who most need opportunities for physical activity don’t have the necessary safe infrastructure—sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes—in their communities and around their schools to support a healthy childhood.

Safe Routes to School Works! When education is combined with making streets safe, there is a 40% average increase in walking and biking trips to school. This kind of comprehensive program will have regional significance in regards to health, safety, and equity.

Read the latest news for For Every Kid here and follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

LeeAnne Fergason
Safe Routes to School Director
For Every Kid Campaign Manager
tel: 503-226-0676 x26

ODOT Announces Funding for SRTS Projects Throughout Oregon

Via ODOT:

Eight applicants have been awarded funds that will help young students walk, bike and roll safely to and from school. The funds are specifically set aside for non-infrastructure investments, aimed at education and encouragement, and include things like teaching students safe practices, developing action plans around schools and more. Awardees and awards for 2017 – 2019 are:

  • City of Gresham, ($29,912 award, match of $92,035): for completing action plan, crosswalk enforcement and other efforts.
  • City of Hillsboro ($99,999 award, match of $23,901): for creating action plans for eight schools, holding educational events and more.
  • City of Portland ($135,000 award, match of $135,783): for hiring a coordinator that will be shared with Portland Bureau of Transportation and David Douglas School District, expanding program and other efforts.
  • Clackamas County ($127,500 award, match of $58,999): for hiring staff to implement safe routes activities, develop action plans, conduct training and more.
  • Jackson County ($90,000 award, match of $18,000): for hiring coordinator that will partner with Eagle Point, Central Point and Medford schools, develop “school champions” and other activities.
  • Lane Transit District Point2Point ($134,652 award, match of $134,427): for hiring coordinator that will be housed in Springfield Public School District and will be responsible for planning/implementation of comprehensive safe routes program.
  • Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments ($133,447 award, match of $29,730): for supporting coordinated safe routes program in Sweet Home School District, Lebanon Community Schools, Greater Albany Public Schools, Jefferson School District and Harrisburg School District.
  • Commute Options of Central Oregon ($129,682 award, match of $45,900): for hiring coordinator to implement strategies and collect data that supports efforts in Bend-La Pine School District.

Safe Routes to School Program goals are based on the “6 E’s” – Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, Engineering and Equity. While this award program does not pay for engineering or infrastructure, the work it does support can lead to those kinds of investments, in partnership with local transportation agencies. For example, action plans involve activities such as identifying what barriers exist in the infrastructure surrounding schools. These plans also look at ways to increase the physical activity level of children while safely going to and from school.

Also note; Springfield is hiring for the Safe Routes to School Coordinator and it closes this Friday!

Walk+Bike and Vision Zero

WalknBike LogoWalk+Bike to School Day is right around the corner! Several schools have some great events planned throughout our region. Here are a couple events you might be interested in that are connected to this special fall event.

Walk+Bike to School and Vision Zero Launch Celebration
Camas Ridge Elementary, Wednesday, October 5th (7:30-8:15)

 

Parents, brothers, sisters, family, friends and community members are invited to join Camas Ridge students in walking, biking, skating or riding the bus to school on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in celebration of International Walk + Bike to School Day and the Community Kick-Off of Vision Zero – Eugene! The City is partnering with Better Eugene-Springfield Transit and and Eugene Safe Routes to School to celebrate the beginning of Vision Zero in Eugene and raise awareness around the importance of transportation safety near schools.

A group of parents, students, City staff and community members will be gathering at Albertsons, in the parking lot, on Hilyard and 30th to walk with students and their families up to Camas Ridge Elementary School. The walking school bus will leave Albertsons at 7:30am. The whole school will gather on the playground before school to celebrate Camas Ridge’s long-standing commitment to using alternate forms of transportation to reduce pollution and minimize our carbon footprint. There will be music, prizes, fruit, bagels, etc. The Mayor and Community Leaders will speak at 8am after the students have gone into class, we hope parents, siblings and community members can stay for the speeches.

Volunteers help hand out snacks and bike maps, greet students, and take pictures. Contact for Sarah Yapp at maisieland@gmail.com volunteering information.Vizion Zero Long2

The City of Eugene has launched the Vision Zero, transportation safety effort. In Eugene, every year, an average of 6 people are killed and 34 people experience life changing injuries due to crashes on Eugene’s streets. In November 2015, Eugene City Council adopted a Vision Zero Resolution that set as official policy the vision zero goal that no loss of life or serious injury on Eugene’s transportation system is acceptable. Over the next year, a group of leaders from the City and community will be working together on a Task Force to create a Vision Zero Action Plan. The Action Plan will lay out how the City, other agencies and community organizations will focus on eliminating deaths and life changing injuries on Eugene streets.


The Slow Way Home Documentary + Panel Discussion
Monday, October 3rd, Roosevelt Middle School
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In Japan, 98 percent of children walk to school. In the United States, only 13 percent do. It’s time for a change. A benefit for Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to Schools. This event is free and we are asking that you support our work to increase the number of kids who can safely walk or roll to school by giving as you can. Join the Facebook event and spread the word.

Doors open: 6:00 PM
Screening & panel discussion: 6:30 PM
with Len Schoppa, Writer
Skye Fitzgerald, Producer
SlowWayHomeFilm.com

Synopsis:
The way children travel to school structures daily life for families around the world–but the means differs dramatically. In Japan 98 percent of children walk to school every day, unaccompanied by a parent. In the United States just 13 percent of children walk or bike to school, and most are driven to school by a parent. The Slow Way Home explores this divergence, examining how American families have largely given up on keeping our streets and public spaces safe enough for children, while Japanese communities have mobilized to keep their streets safe and walkable, not only for children but for everyone in society. Seen through both a historical and contemporary framing, The Slow Way Home is an uplifting examination of differences in culture that provides both insight into a distressing trend in American society and simultaneously offers hope for change.

Join Us For Sunday Streets

Salmon Traffic Circle Sunday StreetsIn just under two weeks we’ll be celebrating the second Eugene Sunday Streets of the summer. This sixth annual free celebration focuses on building community and promoting an active lifestyle in a very fun way; by reclaiming the public space of the street for fun! On Sunday, September 25th, from noon to 4 p.m., there will be a car-free route that opens the streets for thousands of people to walk, roll and dance through the streets and we’ll be joining in on the fun.

The event will be in south Eugene and connects the Fairmount, South University and Amazon neighborhoods. This fun, free event is presented by the City of Eugene. Amazon, University and Washburne parks will be featured as major activity centers along the route. Activities include live music stages, try-for-free fitness classes, hula hooping, dancing, historic walking tours, free yoga classes offered all day including a session of yoga for kids, and more. At the bicycle expo activity center children can learn to ride safely in the “traffic garden and everyone can enjoy other fun bike-centered activities. Route maps and the full activity schedule are online at www.eugenesundaystreets.org .

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With no designated start or finish, the two-way route can be enjoyed by foot, bicycle, roller skate, skateboarding or dancing at everyone’s own pace. The event is designed to get the entire community outside, having fun and enjoying healthy activities in Eugene’s public spaces while showing how easy it is to get around without a car.

Eugene Sunday Streets will highlight the many amenities and local businesses along the south Eugene route. Although neighbors are encouraged to limit or postpone driving between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the event, there will be a number of designated intersections where residents can access their homes and local businesses.

To volunteer or learn more about Eugene Sunday Streets please go to www.eugenesundaystreets.org or contact the City of Eugene Transportation Planning Office at 541-682-5094 or SundayStreets@ci.eugene.or.us.

 

Welcome Back to School!


Stay Sharp Back to School

Students are heading back to school this week – there are nearly 25,000 students in the Eugene-Springfield area.

Thanks in part to the efforts of Safe Routes to School initiatives across the region, more and more families that live in the walk zone are walking or rolling to school, and the number of kids dropped off by private car is dropping.

Some of these students will be finding their way to a new school on foot or by bus, some walking or rolling to school for the first time.

Starting this week, the number of cars on the road will increase – as much as 25% of morning traffic can be attributed to school drop offs. School zones will activate again, and it’s important to remember to slow down around schools and anywhere there are pedestrians.

Always remember to put down your phone while driving and pay attention to the road. Give yourself some extra time in the morning for the next few weeks as everyone settles into the new morning routine.

We wish you a happy back to school, and safe travels.