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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.

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.
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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 bit.ly/EugSpfldCycloFemme15
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 http://cyclofemme.com/ 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.
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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
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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
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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.

Summer Bike Camps for Kids!

Summer Camps

If this nice weather has you thinking about summer biking then have we got some bike camps for you! Registration is open for Adventure Bike Camps (two camps for two different age groups) and a Singletrack Mountain Bike Camp. These are taught by the same Bike Safety Instructors who teach our Bike Safety Education classes in the schools; they are cool, safe, and fun instructors! Here’s more information and go here to register.

Adventure Bike Camp  

This camp is a week of wheeled adventure! You’ll explore the natural world, cruise the wetlands bike path, race the BMX track, mountain bike, and raft down the Willamette River. Become a safer cyclists by learning basic bike handling and maintenance skills, the rules of the road, and bike etiquette. Don’t miss this camp!
Ages 8-10, July 20-24, 10:00-4:00pm, $205.00 
Ages 11-13, Aug 17-21, 10:00-4-00pm, $205.00

Singletrack Mt. Bike Camp 

Take advantage of the amazing nearby mountain bike trails. Learn basic singletrack bike handling skills, trail etiquette, and maintenance. Start the week in town on the Ridgeline trails. Advance to trails in Cottage Grove and Oakridge. Please bring a well maintained trail bike. Loaner bikes available if needed.
Ages 11-14, Aug 3-7, 10:00-4:00, $220.00
Nearby Nature is also offering some great bike camps. Check them out and register here.

Daycampers head out on a bike ride through the park

Wheels to Water (2 sessions) (Ages 8-11)

June 29-July 3 OR July 27-31, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the Willamette riverside by bike! Watch water wildlife, visit CAT (the Center for Appropriate Transport), make bike smoothies, and learn to fix flat tires. Use maps to pedal yourself to some of Eugene’s best outdoor adventure spots. Park the wheels for one day and enjoy the water as you canoe on the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours!  *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.
  

Wandering Wheels- for Advanced Herons+ (ages 9-13)

August 17-21, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore nature along our area’s wonderful bike trails. Spend three days on the Willamette River bike paths plus one day on the Middle Fork Path (near Dorris Ranch) and one day on the Fern Ridge Bike Trail. Hone your bike maintenance skills and go on a special a ride to Skinner Butte Park for an introduction to Rock Climbing at the famous Columns, taught by the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program. Note: Different drop-off locations may be required for off-site rides. Participation limited to those who have previously attended Wheels to Water or whose biking skills can be verified by our instructor (must make arrangements in advance).  Extra fee for climbing, see registration form.

River Road Park and Recreation District has this fun looking class looking at transportation for tweens-teens:

How To Get From Here To There!

June 22-26. How many ways can you get around town?  This week we will be looking into the many avenues of transportation such as, riding a bike, taking the bus, walking and maybe a dune buggy ride!  We will check out the different ways to get from one place to another. Register here.

Event: Giving Our Children Freedom, Independence, and Health

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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 the event so we know how many people to expect. Join the Facebook event and spread the word.

Giving Our Children Freedom, Independence, and Health; from Free Range Kids to Playborhoods
Friday, May 15th 6-8:30pm
Hilyard Community Center (2580 Hilyard) & Amazon Community Center (2700 Hilyard)
6:00-6:30pm Social
6:30-7:30pm Speaker Mike Lanza,
7:30-8:30pm Forum & Workshop

Confident Cycling for Families Class

Register Here for our bi-annual Confident Cycling for Families Class! The class is April 18th, 9am-Noon. Families can also join us at 1pm for a Kidical Mass bike ride.

Class attendees will not only learn about basic traffic skills but also learn how to perform a bicycle safety check, how to properly fit a helmet, how to size a bicycle for a child, and how to properly carry things on a bicycle. Information will also be provided about gear and clothing, proper lighting, use of lights, and locking a bike. Half the course will be conducted indoors and the last portion will be held in the parking lot with skills & drills before a final ride on neighborhood streets.

This class is made for parents AND kids so all participants are asked to bring a bicycle and a helmet with them to class. Some reduced cost helmets will be available. Anyone requiring a loaner bicycle for the class is asked to state that in the comments section of the registration form. This class is geared towards children ages 5 – 13 and is free and open to all families but registration is required.  Join the Facebook event and spread the word!

Questions? Contact:
Shane MacRhodes
macrhodes@4j.lane.edu
541-556-3553

Walk+Bike Challenge Champion: Holly McRae

Originally posted on BTA website by Sarah Newsum 

You can be a Walk+Bike Challenge champion like Holly! There are many different ways to get involved and support the Walk+Bike Challenge. You can become a Challenge Coordinator for your kids, class, or entire school. Download the Coordinator Packet for handy tracking tips and scorecards that make it easy for you to track large groups or individuals. This month-long encouragement program is aimed at getting more kids walking and biking to school.

cyclofemme 084 (1)Holly McRae’s daughter is in the fourth grade at the Village School, a public charter school in the 4J school district. Holly works in the Village School Kitchen and also serves on the school’s Green Team, whose focus is on supporting the school’s sustainability goals and planning events to take place during Earth Week. Choosing a school that was walking/biking distance from their home was very important to Holly and her husband.

Holly has spent the last few years volunteering to promote active transportation at the Village School through various avenues. Holly draws excitement for kids biking to school by hosting small fun events. For the last two years, she has been offering what she calls “Bling your Bike” parties, where students can bring their bikes to decorate as they like. “I have found that this makes many kids super excited to ride their bikes throughout the school year (not just during the beautiful fall or spring days),” Holly says. walk & bike VS 006 (1)

In addition to the different events she hosts, she works hard to secure funding for various improvements and incentives. She was able to secure a blender bike to use as a creative way to raise awareness about active transportation and as an extra incentive for classes with the highest percentage of students walking and biking during the Walk+Bike Challenge. In order to secure the resources, she submitted a funding proposal to their parent council to partially pay for the blender bike and was able to pay for the remaining balance of the bike with donations from parents.

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Register Now for Walk+Bike Challenge Month!

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The Walk+Bike Challenge is the entire month of May and registration is now open!

The Walk+Bike Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more children and families to walk and bike to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods.

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

  1. Register your school

  2. Download the Coordinator Packet (PDF) for awesome tips, ideas, and resources

  3. Return to the website during the month of May to track your school’s walking and biking trips!

You’ll have support from the statewide program AND from me, your local Safe Routes to School Coordinator. You decide how much you want to do; hold a kick-off event, highlight National Bike to School Day on May 6th, 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 also 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 will equal $40). The first 250 orders will also receive a Walk+Bike helmet to use as an incentive. Once you register, you will receive an email with ordering details.

School Stipends – You can apply locally for a stipend of $200-$400, determined by school size. 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 Ellen Currier (ellen.currier@ltd.org), the Regional SRTS Coordinator to ask for a stipend. She’ll send you details and get you set up!

Register at walknbike.org!

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.

You can also join the Facebook event to hear what other parents and teachers are doing and then start planning for a fun Walk+Bike Challenge Month in May.