Walk+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.
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
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
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.