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.

Walking and Rolling into Spring

There’s no better way to usher in Spring then to get active outdoors. May 10th is National Bike to School Day and schools around the country are celebrating the day, the week, or the month by participating in events that get kids walking, biking and rolling to school.

The Eugene-Springfield region is lucky to have a network of school communities that value the benefits of active transportation. This May, almost 30 elementary and middle schools in the 4J, Bethel and Springfield school districts will participate in the Walk+Roll Challenge. The Walk+Roll Challenge is a friendly, month-long competition aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk, bike and roll to and from school. Participating schools are organizing activities and events that will challenge families to consider a car-free way to school.

Did I mention that participating schools are eligible to win cash awards and that there are loads of small incentives and larger prizes for the kids?

The Walk+Roll Challenge is organized by volunteers. If you’re interested in helping a school participate in the Walk+Roll Challenge, contact your school district’s SRTS Coordinator.

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Bob Beals is the new Bethel SRTS Coordinator!

BBob Beals (1)ob Beals was recently hired as the Bethel School District’s next Safe Routes to School Coordinator. This half time appointment is responsible for increasing the percentage of Bethel school youth safely walking and biking to school through education, encouragement and enforcement activities and programs. Bob hopes to build on the successes of Salmon (Sam) Norgaard-Stroich who held the position for two years.

Bob worked for the University of Oregon, University of Idaho and University of Iowa in various roles for over 30 years and has been an active bicyclist and walker/hiker forever! Bob is excited about collaborating with students, teachers and parents of the Bethel community to positively impact their understanding and use of active transportation options, in a safe and healthy manner.

If you are interested in learning more, becoming a volunteer or have insights to contribute to the Safe Routes to School Program please contact Bob at:

Bob Beals
Bethel Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Office 47A (Shasta Middle School)


Support Safe Routes to School for Every Kid and Celebrate Shane’s Transition!

shaneWhen: 5-7pm, Friday January 13th

Where: Oakshire Brewing, 207 Madison St. Eugene

It’s been a great ride for Shane MacRhodes as Program Manager of the Eugene 4J Safe Routes to School Program; let’s celebrate his transition and all that he and the Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School Program has achieved over his tenure with help from many of you!
Join us great food, drink, music and company! While you’re at it, you can do your part to continue to improve streets for every kid by dropping off a postcard for the For Every Kid Campaign. We’ll have a stack there (or pick one up ahead of time at Arriving By Bike™), and Oakshire Brewing will give you a dollar off your drink for signing and turning in a card.
Please join us and spread the word through the Facebook Event!

Q & A with Sarah Mazze, incoming Safe Routes to School Program Manager for Eugene 4J School District

Q: Sarah, what were you doing before working on Safe Routes to School?sarah-mazze

A: For the last three years, I was the Volunteer Coordinator for Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah. Prior to that, I was a Program Manager with The Resource Innovation Group (also known as Climate Leadership Initiative) working on reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the household, business and community level through behavior change programs like a solar bulk purchasing program and climate change education programs. I got my start on this type of work as a graduate student at the University of Oregon working with undergraduate teams participating in the Environmental Leadership Program.

Q: Sarah, you’ve told us that the Safe Routes to School Coordinator position is a dream job for you. What’s exciting to you about Safe Routes to School?

A: In so many cases, the solutions to major societal challenges have side effects that threaten to outweigh the benefits. In this case, we’re bundling up multiple problems – traffic injuries, obesity and health problems related to inactivity, climate change, a disconnect from nature – and providing a graceful solution through Safe Routes to School. It’s not a simple solution, but in that sense it’s also realistic and more interesting. I love the “6 E’s” of the program and the fact that we’re not just encouraging and educating people around using active transportation, but also improving infrastructure to make walking and biking easier and safer.

Q: What’s been your favorite walking or biking trip?

A: Hands down, the John Muir Trail. My husband and I spent three weeks hiking it the year before our daughter was born. Every vista was breath-taking, and not just because we were hanging out at around 10,000 feet for much of it!

Q: How else do you enjoy spending time?

A: I get great joy from time with my family and friends; making music; and being outside camping, hiking, biking and gardening. I also volunteer with Eugene to address climate change.

Welcome Sarah!

You can reach Sarah Mazze, Safe Routes to School Program Manager for Eugene 4J School District at

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:

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!



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