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.

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)

Vizion Zero Long2The City of Eugene has officially launched their 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 our transportation system.  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 and community partners will eliminate deaths and serious injuries on Eugene streets.

We want you to join us to celebrate the beginning of this important effort.  We invite you to attend an event to publicly launch Vision Zero on National Walk + Bike to School Day.  The event will be held on Wednesday, October 5th from 7:20 – 8:15 am.  The City of Eugene is partnering with Better Eugene-Springfield Transit (BEST) and Eugene Safe Routes to School to celebrate the kick off of Vision Zero and raise awareness around the importance of transportation safety near schools.  We will be meeting at Albertsons on Hilyard & 30th to walk with children and their families over to Camas Ridge Elementary School.  The walking school bus will leave Albertsons at 7:30am.  Speeches will begin behind Camas Ridge at 8:00 am.

For more information on Vision Zero, go to https://www.eugene-or.gov/3239/Vision-Zero or contact Larisa Varela, Associate Transportation Planner, at Larisa.M.Varela@ci.eugene.or.us or (541)682-6887.


slow-way-home-poster-graphicThe 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.

 

Every Corner is a Crosswalk

Like this new video created by the City of Eugene to help educate folks that “Every Corner is Crosswalk”

Every Corner is a Crosswalk from City of Eugene on Vimeo.

Walk+Bike to School Day Registration is Open

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Walk+Bike to School Day is Wednesday, October 5th this year.

This free international event is held on the first Wednesday of October each year. Register your school to receive information on how to participate in this fun event. Once you register your school for Walk+Bike to School Day, be sure to order your free incentives! Incentives include: stickers, temporary tattoos, and prize ribbons. Once you’re registered your district’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator will contact you with information for more incentives and ideas on how to make the most of your Walk+Bike event.

Register now for Walk+Bike to School Day!

Getting Ready For Back to School Time

Group Ride Bike lane

It’s back to school time and as we wrap up summer vacation it’s time to start preparing for the new school year. From back to school supplies to new school clothes families are getting ready for school. So how about also getting ready for HOW you’re going to get to school?! To kick things off you can check out your school’s suggested walking maps, use the Eugene-Springfield bike map, use Google Maps to help you figure out a good route, or sign up for SchoolPool. Once you have a route it’s a good idea to walk or bike it a couple times with the kiddos to make sure you both feel comfortable and safe on it. Another great way to get more comfortable with biking to school is to take our Confident Cycling for Families class which we hold each Fall and Spring. This year’s class will be on Sunday, September 18th from 9am-Noon at Camas Ridge Community School (1150 E. 29th). If you start the year out with active transportation it will be easier to keep up the healthy habit and you’ll have a lot of fun too!
You can register for the class here and here are more details about it:

Shane Shoulder Check Drill

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.