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)
The 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.
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.