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.

Eugene to Host Oregon Safe Routes to School Conference

The Oregon Safe Routes to School Network has announced Eugene as their selection to host the 2016 Oregon SRTS Conference and Training! The conference will be held on June 20-21 and will include speakers and sessions for new and veteran SRTS practitioners, staff, volunteers, and partners. A training will be held on June 22-23 and will include sessions on the Oregon Bicycle Safety Education and Pedestrian Safety Education curriculum as well as a “Traffic Skills 101” class. Along with speakers, presentations and classes there will be networking, social time, and special tours centered around getting more kids healthy and active through active transportation. The event will be a great time to learn more and share your knowledge about Safe Routes to School while also showing off what makes Eugene a great place to bike, walk, and roll!  We’re excited to host and we hope you can join us.

Bike Education Wrapping Up Season

Thanks to all of our instructors, teachers, students, and volunteers for another successful and safe fall season for the Bike Safety Education program!


We had around 400 students go through our classes this fall in 14 classes at 7 different schools in our three districts.  Although there were a couple of bumps and scrapes (mostly from riding too close) all the rides were successful and enjoyed by the students who took part.


Thanks go out to the wonderful instructors from the City of Eugene recreation program at the River House who made it all happen. Those include the program coordinator, Zane Wheeler and the veteran instructors: Michelle, Moth, and Salmon (also the Bethel SRTS Coordinator)- who continue to show their passions and skill working with youth and transferring their knowledge to what a little human powered machine can accomplish.  Also a special thanks to the new instructors: Larisa, Ken, Andrea, Jessica, Skip, and Caleb- for putting the effort into the classes and moving more bikes than they ever thought possible.  We are very lucky to have this great team teaching our youth the on-the-road bike safety education program!


The quality and thought of their contributions shows through when the kids are in the class and when the teachers speak afterwards about the class.  A program of this scale would not continue without the care and energy these instructors bring.  We are sometimes amazed at the slow process of growth for many of the new riders, but when we see a student that went from never being on a bike, to riding with classmates through a neighborhood, we can all be especially proud of the progress.  Even students that may never ride a bike again are learning to expect and see bikes when they become drivers.


The adaptive bikes were used with success in many of the classes this year and we even received a generous donation of a new high-end scooter as another option when choosing adaptive bikes.  We are incredibly lucky and thankful to have these resources through our partnership with the City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation program.


Now we move into the Pedestrian Safety Education season in our elementary schools for the winter season and then restart Bike Safety Education again in the Spring!

Walk+Bike to School Day

WalknBike-logoIt’s just one week until Walk+Bike to School Day! We’ll see you out on the streets on Wednesday, October 7th.

Join the dozens of schools in the Eugene-Springfield area, hundreds around the state, and thousands around the country who are participating in this walking and biking to school event. Some schools are planning large events and some simple ones. No matter what your school is planning you can get into the action by parking that car and getting to school under your own power!

You can see if your school is registered here or get them signed up here.

There are some great resources to organize an event here, even a “plan an event in 7 days” flier. Join the fun. Walk & Bike to School this coming Wednesday!

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Weekend Fun!

This Saturday join the largest global family bike ride ever….Kidical Massive!! It all started here… now there are dozens of rides happening around the country and it’s time to all hold one giant ride together! There are over 50 rides around the world scheduled for this weekend.  Let’s make the Eugene ride the biggest family bike ride ever and show our city, our state, and the country that Eugene families love biking in our town!! Come celebrate family biking, cargo bikes, trailers, little ones biking, and a world changed by more kids biking more often! Meet at Monroe Park on Sept. 19th at 10am and we’ll ride over to the campus area for treats! See the Facebook Event and spread the word.

The final Sunday Streets  of the season is this Sunday (September 20th) and it looks like one of the best yet! It will be held in the Friendly Neighborhood from Noon-4pm. You can download a schedule and flyer here.

Eugene-Springfield SRTS will have a traffic garden course set-up at Adams Elementary and there are some other really fun activities planned around the neighborhood as well: Alaffia Bike Drive at Friendly Street MarketGEARsBike FridayArriving By Bike™ and Eugene Electric Bicycles, LLC at the Friendly Park Bike Expo.
Free Seeds and garden tours at Common Ground Garden and Smarttrips: EugeneCentro Latino AmericanoToolBox ProjectEugene Timbers Fútbol Club,Dave Nourie BMX Freestyle show and more at Adams Elementary School.

New SRTS Coordinator for Springfield

Please Welcome Springfield School District’s New Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Matthew bike picMatthew Fisher was recently hired as the Springfield School District’s next Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Coordinator. Matthew takes the place of Emma Newman, who recently moved on to a planning position with the City of Springfield Planning Department. Previously, Matthew has worked in various government agencies, most recently at the University of Oregon Police Department, in a role supporting its transition from a public safety agency to a full-fledged police force.

Matthew looks forward to working with Guy Lee Elementary School, Centennial Elementary School, and Briggs Middle School as they move into the evaluation stages of their SRTS action plans. Beginning in October, Matthew will meet with the principals of Two Rivers-Dos Rios Elementary School, Riverbend Elementary School, Mt. Vernon Elementary School, and Thurston Middle School to initiate the action plan development process. If you are interested in learning more about Safe Routes to School or in volunteering, please contact Matthew at

Summer Family Fun Rides & Camps!

Summer is wrapping up soon but we won’t let that stop us from enjoying some great family friendly events!

Kidical MassiveKidical MASSIVE; the largest global family bike ride ever!

September 19, 10am, Monroe Park 

It all started here in Eugene… now there are dozens of Kidical Mass rides happening around the country. It’s time to all hold one giant ride together! There our already over 30 rides registered around the country. Let’s make the Eugene ride the biggest one ever and show our city, our state, and the country that Eugene families love biking in our town!!

Come celebrate family biking, cargo bikes, trailers, little ones biking, and a world changed by more kids biking more often! Massive ride, treasures, surprises, and maybe a pirate or two. Join the Facebook Event and spread the word!

Learn to Ride Clinic & Traffic Garden at Eugene Sunday Streets (Friendly)
September 20, 12-4pm, Friendly Park


Walk+Bike to School Day is Wednesday October 7th. Make sure your school is registered!!

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Are you prepared in the event of a disaster? How could your bike help you and your family out in disaster? What is the potential of the bicycle for preparedness? Come to the Eugene Disaster Relief Trials on Saturday, October 17th to find out!

Some of the event attractions include a “Fiets of Parenthood” bicycle obstacle course (to be completed by parents and children teams), food vendors, beer garden, pedal powered music, fire trucks, Smokey the Bear, cargo bike viewing, fundraising raffle and emergency preparedness information.

You can even register to compete for the race in the Family Class !! Ride 10 miles with some basic emergency supplies and complete some fun simulation tasks; with your kid(s) on board your bike!

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