Eugene SRTS Recieves $495,000 for Building Safer Routes to School!

Projects like this Pedestrian Flashing Sign will be part of the new SRTS improvements

Projects like this Pedestrian "Stutter Flash" sign will be part of the new SRTS improvements

The Eugene Safe Routes to School Program and the City of Eugene have just been awarded a $495,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Safe Routes to School program. During the 2008/2009 school year  7 schools worked with the Eugene SRTS Team and the City of Eugene to conduct parent surveys, student travel tallies, and action plans to determine the safety issues for students walking or biking to their school.  Through the action plans each school held a “walkabout” and identified specific barriers and concerns of parents, staff, and students.  Working with City staff the school SRTS committees worked to find the best solutions to create safe crossings, increase active transportation access, and build better bike parking infrastructure.  Here is the current list of schools and projects this grant will help to fund. Final design and engineering work will be completed during the spring of 2010. Stay tuned to the SRTS website for specific project information.


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Roosevelt Middle School

*       Crossing improvements

*       Bike racks

*       Wayfinding and bike route improvements

Monroe Middle School

*       Crossing improvements

*       Path improvements

*       Wayfinding and bike route improvements

Edison Elementary School

*       Crossing improvements

Camas Ridge Elementary School

*       Crossing improvements

*       Bike parking

Cesar Chavez Elementary School (previously with Family School)

*       Crossing improvements

McCornack Elementary School

*       Path improvements and connections

*       Bike parking

*       Crossing improvements

Meadowlark/Buena Vista Elementary School

*       School zone speed reader board

*       School parking lot safety improvements

*       Crossing improvements

Improving current multi-use paths and creating new connections are part of the SRTS Infrastructure grant

Improving current multi-use paths and creating new connections are part of the SRTS Infrastructure grant

The Eugene Safe Routes to School program focuses on the five E’s of the National Center for SRTS; Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation and Engineering.  Through a 3-year non-infrastructure grant the 4J School District has worked on the first four E’s of the program by coordinating the Roosevelt SRTS pilot program in 2007 and growing the program to the whole district in 2008 and 2009.  The new $495,000 infrastructure grant will now lay some ‘on the ground’ safety improvements for schools that are also working on their encouragement, education, and evaluation projects.

As we work to make active transportation a viable choice for families encouragement projects like  Kidical Mass, Walk + Bike to School Day, and other fun events are the frosting but it’s the safe crossings, off street paths, sidewalks, good bike parking, and complete streets for families that make up the ingredients to the cake.  I look forward to seeing this one come out of the oven but also getting ready to bake some more!

If you’re school is interested in starting a Safe Routes to School committee to work on improving the walkability and bikeability of your neighborhood get in touch!

**Update** Listen to the KLCC news brief:

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