Springfield SRTS Program is Hiring!

Emma turning

I’d like to announce to all of you that I will be moving on to a new position as the Transportation Planner with the City of Springfield. I look forward to continuing my work creating safe transportation options for everyone in Springfield.

It has been an absolute honor to launch the Springfield Safe Routes to School program and accomplish so much in just under two years with the amazing support from our partners. For the first time this year, 9 Springfield schools participated in the Walk+Bike to School Challenge Month, 8 elementary schools implemented the pedestrian safety education course, and all 4 middle schools are receiving a 2-week bicycle safety education course annually with our own fleet of 42 bicycles. Crossing guards are receiving more training and support, more students are accessing free helmets with the police department coupons we provide, and annual walking and biking related transportation data is being collected at almost half of our schools, which allows us to see the impact over time. Large infrastructure improvements are also underway, including the Page parking lot construction project this summer that will provide students with a wide multi-use sidewalk leading to the front of the school, the sidewalk project and flashing crosswalk improvements at Thurston High School, and quality bicycle parking additions and improvements at multiple schools across the district. Each of these successes is great, however one of the most rewarding elements has been growing the network of people who are talking about and taking actions regarding walking, biking, safety, and health in our community.

Thank you to EVERYONE who has supported the launch of the Springfield Safe Routes to School program! I am sure that every one of you will continue to support the program as it continues to grow next year and in years to come, whether it’s professionally, through volunteering, walking the walk or biking the bike with your children, or serving as our new SRTS Coordinator.

If you are interested in applying for the Springfield SRTS Coordinator position, visit http://www.springfield.k12.or.us/cms/lib03/OR01000651/Centricity/Domain/22/SAFE%20ROUTES.pdf for the job posting, which is due by June 26th.

I look forward to seeing the Springfield program continue to grow and working with many of you in my new role.

Sincerely,

Emma Newman

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