Spring is right around the corner and there are a lot of great events coming up on our Safe Routes to School calendar. Below is just a sampling of a more complete event calendar we’ll release later this month. Come out and join us for a ride, attend a webinar or a class, or start planning your schools big Walk+Bike Challenge Month!
Saturday, Feb. 14th
Kidical Mass Valentines Day Ride
Celebrate your love of biking (and your kids) with a family friendly bike ride! Playgrounds, hot cocoa, and other good February fun!
Meet at Monroe Park and ride down to River Play for some fun family bike riding love. The weather looks descent and we’ll have that Hot Cocoa in case it’s a bit chilly.
We’re making plans for the rest of the years rides now too. Come and give some input on what we do this year! Facebook event here.
Wednesday, Feb 25th
Register for Striving for A+ Parking: Introducing a New Tool to Grade Your Schools Bike Parking, 12:00 PM PST
Tune in to hear about the new School Bike Parking Assessment Tool created by Shane MacRhodes and Emma Newman from Eugene-Springfield SRTS Program and tested by Oregon SRTS Network members in Bend, Portland, and Corvallis. The tool can be used by districts, cities, individual schools, and others to inventory, rate, and improve their school bike parking areas. Beyond the grading system the tool provides information and resources on specific ways to improve your grades and provide bike parking that is inviting, safe, and secure.
Tune in to learn how to use the new tool and hear about how it’s already being used in our state.
Register HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Wednesday, Feb 25th
SRTS Community Meeting for the Southeast Neighborhood
The 4j Safe Routes to School program is working on Action Plans that look at different ways to improve the walking and biking environment for students throughout the Southeast region. We are engaging Spencer Butte Middle School, Edgewood Community Elementary, Charlemagne Elementary, and Ridgeline Montessori parents, staff, and students to create their Action Plans while Camas Ridge will be updating their existing plan.
Traffic Skills 101 Class
Do you know all you need to know to safely ride a bike with traffic? Do you feel you know enough to teach your children how to ride cautiously and conspicuously while on their own? When you drive your car, are you confident on how to share the road with people on bikes?
Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) is a fast-paced class that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and children above age fourteen.
This course is targeted towards professionals and will include our Bike Safety Education instructors. The class is also a pre-requisite to become certified as a League Cycling Instructors (LCI). We will be holding an LCI Seminar on June 26-28 for those interested in becoming LCI’s. Facebook Event.
Saturday, April 18th
Confident Cycling for Families Class
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. Facebook Event.
The Walk + Bike Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk and bike to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods. The Challenge is happening around Oregon and supported locally by Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School. It is hosted by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) with support from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).–Registration Link Coming Soon–
Once you register your school for the Walk+Bike Challenge, be sure to order your free incentives! Incentives include: stickers, temporary tattoos, prize ribbons, and helmets.
Check out the Resources page for various tips, curriculum, and for your free coordinator packet that includes: tips and resources for promoting the event, organizing parent volunteers, procuring local prizes, and how to track active transportation trips taken by students. Track your school’s walking and biking trips by using the activity tracker! You can track on a weekly basis or for the whole month. The BTA will hold weekly prize drawings for schools that log trips each week to win extra incentives, gift certificates, and other great prizes. Facebook Event
National Bike to School Day and
“Playborhood; Getting Kids Outside Playing and Moving Through Their Neighborhoods Again!”
More information Soon!