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.

VIDEO: Hamlin Middle School Students Take Part in Bike Day

VIDEO: Hamlin Middle School Students Take Part in Bike Day, KEZI Channel 9 News (May 23)

Images from the 2017 Walk+Roll Challenge

Hamlin Middle School celebrates the May Walk+Roll Challenge with fruit smoothies on May 23.

A walking school bus is a great way to get to school at Two Rivers/Dos Rios Elementary.

Riders of all ages supporting safe cycling at Ridgeline Montessori on May 10.

Students from Bethel’s Irving Elementary enjoy a morning ride.


Dr. Susan Rieke-Smith, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent greets students at Agnes Middle School’s Walk+Roll event on May 19.

Video: Clear Lake Elementary Walking School Bus

VIDEO: 4J Students Celebrate Bike To School Day

4J Students Celebrate Bike To School Day

Source: VIDEO: 4J Students Celebrate Bike To School Day

The Walk+Roll Challenge Heats Up

Walk+Roll Challenge at Meadow View Elementary School

Thirty-three schools from the Bethel, Eugene 4J and Springfield districts are participating in the Walk+Roll Challenge this May in a wide range of events encouraging walking, biking and rolling to school. Interest in participating the Walk+Roll Challenge has been immense. Below are highlights from just a few of the region’s schools.

On Wednesday, May 10, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis joined kids, parents and community leaders at River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School as they walked, biked and rolled to school. Around 100 students out of a total of 330 participated in the event. A special thanks to Klink Cycles for performing 15 free bike checks and to Peace Health and Safe Kids West for donating more than 80 helmets prior to the event. Also a special thanks to Principal Joel Lavin for his support.

Meadow View Elementary School in the Bethel School District is seeing fantastic participation in their week-long (May 8-12) Walk+Roll Challenge. The Parent Teacher Organization at Meadow View has worked hard to make it a strong event with great signage, outreach to parents and lots of volunteer support. Bus riders have been given opportunities to participate too – a great way to let everyone join in the fun. Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis showed her support for Walk+Roll Challenge participants by joining Malabon Elementary for their Walk+Roll Challenge festivities.

Springfield’s Agnes Stewart Middle School is encouraging their week-long (May 15-19) Walk+Roll Challenge in some clever ways. A bicycle mechanic will visit on Wednesday, May 17 to help tune up bikes and a bike blender smoothie station will make yummy treats on Friday the 19th. Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Sue Reike-Smith will join students at Agnes Stewart on Friday to help recognize students that participated in the Challenge.

Great events are organized by dedicated volunteers. We’d like to give a special thanks to the individuals coordinating this year’s Walk+Roll Challenge. Thank you:

Eugene 4J School District

  • David Cagle, Spring Creek Elementary School
  • Michelle Lampe, Holt Elementary School
  • Salmon Norgaard-Stroich, Ridgeline Montessori School
  • Ellen Currier, Charlemagne Elementary School
  • Marcy Hellman, River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School
  • Diane Sage, Adams Elementary School
  • Shane MacRhodes, Village School and Camas Ridge Elementary School
  • Nonie Ganakis, Buena Vista Spanish Immersion School
  • Steven Korin, Cesar Chavez School
  • Lara Kincaid-Salgado, South Eugene High School

Bethel School District

  • Erika Mittge, Irving Elementary School
  • John Luhman, Clear Lake Elementary School
  • Carrie Snyder, Meadow View Elementary School
  • Krisia Zepeda, Danebo Elementary School
  • Norene Walters, Malabon Elementary and Cascade Middle Schools
  • Denise Masterson, Prairie Mountain School

Springfield Public School District

  • Crystal Mason, Centennial Elementary School
  • Trena Jayne, Hamlin Middle School
  • Brenda Newell, Thurston Middle School
  • Mick Drath, Douglas Gardens Elementary School
  • Crissy Buck, Riverbend Elementary School
  • Peter Almeida, Mt Vernon Elementary School
  • Sandy Hodgin, Two Rivers/Dos Ríos School
  • EJ Rotherham, Agnes Stewart Middle School
  • Amy Halley, Guy Lee Elementary School
  • Jim Crist, Ridgeview Elementary School
  • Nicki Gorham, Thurston Elementary School

Bike Safety at Cal Young Middle Makes News







Middle school bike safety education was the topic of an April 28th KVAL Channel 13 news segment. The story highlighted education at Cal Young Middle School and included interviews with students and 4J Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Sarah Mazze. The segment was a good reminder that bicycle safety coursework teaches practical skills, like hand signals, that let bicyclists and motorists communicate. These are important skills that can prevent collisions. Only half of Eugene middle schoolers are able to take part in bicycle safety education courses due to funding constraints. You can contribute directly to bike safety education in Eugene by donating here.