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.

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.

 

Walking and Rolling into Spring

There’s no better way to usher in Spring then to get active outdoors. May 10th is National Bike to School Day and schools around the country are celebrating the day, the week, or the month by participating in events that get kids walking, biking and rolling to school.

The Eugene-Springfield region is lucky to have a network of school communities that value the benefits of active transportation. This May, almost 30 elementary and middle schools in the 4J, Bethel and Springfield school districts will participate in the Walk+Roll Challenge. The Walk+Roll Challenge is a friendly, month-long competition aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk, bike and roll to and from school. Participating schools are organizing activities and events that will challenge families to consider a car-free way to school.

Did I mention that participating schools are eligible to win cash awards and that the kids will have opportunities to win small and large incentives?

The Walk+Roll Challenge is organized by volunteers. If you’re interested in helping a school participate in the Walk+Roll Challenge, contact your school district’s SRTS Coordinator.

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Bob Beals is the new Bethel SRTS Coordinator!

BBob Beals (1)ob Beals was recently hired as the Bethel School District’s next Safe Routes to School Coordinator. This half time appointment is responsible for increasing the percentage of Bethel school youth safely walking and biking to school through education, encouragement and enforcement activities and programs. Bob hopes to build on the successes of Salmon (Sam) Norgaard-Stroich who held the position for two years.

Bob worked for the University of Oregon, University of Idaho and University of Iowa in various roles for over 30 years and has been an active bicyclist and walker/hiker forever! Bob is excited about collaborating with students, teachers and parents of the Bethel community to positively impact their understanding and use of active transportation options, in a safe and healthy manner.

If you are interested in learning more, becoming a volunteer or have insights to contribute to the Safe Routes to School Program please contact Bob at:

Bob Beals
Bethel Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Office 47A (Shasta Middle School)
541-688-9612
bob.beals@bethel.k12.or.us

 

Support Safe Routes to School for Every Kid and Celebrate Shane’s Transition!

shaneWhen: 5-7pm, Friday January 13th

Where: Oakshire Brewing, 207 Madison St. Eugene

It’s been a great ride for Shane MacRhodes as Program Manager of the Eugene 4J Safe Routes to School Program; let’s celebrate his transition and all that he and the Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School Program has achieved over his tenure with help from many of you!
Join us great food, drink, music and company! While you’re at it, you can do your part to continue to improve streets for every kid by dropping off a postcard for the For Every Kid Campaign. We’ll have a stack there (or pick one up ahead of time at Arriving By Bike™), and Oakshire Brewing will give you a dollar off your drink for signing and turning in a card.
Please join us and spread the word through the Facebook Event!

Q & A with Sarah Mazze, incoming Safe Routes to School Program Manager for Eugene 4J School District

Q: Sarah, what were you doing before working on Safe Routes to School?sarah-mazze

A: For the last three years, I was the Volunteer Coordinator for Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah. Prior to that, I was a Program Manager with The Resource Innovation Group (also known as Climate Leadership Initiative) working on reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the household, business and community level through behavior change programs like a solar bulk purchasing program and climate change education programs. I got my start on this type of work as a graduate student at the University of Oregon working with undergraduate teams participating in the Environmental Leadership Program.

Q: Sarah, you’ve told us that the Safe Routes to School Coordinator position is a dream job for you. What’s exciting to you about Safe Routes to School?

A: In so many cases, the solutions to major societal challenges have side effects that threaten to outweigh the benefits. In this case, we’re bundling up multiple problems – traffic injuries, obesity and health problems related to inactivity, climate change, a disconnect from nature – and providing a graceful solution through Safe Routes to School. It’s not a simple solution, but in that sense it’s also realistic and more interesting. I love the “6 E’s” of the program and the fact that we’re not just encouraging and educating people around using active transportation, but also improving infrastructure to make walking and biking easier and safer.

Q: What’s been your favorite walking or biking trip?

A: Hands down, the John Muir Trail. My husband and I spent three weeks hiking it the year before our daughter was born. Every vista was breath-taking, and not just because we were hanging out at around 10,000 feet for much of it!

Q: How else do you enjoy spending time?

A: I get great joy from time with my family and friends; making music; and being outside camping, hiking, biking and gardening. I also volunteer with Eugene 350.org to address climate change.

Welcome Sarah!

You can reach Sarah Mazze, Safe Routes to School Program Manager for Eugene 4J School District at mazze_s@4j.lane.edu