Getting Ready for the Start of School

School starts next week and teachers, staff, parents, and students are busy getting themselves ready for another exciting year.

Today, to kick it off, 4J staff are at an event at the Hilton with speakers and breakout sessions. Here’s an inspiring photo of the overwhelmed bike parking at the venue. These are the teachers and classified staff who are the daily inspiration for our children and it’s exciting to see so many of them modeling active transportation choices!

There are some great activities coming up in the next couple weeks to help you get ready for an active school year too.

First up is Sunday Streets on September 9th.

This annual event promotes healthy, active living by opening the city’s largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike and roll to help people discover active transportation in a safe, traffic-free environment. Activity centers along the Sunday Streets route feature games and entertainment for kids and adults of all ages in Eugene’s beautiful City parks. This FREE event will include fitness classes, dancing, yoga, slacklining, live music and much more, as well as more than three miles of car-free streets open to walk, skate, scoot, and enjoy anyway people want! This year’s event is in South Eugene and will include activity centers at University Park, Washburne Park, and Amazon Park.  Safe Routes to School and the City of Eugene Recreation Program will be set up at the Amazon Park location with a Bike Expo and we hope to see everyone out enjoyingthis fun event!

The event also still really needs dozens of volunteers to help with the event! Please help out to make this great community event happen.

September 15th: Bike & Boat the Willamette Kidical Mass Ride Sladden Park, Noon

Celebrate the end of summer and the start of the school year with one last summer time fling! We’ll meet at Sladden Park, ride up river, load up into the boats and then float back down river. We’ll have a potluck picnic back at Sladden Park with some ice cream treats.

Registration for the “boat” portion of the celebration is required as space in the boats is limited to 36.   Kids must be older than 5 ride in the boats (but welcome on the bike ride). Kids 5-7 need an adult in the boat with them. Kids 7 and up don’t need an adult along (save that space for other kids if you can).
The cost for the float is only $10/person! If you would like to participate in the boat portion of the ride but have financial restrictions please register and then contact me to talk about support-

September 20th: Confident Cycling for Commuters; Work, Kids, Cargo & Beyond REI Eugene, 7-8pm

Whether your motivation is saving money, improving your health and fitness, beating traffic or reducing your carbon footprint, this Confident Cycling class on bicycle commuting provides practical and effective solutions to some of the challenges and barriers you may face. If you are new to bicycling — or returning after many years out of the saddle — we’ll show you how to incorporate cycling into your daily routine. As with other Confident Cycling courses, even experienced bicycle riders will find helpful hints and new techniques to make your ride more enjoyable and safer. Remember that bicycle commuting isn’t an all or nothing proposition: you don’t have to do it every day; you don’t have to pedal all the way. We’ll show you how.Registration for this free class is required and space is limited.

September 29th: Confident Cycling for Families Class

Roosevelt Middle School, 9am-Noon

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.
Location: Roosevelt Middle School

October 3rd: National Walk + Bike to School Day! At YOUR school- one day, one week, or all month

Register your school NOW and start planning for the signature encouragement event. It’s a great way to kick off the school year and show our kids that we want them to be able to walk and bike to school safely and to have fun doing it!

There are some great resources on the National Walk to School website and for those who register on the Oregon Walk + Bike site we’ll provide more information and resources over the coming weeks. So get active and register now!


And remember, no matter how you get yourself around town and your kids to school be safe (and have fun).






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  1. 2012 September 7
    Biker permalink

    Why does the Hilton conference center, paid for by citizens and routinely hosting taxpayer funded events, have such terrible bike parking?

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