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Here’s a sample E-News from our post “Walk + Bike to School Day” event with some helpful information and safety tips:

Walk + Bike Day Wrap Up, Thanks, and Continuation

A mid-October e-news to send a big huge THANK YOU to all the wonderful volunteers, parents, staff, students, and community members who made this the most successful Walk + Bike to School Day yet!  We had 29 area schools registered, thousands of kids walking, biking, bussing, and car-pooling to school, some good media coverage, and a lot of fun from what I saw and what I’ve heard back from many of the schools.

We have an event planned this Saturday where we’ll be raffling off those great volunteer prizes, celebrating our events and sharing stories.  Organizers, please pass the information on to your volunteers.

Kidical Mass, Ice Cream Social, Bike Swap and Walk + Bike Prizes!!!

To celebrate our great Walk + Bike to School Day we’ll be joining GEARs (Greater Eugene Area Riders) for their Fall Bike Swap and volunteer ice cream social.  We’ll be raffling off the Xtracycle ‘Free Radical’ (installed by Arriving by Bike), a bike commuter ‘conversion kit’ (donated by Revolution Cycles) and a Detours backpack (Arriving by Bike) to some lucky parent and staff volunteers who made the day happen!  We’ll also have one other surprise gift to raffle off for those present at the event.

You can join us from 4-6 PM at Whiteaker Community Center (at the corner of North Grand and Jackson St.) or better yet meet us at 3 PM at Monroe Park to ride with the Kidical Mass group down to the event!

Other Saturday Events
There are a lot of great events happening this Saturday.  The LCHAY 5k Run/Walk is a family-friendly flat course through neighborhood streets, bike paths and along the McKenzie River. Random prize drawings and gym passes to all participants; placement ribbons to top three finishers in various age divisions.  9:00 AM start. See the LCHAY Website for more information

The Prevention Convention is also happening Saturday from 1-5 PM at Sheldon High School. Billed as “the ultimate education in crime prevention” it’s for kids, teens and adults to see vendors, informational booths and police special unit demonstrations. Safe Routes to School is looking for a parent volunteer to help host a table at this event.  Email Shane if you’re interested!

If you time it all right you could make them all!

National Center for SRTS Mini-Grants

Applications are due October 30

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for 20 mini-grants, up to $1,000 each. Eligible applicants include: faculty, staff, or parent volunteers at elementary or middle schools; adult-supervised elementary or middle school groups or clubs; adult-supervised high school groups/clubs that wish to partner with a nearby elementary or middle school; local governments; tribal governments; and/or community-based or private non-profit organizations engaged in improving safety for and increasing the number of children who safely walk or ride a bicycle to school. The aim of the mini-grants is to use student creativity and leadership skills to increase safe walking and bicycling to school. Successful applications will include one or more of the following: student-led activities, concern for the environment, and/or promotion of physical activity. Funded activities must be part of a new or existing Safe Routes to School program. For more information, see The application deadline is October 30, 2009.

“Dear Congress” letters

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has launched a “Dear Congress: Why Safe Routes to School is Important” campaign. They need our help. They are striving to generate hundreds—if not thousands—of letters from children, parents, program staff and volunteers, and school and city leaders talking about why Safe Routes to School is important to individuals and communities. They’ll bundle your letters and share them with members of the House and Senate so that they know how many people in their states and districts value Safe Routes to School.

While the timing of the federal transportation bill is still uncertain—it is absolutely the time to make sure that we have all the support necessary to continue the fight to strengthen and expand the federal Safe Routes to School program in the next bill. With the many demands for transportation and limited financial resources, it’s critical that we elevate the importance of Safe Routes to School in the eyes of Congressional members; this can be done through our stories.

For more information on how to join the campaign through incorporating a “Dear Congress” activity at your school visit . Here at Roosevelt we had a big banner we had students fill out on why SRTS was important to them.  Letters from teachers, parents, staff, and students will help raise awareness. Drawings are nice too.

Safety Tip of the Month

Hey, Students! Safety Tips for Riding LTD

If you plan to cross the street after getting off an LTD bus, please cross behind the bus. The rules are different than when you are riding on a yellow school bus, where the driver expects you to cross in front of the bus. Here’s why:  Regular traffic is not allowed to pass a school bus that is stopped and has its red lights flashing. But traffic is allowed to pass by an LTD bus. If you cross the street in front of an LTD bus, you may not see oncoming traffic before it’s too late. We want you to be safe!

SAFE PLACE:  Did you know that LTD is part of the national Safe Place program? The program allows LTD bus operators and staff to provide youth with immediate help and safety. If ever you feel threatened, you can ask a bus operator to help you! And as a daily practice, it’s a great idea to sit toward the front of the bus, closer to the driver.

Special Halloween Treat Safety Tip: Halloween IS safe. Follow the normal safety precautions (be visible, be predictable, look before you leap, and make eye contact) and you don’t have to worry about the other stuff (poison candy, razor blades, etc.). See “Free Range Kids” for more.


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