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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.

Event: Giving Our Children Freedom, Independence, and Health

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Giving Our Children Freedom, Independence, and Health; from Free Range Kids to Playborhoods.

How can we as a community help families and kids rediscover childhood? Mike Lanza, author of Playborhood will speak and then we will hold a forum and workshop session on the topic of creating a better city for kids and families and building a culture that supports childhood independence and freedom.

While the parents gather at the Hilyard Center the kids will work on some fun activities and games next door at the Amazon Community Center. It’s like a date-night, except dinner is free, the drinks aren’t as strong and you get to build a better community!

Join us for this special LiveMove, City of Eugene, and Safe Routes to School event.

Please REGISTER for the event so we know how many people to expect. Join the Facebook event and spread the word.

Hilyard Community Center (2580 Hilyard) & Amazon Community Center (2700 Hilyard)
6:00-6:30pm Social
6:30-7:30pm Speaker Mike Lanza,
7:30-8:30pm Forum & Workshop

Summer Bike Camps for Kids!

Summer Camps

If this nice weather has you thinking about summer biking then have we got some bike camps for you! Registration is open for Adventure Bike Camps (two camps for two different age groups) and a Singletrack Mountain Bike Camp. These are taught by the same Bike Safety Instructors who teach our Bike Safety Education classes in the schools; they are cool, safe, and fun instructors! Here’s more information and go here to register.

Adventure Bike Camp  

This camp is a week of wheeled adventure! You’ll explore the natural world, cruise the wetlands bike path, race the BMX track, mountain bike, and raft down the Willamette River. Become a safer cyclists by learning basic bike handling and maintenance skills, the rules of the road, and bike etiquette. Don’t miss this camp!
Ages 8-10, July 20-24, 10:00-4:00pm, $205.00 
Ages 11-13, Aug 17-21, 10:00-4-00pm, $205.00

Singletrack Mt. Bike Camp 

Take advantage of the amazing nearby mountain bike trails. Learn basic singletrack bike handling skills, trail etiquette, and maintenance. Start the week in town on the Ridgeline trails. Advance to trails in Cottage Grove and Oakridge. Please bring a well maintained trail bike. Loaner bikes available if needed.
Ages 11-14, Aug 3-7, 10:00-4:00, $220.00
Nearby Nature is also offering some great bike camps. Check them out and register here.

Daycampers head out on a bike ride through the park

Wheels to Water (2 sessions) (Ages 8-11)

June 29-July 3 OR July 27-31, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore the Willamette riverside by bike! Watch water wildlife, visit CAT (the Center for Appropriate Transport), make bike smoothies, and learn to fix flat tires. Use maps to pedal yourself to some of Eugene’s best outdoor adventure spots. Park the wheels for one day and enjoy the water as you canoe on the canal with Northwest Canoe Tours!  *You must have or borrow a bike and helmet for this camp. Extra fee for canoeing. See registration form.
  

Wandering Wheels- for Advanced Herons+ (ages 9-13)

August 17-21, 9am-4pm, Alton Baker Park: Explore nature along our area’s wonderful bike trails. Spend three days on the Willamette River bike paths plus one day on the Middle Fork Path (near Dorris Ranch) and one day on the Fern Ridge Bike Trail. Hone your bike maintenance skills and go on a special a ride to Skinner Butte Park for an introduction to Rock Climbing at the famous Columns, taught by the City of Eugene’s Outdoor Program. Note: Different drop-off locations may be required for off-site rides. Participation limited to those who have previously attended Wheels to Water or whose biking skills can be verified by our instructor (must make arrangements in advance).  Extra fee for climbing, see registration form.

River Road Park and Recreation District has this fun looking class looking at transportation for tweens-teens:

How To Get From Here To There!

June 22-26. How many ways can you get around town?  This week we will be looking into the many avenues of transportation such as, riding a bike, taking the bus, walking and maybe a dune buggy ride!  We will check out the different ways to get from one place to another. Register here.

Confident Cycling for Families Class

Register Here for our bi-annual Confident Cycling for Families Class! The class is April 18th, 9am-Noon. Families can also join us at 1pm for a Kidical Mass bike ride.

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.  Join the Facebook event and spread the word!

Questions? Contact:
Shane MacRhodes
macrhodes@4j.lane.edu
541-556-3553

Walk+Bike Challenge Champion: Holly McRae

Originally posted on BTA website by Sarah Newsum 

You can be a Walk+Bike Challenge champion like Holly! There are many different ways to get involved and support the Walk+Bike Challenge. You can become a Challenge Coordinator for your kids, class, or entire school. Download the Coordinator Packet for handy tracking tips and scorecards that make it easy for you to track large groups or individuals. This month-long encouragement program is aimed at getting more kids walking and biking to school.

cyclofemme 084 (1)Holly McRae’s daughter is in the fourth grade at the Village School, a public charter school in the 4J school district. Holly works in the Village School Kitchen and also serves on the school’s Green Team, whose focus is on supporting the school’s sustainability goals and planning events to take place during Earth Week. Choosing a school that was walking/biking distance from their home was very important to Holly and her husband.

Holly has spent the last few years volunteering to promote active transportation at the Village School through various avenues. Holly draws excitement for kids biking to school by hosting small fun events. For the last two years, she has been offering what she calls “Bling your Bike” parties, where students can bring their bikes to decorate as they like. “I have found that this makes many kids super excited to ride their bikes throughout the school year (not just during the beautiful fall or spring days),” Holly says. walk & bike VS 006 (1)

In addition to the different events she hosts, she works hard to secure funding for various improvements and incentives. She was able to secure a blender bike to use as a creative way to raise awareness about active transportation and as an extra incentive for classes with the highest percentage of students walking and biking during the Walk+Bike Challenge. In order to secure the resources, she submitted a funding proposal to their parent council to partially pay for the blender bike and was able to pay for the remaining balance of the bike with donations from parents.

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Register Now for Walk+Bike Challenge Month!

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The Walk+Bike Challenge is the entire month of May and registration is now open!

The Walk+Bike Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more children and families to walk and bike to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods.

Participation in the Walk+Bike Challenge is easy and fun!

  1. Register your school

  2. Download the Coordinator Packet (PDF) for awesome tips, ideas, and resources

  3. Return to the website during the month of May to track your school’s walking and biking trips!

You’ll have support from the statewide program AND from me, your local Safe Routes to School Coordinator. You decide how much you want to do; hold a kick-off event, highlight National Bike to School Day on May 6th, do the whole month challenge or just a week or two of it. The important part is to register and participate in some way.

Order FREE Incentives & Apply for a Stipend!

Free incentives – Once you register your school you will also be able to order fun and free incentives to encourage participants during the Challenge. You can order a variety of incentives for free OR choose a prepared box with an assortment of incentives (value will equal $40). The first 250 orders will also receive a Walk+Bike helmet to use as an incentive. Once you register, you will receive an email with ordering details.

School Stipends – You can apply locally for a stipend of $200-$400, determined by school size. Funds can be used anyway you’d like to encourage more walking and biking during May. That could be more incentives, prizes, healthy food, or any creative idea to make a great event happen. Email Ellen Currier (ellen.currier@ltd.org), the Regional SRTS Coordinator to ask for a stipend. She’ll send you details and get you set up!

Register at walknbike.org!

Weekly Prize Drawings!

You can track on a weekly basis or for the whole month. Tracking is simple! You can use the material in the Coordinator Packet or make your own poster or card for keeping track of how many students are walking or rolling to school. Then you use the online Activity Tracker to log participant trips. Why track every week? The BTA will hold weekly prize drawings for schools that log trips each week to win extra incentives, gift certificates, and other great prizes.

You can also join the Facebook event to hear what other parents and teachers are doing and then start planning for a fun Walk+Bike Challenge Month in May.

 

Upcoming Events

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!

Kidical Mass ValentinesSaturday, 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. read more…