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.

Sixth Annual Kidical Mass Camping Ride

It’s one of the most popular Kidical Mass rides of the year and it’s a BLAST! Join us this weekend (June 18/19) for another fun-filled kick off to summer fun!! School will be out, Father’s Day is Sunday, and the Oregon SRTS Conference will start in Eugene on Monday. Join us for a fun family bike ride and overnight trip out to the group camp site at Armitage Park.

After meeting at Monroe Park we’ll spin our way north through town to Armitage Park. We’ll stop at Cal Young Middle School to picnic and pick up north side families. We’ll get out to Armitage around 1pm and set up our tents in the reserved group camps (plus extra tent sites closer to the river).

We’ll play some fun games and explore the park before meeting back for a potluck style dinner. After sleeping under the stars we’ll wake for a Pancake breakfast to power us through the day.

Register NOW, spread the word, and kick off the summer with this super fun family bike camping event!Kidical Mass!! Camping Group 2015

 

Oregon SRTS Conference Coming to Eugene!

OR SRTS Conference LogoThe Oregon SRTS Conference is coming to Eugene in just two weeks and we’re very excited to be hosting people from around the state (and the country) to talk about the future of Safe Routes to School in Oregon.

The conference will be held on June 20-21 at South Eugene High School and will include speakers and sessions for new and veteran Safe Routes to School (SRTS) practitioners, staff, volunteers, and partners. There will also be time for networking, social events, and special tours. This event is a great opportunity to learn more and share knowledge around Safe Routes to School and is open to anyone working to get more kids out and active in their communities; SRTS practitioners, teachers, parents, health care providers, and other professionals.

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Keith Benjamin, SRTS National Partnership

We’re excited to have 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas opening the conference and introducing our first great keynote speaker and facilitator Keith Benjamin from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership who will be speaking on the importance of Equity in Safe Routes to School.

Following the opening we have presentations ranging from “Youth Leadership in Transit Justice” to “Policy 101: Why and How to Support Safe Routes to School”. There are even some “mobile presentations on foot and on bikes. To wrap up the first day we have a special keynote open to the general public (see below). On the second day we’ll dig even deeper with an opening session on funding and a broad transportation perspective from Tammy Baney, the Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission and then more great sessions. We’ll wrap things up with our annual Oregon SRTS Network meeting and make some plans for the coming years.

The conference will  be an opportunity to show off what makes Eugene a great place to bike, walk, and roll as well as learn from others what we can do to make it even better! You can register (only $20/day!) and find out more about the conference here.

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A major event being held as part of the conference is an “open keynote” event for the general public on Monday evening with special guest Lenore Skenazy of “Free Range Kids”. The event is titled “Giving Our Children Freedom & Independence” and is one you won’t want to miss! There is a dinner social from 5-6:30 and then Lenore will speak and hold a Q&A from 6:30-8:30.  We ask that you RSVP so we make sure we have space for everyone.

After the conference there will be a training for educators and coordinators of bicycle and pedestrian education and encouragement activities in schools that will be held on June 22-23 (registration required, also $20/day). It will include sessions on the Oregon Bicycle Safety Education and Pedestrian Safety Education curriculum, creating SRTS action plans, Classroom management skills for a group of kids on bikes, starting Bike Trains and Walking School Buses, and more.

oregon-saferoutes-network-logoOrganized by the Oregon SRTS Network, this is the first time the biennial conference will be held in Eugene. The Oregon SRTS Network is a group of individuals and organizations working throughout the state to make walking and biking to school safe, convenient, and fun. The Network believes that every kid deserves to safely walk and bike to school and other places.

Major sponsors for this event are the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Kaiser Permanente, and the 4J School District.

 

Love Your West Eugene Wetlands Bike Tour

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Join us for our annual “Love Your West Eugene Wetlands Bike Tour”. The bike tour will begin at Mountain Rose Herbs across from the Stewart Ponds wetlands at 10:00 am.

The bike tour will go along the Fern Ridge Bike Path leading into the “We are Bethel” Celebration at the Peterson Barn Community Center. We will be handing out free helmets and raffle tickets for folks to win prizes. Beyond Toxics will have a table at the “We are Bethel” celebration where there will be live music, activities for kids, and many local booths.

WHAT: Love Your West Eugene Wetland Bike Tour
WHEN: Saturday, June 4th 10 AM– Noon
WHERE: Bike tour starts at Mountain Rose Herbs (see the route on google maps)

More detailed information here.

Download the flyer (Spanish version).

Invite Facebook friends via the events page!

Bike Month Fun

Family Biking Weekend

May is Bike Month and many schools are celebrating by holding Walk+Bike Challenge Month events; from one day celebrations to two week challenges. They are making bike blended smoothies, gathering walking school buses, giving out special prizes, and celebrating active and healthy transportation in all its forms.

Through the whole month there are so many rides and events happening all through the community that they fill up the Community Bike Calendar.  The weekend of May 20th-22nd is turning into a special Family Biking Weekend and we hope you can join us and one or more of these really fun events!

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Friday 6:30pm, Barn Light East (545 E 8th Ave)

A special presentation and inspiration from local & national experts to help you take the first steps to getting your family on bikes or to take your riding adventures to the next level. Special guest Madi Carlson, Seattle family biking rock star and author of “Urban Cycling” will be there, along with other local experts talking about family bike adventures near and far. Whether you want to figure out how to get your kids to school, do a basic grocery run, or plan an overnight camping trip we’ll have some good tips and tricks to share!
Social hour mixing, presentation and Q&A.
Free event. Food provided. Cash bar.
Sponsored by LiveMove, Sustainable Cities Initiative, Arriving By Bike™Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School

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Saturday 10am-2pm, Willamalane Center (250 S. 32nd St., Springfield)
The biggest safety event of the year! Learn about safe homes, safe bicycles, and safe driving.  SRTS will be there with a table and a Traffic Garden! You can also sign up for having smoke detectors installed, get your kids’ car seats and boosters checked, and win some fabulous prizes! No tickets required. Free admission.

 

Kidical Mass Prince Ride 
Saturday 2pm, Meet at Monroe Park (8th & Monroe)
Bike decorating (thanks to the UO student group, LiveMove) at Monroe Park then we’ll
 rock out to some Prince tunes as we ride over to Prince Pücklers for some free ice cream! Feel free to dress in whatever themed clothing you think might fit…but definitely something you can dance in. Join us as we welcome Madi Carlson, author of “Urban Cycling” and family biking rock star from Seattle, on this classic Kidical Mass ride. This will be a fun ride for everyone and is part of the May is Bike Month events happening throughout the whole month. Come out and ride with a bunch of great people, play at two playgrounds, dance to some Prince, and have some great local ice cream. Does life get much better?kidical_mass_logoWEB

Confident Cycling for Families Class
Sunday 9am-Noon, Camas Ridge Community School
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.

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Tell USDOT that Transportation is About More than Just Cars!

Originally published by Safe Routes to School National Partnership

What the US Department of Transportation chooses to measure has an impact on which transportation projects get built in uour state and community—and on your ability to feel safe while walking and bicycling to school and in your neighborhood.

Several years ago, in the MAP-21 transportation law, Congress charged the USDOT with creating a system of performance measures for which state departments of transportation (DOTs) and major metropolitan areas will set goals for improvement – and then fund and build transportation projects that make progress towards those goals.

Unfortunately, in the newest batch of proposed performance measures, the US Department of Transportation is saying that what matters is moving as many cars as quickly as possible—and that people walking, bicycling, and taking transit aren’t even worth counting.

Take action buttonThe draft rule proposes to measure the “performance” of our transportation system as well as congestion and freight movement by counting how fast cars are moving. There are eight proposed measures—and seven of them exclusively look at the speed of cars and trucks or traffic delays on major roads, many of which bisect small towns or are critical thoroughfares in our cities. (The eighth is about traffic-related air pollution.)

Why is this focus on speed to the exclusion of all else an issue? read more…

Fun Family Bike Events Coming Up

Here are some great family bike events coming up. Stay tuned for even more event listings that fill Walk+Bike Challenge month with a lot of fun!!

 

Saturday, April 23rd, 10am, Riverplay Park
Join us for a ride from Riverplay Park (North side of Skinners Butte) to BRING Recycling for their special Earth Day event. We’ll ride the path through a good portion (more than we usually do) and then wind our way through some back streets of Glenwood to get toBRING event. See the route map here.
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Urban Cycling Madi CarlsonSave the Date –Friday Evening, May 20th–
Family Biking: From Everyday Transport to Full On Adventures
A special presentation and inspiration from local & national experts to help you take the first steps to getting your family on bikes or to take your riding adventures to the next level.  Art & child entertainment while parents gather to share and have fun! Supported by Arriving by Bike & Safe Routes to School. More information soon!

 

Saturday, May 21st, 2pm, Monroe Park
Join us as we welcome Madi Carlson, author of “Urban Cycling” and family biking rock star from Seattle, who will be in town for a couple special events including taking part in one of our classic Kidical Mass rides from Monroe Park to Prince Pucklers ice cream/playground. This will be a fun ride for everyone and is part of the May is Bike Month events happening throughout the whole month. Come out and ride with a bunch of great people, play at two playgrounds, and have some great local ice cream. Does life get much better? See the route map here.Kidical Mass Camping registration is open!

 

Saturday/Sunday. June 18th/19th  
Join us for one our most popular rides of the year!  (Registration required)