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.

Springfield Students to Return to Improved Bike Parking

The City of Springfield partnered with Springfield Safe Routes to School to encourage more students to bike to school in the downtown area by installing better bicycle parking next to school buildings along Main St. Three staple racks were installed in front of the A3 Health and Sciences Campus on 4th and A, two were installed at the front entrance of the main A3 building to add to their existing secured student/staff parking, and two were installed on Main St by Gateways High School (see photos below).

Bike Parking

City of Springfield Installed 7 Staple Racks at Downtown Springfield Public School Buildings

Our hope is that by providing more bicycle parking along Main St, Springfield residents will choose to visit downtown school buildings and businesses more frequently by bicycle. We expect to see students utilizing the new racks in fall when school is back in session and will work to promote them through Walk+Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 8th.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the Springfield Traffic Staff for their help and look forward to partnering on more Safe Routes to School projects in the future!

Join the Solution Revolution!

This coming weekend holds some great family biking (and walking) opportunities with both Kidical Mass rides from Eugene and Springfield happening on the new Middle Fork Path PLUS Eugene’s Sunday Streets event!  We’re going to continue the fun into the next week with the Solution Revolution as part of the Sports Science Symposium and the 2014 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships happening on campus this coming week. We hope you’ll join us for one or more of these events! Here’s more on the Solution Revolution:

Come learn how early childhood physical literacy unlocks the potential for life-long enjoyment in physical activity, academic achievement, and enhanced athletic performance.

Solution RevolutionWhen: Monday, July 21, 2014
Time: 9:00a – 12:30p
Where: University of Oregon Law School, 1515 Agate St., across from Hayward Field

  • Enjoy presentations inside the Law School and discover free and low-cost kids’ activities in your neighborhood on the Law School lawn.
  • Plenty of snacks provided.
  • Move between indoor presentations and outdoor activities.
  • Kid-friendly activities, demonstrations and events on-site.
  • Win great raffle prizes including event and sport tickets!

Detailed information, including an agenda of indoor presentations is available on the event webpagewww.slocumfoundation.org/solutionrevolution

Check for updates on raffle prize offerings and event happenings on the Active Youth Consortium’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/activeyouthconsortium

No advance registration is required, but will assist in accurate catering counts.

The Slocum Foundation and Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine are pleased to partner with the University of Oregon’s International Sports Science Symposium, the Neurospine Institute Foundation and PacificSource Health Plans to host this free community event.

 

Superhero Volunteers Needed for Sunday Streets!

Eugene Sunday Streets still needs more than 60 volunteers to make a major downtown event on July 20 safe and fun for everyone.

 

Intersection “superheroes” are especially needed. Intersection superheroes help direct traffic flow, answer questions, redirect neighborhood traffic, and set up or take down barricades at their designated intersection. There are two shifts available: 11:30 a.m. to 2: p.m., and 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please go to www.eugene-or.gov/essvolunteer to sign up, or call the Eugene Sunday Streets volunteer coordinator at 541-501-0390.

 

This summer marks the fourth year of Eugene Sunday Streets, a free event that focuses on building community and promoting active lifestyles. On two Sundays — July 20 and September 21 — from noon to 4 p.m. people will be able to walk, roll, bike, and dance in the streets along a car-free route. The first event will be held along 5th Avenue and at the new WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza in Washington Jefferson Park and the second event will be held in the Harlow neighborhood.

 

Sunday Streets Downtown is presented by the City of Eugene with support from Point2Point Solutions at Lane Transit District.  Washington Jefferson Park and 5th Avenue near Pearl Street will feature activity centers along the route. The activity center at Washington Jefferson Park will include a skateboard clinic at the new skatepark, roller derby lessons and free scrimmage, learn to bike lessons, and pedal-powered music stage featuring, The Chumlo Bros., Soulicious, Calongo and Olive DelSol. The 5th Avenue at Pearl Block Party will feature yard games by Playground Sports, Bike Shop Expo, and live musical performances by the North Eugene Ukulele Orchestra.

 

With no designated start or finish, the two-way car-free route can be enjoyed by foot, bicycle, roller skates, or dancing at everyone’s own pace. The event is designed to get the entire community outside, having fun and enjoying healthy activities in Eugene’s public spaces while showing how easy it is to get around by human-powered transportation.

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To volunteer or learn more about Eugene Sunday Streets go to www.eugenesundaystreets.org or call 541-501-0390.

Summer Kick-off Events!

We’ve updated the Events page, check out all the awesome events happening this summer!!

Here are a couple coming right up:

Bike Repair and Helmet Decorating 6.7.2014FREE Bike Repair and Helmet Decorating in Springfield

Saturday, June 7, 10 AM – Noon, Page Elementary School Playground (around back of school)
With summer right around the corner, this Saturday is the last chance for FREE bike repairs to prepare for summer riding! Springfield families, teachers, and staff, join us for free bike repair and a reflective helmet decorating workshop. Download a flyer here.

Pints for a Cause to Support SRTS

Monday, June 16th, Ninkasi Brewery, Noon – 9pm
Every year SRTS teaches thousands of local student safe walking and biking habits. Come support the work and celebrate the end of another successful season at this Pints for a Cause event at Ninkasi Brewery. Twenty Five percent of pint sales from the day go to support our Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education programs!

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Learn to Bike, WJ Skatepark Opening & Kidical Mass!!

Saturday, June 21st, 10am-8pm, WJ Skate Park (1st & Washington)
Learn to Bike: 10am-Noon. Bring the kids down and have someone else teach them to ride! We’ll set them on the path of ditching the training wheels and discovering the freedom of riding a bike. All ages welcome! Balance bikes and pedal bikes provided.
WJ Skatepark Opening:
WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza opened its gates in April and now it’s time to celebrate! Bring the whole family and experience this vibrant new gathering place in the heart of Eugene.
Kidical Mass:
As part of the WJ Skatepark opening we’ll hold a family friendly bike ride around the Whitaker Neighborhood. Meet us at 2:00pm on the street near the main stage.

Skatepark Grand Opening

Wrap Up Bike Month with An Awesome Weekend!

So many great things are happening this weekend to wrap up Bike Month! Come out and enjoy some great times, there something to suite everyone:

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Friday:
Breakfast at the Bike Bridges at the Blue Heron Bridge (behind Cesar Chavez Elementary) from 7-9:30 am. Come enjoy coffee, bagels, and chat with fellow cyclists on your way to work. Around 9:00 am we’ll be cheering on Family School students as they head out on their annual bike field trip to the West Eugene Wetlands.

Friday is also the last Day to support Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School at our Wrap City fundraiser. They are donating a percentage of sales from the whole month to SRTS!!
Keep June 16th open for our final fundraiser of the school year. Celebrate the start of summer with us at Ninkasi anytime from Noon-9pm and they’ll donate 25% of sales as part of their Pints for a Cause work. We’ll be down there after 5pm with Pedal Power music cranking some human powered tunes!

Saturday:
First Kidical Mass Springfield ride meets at Willamalane at 11:00am. Pack a picnic lunch for the family, hop on your bikes, and meet us at Willamalane Center as we ride through the neighborhood to Volunteer Park. Once there, we will eat our lunches, enjoy the sun, and partake in free snow cones. After the picnic, families will ride together back to Willamalane Center. FREE

8466673_origFirst Annual BikeFest (Sheldon High, 9-2):
Bike Show at Noon
Bike Parade at 12:30 pm- Come and decorate your bike (or trike, or trailer) at our craft station. Make it awesome. Then show off your new fancy ride in the “Wheelies” bike parade at 12:30. You know you want to! (Suggested donation $5)
Bike Rides:
“Twelve Bridges”: 18 miles, easy terrain, 10-12 mph
“Franklin Firehouse”: 36 miles, easy terrain, 12-15 mph
All Day: Food vendors, community resources, bike registration, and more!

Bring a helmet and suggested $10 donation. All proceeds will go to purchase new bicycle racks for Sheldon High School! Rides will be led by GEARs and begin promptly at 9:30 am.
Can’t make the BikeFest but want to support Sheldon High students get better bike racks? Help them out on their Citizinvestor crowd funding site.

Circus Bike Ride (Monroe Park, Noon): Come join the Eugene Circus Bike Ride! There will be a potluck picnic and free circus show afterwards! This is a free family friendly community event for anyone who likes to ride their bike! Meet at Monroe Park at Noon and ride to Island Park in Springfield

Sunday:
Oregon Gran Fondo, Cottage Grove. The Oregon Gran Fondo is the Crown Jewel of the Oregon Triple Crown series. Don’t miss the third year of this premier racing and recreational cycling event and largest Gran Fondo in Oregon. Special “Piccolo” route for families is along the Row River Trail and is a “choose your own length” up to 31 miles. Main ride starts at 8am, Piccolo at 10:30am. See Dark30 site for information

Wednesday Is Bike to School Day!

Wednesday, May 7th is going to be a big day!  It’s National Bike to School Day,  just part of the Walk + Bike Challenge Month and a great way to focus energy into biking to school!   Make a point to get the kids out riding this Wednesday (and all of May for Bike Month)!

For adults there’s a way you can get involved in supporting more kids biking safely to school as well; Oakshire Brewing will be holding a fundraising event for the whole day, donating $1 for every pint sold to benefit Bike Safety Education. There will also be a fun “Bike in Shapes” ride leaving Oakshire at 7pm that night. Come join the fun and support safe (and fun) family biking!

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Also, throughout May Wrap City, a food cart in Kesey Square, will be donating a percentage of their sales to our program. So head down there for lunch this month and support a local business AND Eugene Springfield SRTS!

Want another direct way to help youth get excited about cycling? How about a youth-initiated crowd-sourced fundraiser for better bike parking at Sheldon High?!  Support this great student project on Citizinvestor!

Finally, one of the best ways to help out is to volunteer!  We still need folks to volunteer for our Bike Safety Education community rides. Come out and ride with us!!