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.

Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Information Session

OR bikepedplanJoin LiveMove, Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), and the City of Springfield to learn more about the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to ensure people walking and biking are prioritized in our state. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the draft currently being updated, why it is important, and have the opportunity to give feedback directly on the plan through ODOT’s online open house and written comments. Gerik Kransky, the Advocacy Director at the BTA and a member of the plan’s Policy Advisory Committee, will be there to talk about the plan and facilitate discussion. 

When: Tuesday, February 9th: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Sprout! (418 A St, Springfield)

You can also read more about the plan and participate in a virtual open house here or submit comments by emailing ORBikePedPlan@odot.state.or.us if you can’t make it. Your input is incredibly valuable. 

New U-Lock or U Lose Posters

With bicycle theft an ongoing (and for some areas a growing) issue for schools throughout Eugene and Springfield, we’re on a mission to make things better. South Eugene High School was even ranked as the #1 theft location in Eugene and we want to do something about that! One way we can do this is through education. We’ve created a new poster to show students, in a clear and direct way, how to properly lock up their bikes.

U Lock It Poster Graphic

 

Last year we also created the School Bike Parking Assessment Tool which not only created a resource for schools around the country but it also helped us identify a local need and find sponsorship to bring dozens of new racks to our area schools. We continue to work with all three local school districts to improve our bike parking for students, aiming to have safe, accessible, and secure parking that is inviting to students and discouraging to thieves.

Watch for these posters in the coming weeks! A special thank you to University of Oregon Housing for adapting their graphics for us!

Submit Presentation Proposals for the Oregon SRTS Conference

The Oregon SRTS Conference is coming to Eugene in June and we’re looking for submissions of presentations and workshops. If you have something you’d like to share submit a proposal! We’re also looking for ideas on great Keynote speakers you’d like to hear from. Email Shane if you have ideas of people you’d like to hear! And make sure you put the date on your calendar so you can attend!

oregon-saferoutes-network-logoThe Oregon Safe Routes to School Leadership Committee asks you to share your successes and challenges at the conference by submitting proposals between now and February 29th.  Please help us share experiences and discuss challenges with all our partners and friends in the Oregon Safe Routes to School Network during this energizing time together.

More information: The conference will be held on June 20-21 and will include speakers and sessions for new and veteran Safe Routes to School (SRTS) practitioners, staff, volunteers, and partners. There will be trainings held after the conference on June 22-23 that will include sessions on the Oregon Bicycle Safety Education and Pedestrian Safety Education curriculum as well as a “Traffic Skills 101″ class. Along with speakers, presentations, and classes there will be networking, social time, 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. It will also be an opportunity to show off what makes Eugene a great place to bike, walk, and roll!

This is the first time the biennial Oregon SRTS Conference will be held in Eugene. Previous locations have been Newberg and Bend. 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.

Defining Our Healthy Future

LiveHealthyLaneSafe Routes to School is part of a team working on the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to reduce obesity. Recently a new “Community Health Needs Assessment” was completed  and on February 10th there will be a community meeting to not only announce those results but also to allow the community to vote on Lane County’s healthy future!

We all want Lane County to be a healthy place to live and learn, work and play and this event is part of a community effort to create a new Community Health Improvement Plan for Lane County. Come to the event to learn about the needs of the community and vote on what you think we need to do to improve our healthy future.  Registration Required by Feb. 2nd

Live Healthy Lane Event

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5:30-8:00 pm
Venue 252 (252 Lawrence st.)
Light Dinner Provided
ASL and Spanish Interpreted
ADA Accessible

For additional questions contact
Heather Amrhein.

Support Springfield’s Application to Fill the Gaps

SPFLD Filling the GapsThe City of Springfield Planning Division recently submitted a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding application, to help finance future infrastructure projects for the Safe Routes to School program and the greater Springfield community, and is now asking you to show your support by submitting a public comment.

If you’re interested, please forward your comment to enewman@springfield-or.gov by 1pm on Monday, December 7th.

Click here for more maps of the proposed projects.

Eugene to Host Oregon Safe Routes to School Conference

The Oregon Safe Routes to School Network has announced Eugene as their selection to host the 2016 Oregon SRTS Conference and Training! The conference will be held on June 20-21 and will include speakers and sessions for new and veteran SRTS practitioners, staff, volunteers, and partners. A training will be held on June 22-23 and will include sessions on the Oregon Bicycle Safety Education and Pedestrian Safety Education curriculum as well as a “Traffic Skills 101” class. Along with speakers, presentations and classes there will be networking, social time, and special tours centered around getting more kids healthy and active through active transportation. The event will be a great time to learn more and share your knowledge about Safe Routes to School while also showing off what makes Eugene a great place to bike, walk, and roll!  We’re excited to host and we hope you can join us.
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