To advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, to improve the health and well-being of kids of all races, income levels, and abilities; and to foster the creation of healthy communities for everyone.
Working in the Pacific Northwest, this regional network brings together community members of all ages, including advocates, school officials and teachers, and those interested in or working on health, transportation and planning. Together, around the greater Portland, Vancouver, and Salem areas, we support walking and bicycling policies and funding within communities, to create a place where walking and bicycling are safe and convenient. Our efforts to improve policies and leverage support for Safe Routes to School in the Pacific Northwest are generously supported by Kaiser Permanente.
Help decide how $33m will be spent on projects to improve walking, biking and moving freight. Could part of it be spent near you to improve ways of getting around for your family?
Cities from across the Portland region have submitted projects to compete for these federal funds, and submitted project proposals requesting more than three times as much as is available. This is where you come in: review project proposals & use the interactive comment map at oregonmetro.gov/rffa – and then tell Metro what you think and help them prioritize and give feedback on the projects.
Things to consider:
- Is a painted bike lane safe enough for an eight year old to travel to school along a 40 mph freight corridor, or should it be sent back to be re-worked as a separated bike facility?
- Should an investment in Safe Routes to School access projects around one of the region’s greatest need school districts, David Douglas, be given a higher priority so that the largest high school in the state can provide safer access on foot and bike?
- Which proposed pedestrian/bicycle bridge gets your vote for best project?
Comment now through Monday, November 7! (And remember to vote on November 8!)
There will be a public hearing, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. Public testimony will be welcomed!
School Districts in Washington, take note. Cascade Bicycle Club and Feet First are offering a mini grant program to get more kids moving more. Let them support your efforts to increase the number of children bicycling and walking to school — funding is available to 25 schools or school districts across WA toward this goal.
Applications Due: currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. (Note work must be completed by June 1, 2017.)
Recipient Eligibility: Public schools grades 5th-8th in Washington State are eligible for funding, however only one award will be made per district. Single schools can apply OR a district can apply if it is confident that it can serve more than one school and fulfill the program requirements. Highest priority will be given to eligible schools who have not already received Safe Routes to School funding.
Funding may be used for:
● Safety Equipment (e.g. flags, vests, reflectors, bike bells, etc.)
● Stipends for walking school bus or bike train coordinator (Only eligible if your school/ district has a higher rate of free and reduced lunch recipients than the state average. In 2016 the state average is 44%.)
● Outreach and Awareness (advertisements, posters, mailings, fliers)
● Bike Helmets
Don’t miss this great opportunity to boost safety, outreach, and awareness of safe school travel! Read the full eligibility criteria and download the application (pdf).
Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets by 2025.
The Vision Zero Task Force has overseen the creation of a draft Vision Zero Action Plan with specific steps to make streets safe. Kari Schlosshauer, the regional policy manager in the Pacific Northwest, together with numerous community groups, have called for Vision Zero policy for our city; for the past year she has helped create the Vision Zero Action Plan, ensuring it would tackle the biggest and smallest risks, be community based and data driven, and that would work to fix rather than exacerbate inequities for Portlanders.
3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 – City Council Hearing on Vision Zero Action Plan
Portland City Council will discuss and vote for adoption of the 5-year action plan developed by community organizations, partner agencies, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
Walktober with us to the hearing from the Eastbank Esplanade (Vera Katz Statue) to City Hall for the hearing. Meet at 2:00pm for the walk – we will arrive 15 minutes early to sign up to testify. Help us pack the house in support of safe streets for all Portlanders and zero traffic deaths and injuries on our streets.
Read Kari’s prepared testimony here.
Oregon’s Safe Routes to School program is pleased to announce the 2017 SRTS Non-Infrastructure (programmatic) awards. We are excited to have new school districts and communities involved and look forward to sharing their successes and strategies used to get more people walking and biking to and from school. Most programs have funding for three years, but funding each year is contingent upon successful programming in prior year.
Here are the awardees:
City of Gresham: Completion and implementation of Gresham-Barlow School District SRTS Action Plan, including pedestrian and bike safety instruction, crosswalk enforcement and data collection of student travel.
City of Hillsboro: SRTS Coordinator position to focus on Title 1 schools in Hillsboro School District to develop and implement SRTS program including creating Action Plans, auditing infrastructure needs and hosting encouragement/education events.
City of Portland: SRTS Coordinator to be shared between PBOT and David Douglas School District to enhance and expand program and identify needs to increase program success.
Clackamas County: SRTS Outreach Coordinator to implement SRTS activities at four schools per year in the North Clackamas School District including creating Action Plans and coordination of SRTS programs within Clackamas County.
Jackson County: SRTS Coordinator position to work with three school districts to develop and implement SRTS programs including creating Action Plans, auditing infrastructure needs and hosting encouragement and education events.
Lane Transit District: SRTS Coordinator position for Springfield Public School District’s transportation office, responsible for planning and implementation of comprehensive SRTS program and developing nine school Action Plans.
Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments: Coordinate SRTS program implementation in five target Oregon communities: Sweet Home, Lebanon, Albany, Jefferson and Harrisburg.
Commute Options of Central Oregon: SRTS Coordinator to implement strategies to increase walking and biking and collect data that can support advocacy efforts in Bend-La Pine School District.
Public transportation connects many communities in Oregon, provides options for travelers, and often serves as the only way for people to get where they need to go. The Oregon Public Transportation Plan (OPTP) will provide a statewide vision and policy foundation for decisions about public transportation in and between Oregon communities. This plan will not identify projects or local investments, but it will set priorities and policies to guide future decisions and investments by state and local agencies.
ODOT is inviting public transportation providers, local government staff and officials, interest groups, the general public, and other interested parties to discuss challenges and opportunities for public transportation at meetings around the state in September and October or by participating in an online open house. Learn more here.
Portland: October 13, 2016 – 10:00 AM to noon Register here
Salem: October 18, 2016 – 1:00 to 3:00 PM Register here
Online: through October 28, 2016 Participate here
Access a printable OPTP factsheet here and information about public involvement here.
In Japan, 98 percent of children walk to school.
In the U.S., 13 percent of children walk to school.
It’s time for a change.
Please join us on 10/4 in Portland for a special screening of the documentary The Slow Way Home, which looks at why so few kids in the U.S. walk to school, and what we can do about it. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmwriter and local parents who were featured in the film.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Clinton Street Theater | 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland
Doors open at 6:30pm
Screening & panel discussion begins at 7:00pm
This event is free. We ask that you support Safe Routes to School efforts in Oregon to increase the number of kids who can safely walk or roll to school, by giving as you can.
RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite
In Oregon, momentum is building toward a major transportation funding package of policies and investments in the 2017 Oregon Legislature. In order to be a success for Oregonians, and successful for our future transportation needs, that package must incorporate three key goals:
- Fix-It First
- Invest in Transit
- Make our Streets Safe
Unfortunately, any transportation package likely won’t incorporate the above goals unless our local and state elected leaders hear from us that these issues are important. Next week there are two great opportunities to testify to our elected leaders about transportation issues.
Help us fill the room with Oregonians who support safe streets!
- Hillsboro: September 19, 5:00 p.m. RSVP
Shirley Huffman Auditorium, Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main Street, Hillsboro
- Salem: September 22, 5:15 p.m. RSVP
Hearing Room F, Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE, Salem
Our friends at the For Every Kid Coalition have some great talking points on Safe Routes to School that you can use as a guide.