Inter-generational Project: Crooked River Walking School Buses

Through a partnership with AARP-Oregon and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Inter-generational Safe Streets Challenge recipient Crook County Public Health worked with Crooked River Elementary School in Prineville, Oregon. Here’s their exciting success story. 

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Want to learn more about how to set up a Walking School Bus in your community? Read our guide Step by Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your School

This spring, Crook County Public Health offered four Walking School Bus routes every Wednesday morning for students of Crooked River Elementary, from spring break to the end of school (a total of 10 weeks). Abby Leibowitz, the AmeriCorps VISTA running the program, did significant outreach to the school community, and found that talking face-to-face with families seemed to be the most effective way of explaining and publicizing the program.

Abby posted fliers throughout town, presented during Senior Center lunches, contacted retired police officers and teachers, encouraged local community leaders to spread the word, and recruited school parents who had previously volunteered. In all, she recruited a total of 8 consistent volunteers and 3 substitute volunteers, 6 of whom were older adults. All volunteers underwent a background check and a one-hour training about the many benefits of walking to school, program logistics, volunteer & participant expectations, and pedestrian safety.

Each week, 15-30 total students participated, and even caught the attention of local media: Crooked River Elementary students who live close to their school may hop on a Walking School Bus once a week.

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Step by Step: How to Create a Walking School Bus At Your School

Step by Step: How to Create a Walking School Bus At Your School is a new toolkit developed by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, with support from the California Department of Public Health, that offers step-by-step guidelines, tips, and tools for planning and implementing a walking school bus program. Learn how to recruit adult volunteers, develop routes, promote the program, and ensure students have fun and stay safe along the way, with downloadable templates and worksheets to give you a fast and easy start.

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Walk to School Day is October 5!

Now is the time to start planning your event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5! Here are three ideas for building momentum in your community this fall leading up to Walk to School Day:

  • Register your event at walkbiketoschool.org to ensure your activities are counted as part of the nationwide movement for walking and bicycling.
  • Coordinate your event with the USDOT’s Mayor’s Challenge. Invite your mayor or elected official to join a walk to school on October 5 and show their support for safe streets and healthy, active kids!
  • Join the Office of the Surgeon General’s Walking Challenge. This two week challenge kicks off on October 5 and commemorates the one-year anniversary of Step It Up, the Surgeon General’s call to action on walking and walkability. More information coming soon!

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Celebrate Walk to School Day and Earn Cash for your School with Fire Up Your Feet!
Is your school participating in Walk to School Day? Track your school’s participation with Fire Up Your Feet on October 5th for a chance to win the $500 Walk to School Day Award! This award will go to the school in each region with the highest percentage of parents, students and school staff that participate in Walk to School Day on October 5th. All entries must be submitted by Friday, October 7th. Register and track today!

Register now! Oregon Safe Routes to School Conference

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Where: Eugene, Oregon
When: June 20-21, 2016++
Earlybird Cost: $20/day (Scholarships available) ~ register today!

The Safe Routes to School Conference will be held on June 20 and June 21 and will include speakers and sessions for new and veteran Safe Routes to School (SRTS) practitioners, staff, volunteers, and partners.

+ Trainings will be held on June 22 and June 23 and will include sessions on the Oregon Bicycle Safety Education and Pedestrian Safety Education curriculum for youth as well as adult traffic skills for bicyclists.

+ On June 18 and 19, you are invited to a family friendly bike ride, camp out, and other networking events!

During the conference we will dig into all aspects of Safe Routes to School, how each “E” (Equity, Education, Encouragement, Evaluation, Enforcement, and Engineering) applies to work in Oregon and to your community. Join us for:

  • Inspiring speakers
  • Presentations to learn how to get more kids using active transportation
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to strengthen our statewide SRTS Network
  • Social events including a pre-conference social gathering and a fun ride after the first day’s events

Learn more about the conference, including the agenda and scholarship information. Full session information will be posted in mid-April. Register now!