Building an Active & Age-Friendly Transportation Network
Join us at Salem’s Center 50+ on Wednesday, May 24 between 4pm-7:30pm for a walk with nationally-renowned walking expert Dan Burden & to learn how YOU can help Salem build an Active & Age-Friendly Transportation Network!
- 4pm-6pm Winter-Maple Family-Friendly Bikeway Open House (Give feedback on the newest progress update!)
- 5pm-6pm Neighborhood Walk with Community Leaders (Learn how healthy streets create healthy neighborhoods!)
- 6pm-7:30pm Presentation and Q & A with Dan Burden (Ask the hard questions about how to make it happen in Salem!)
Light snacks and refreshments provided by North Salem High School catering.
Interpreter services provided when request received prior to May 17.
RSVP on Eventbrite or Facebook
Raffle prizes have been donated by the following local businesses: South Salem Cycleworks, The Bike Peddler, NW Hub, and Salem Summit!
This event made possible through generous funding from: Kaiser Permanente, City of Salem, TGM, AARP Oregon, Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
Thanks goes out for event support from: Center 50+, North Salem High School, Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates, Marion County Public Health, Just Walk Salem-Keizer.
In Japan, 98 percent of children walk to school.
In the United States, only 13 percent do.
It’s time for a change.
The documentary The Slow Way Home looks at how students travel to school in Japan & US, considers why so few kids in the U.S. walk to school, and asks what WE can do to change that. It also features students, families, and local celebrities from Milwaukie, Oregon City, and Portland, OR!
Would you like to screen this film for a group of people in your area, your organization, or just watch it with your family? We have a copy of the film and would be more than happy to lend it to you — just fill out this borrowing form and we’ll get you on the list!
Provide input on Safe Routes to School in March & April to have your say
Fixing Our Streets is a locally-funded street repair and traffic safety initiative that will bring much needed street improvement and safety projects to neighborhoods across Portland. It is expected to provide approximately $8 million for school neighborhood improvements along walking and biking routes to school — around $500,000 dedicated to each High School cluster (including the elementary and middle schools that feed into a particular high school).
Tell them what you think needs to happen around the schools to make walking and rolling to school safer and easier. Portland’s robust Safe Routes to School team hasn’t ever had this much money to spend on safety projects around schools, and now is the time to weigh in — especially if you access a school in the Portland Public (PPS), Parkrose, David Douglas, Reynolds, or Centennial School Districts.
If your student attends a PPS or Parkrose school, you can attend an Open House event to provide input (see schedule below). For David Douglas, Centennial, and Reynolds schools within Portland city limits, Portland’s Safe Routes to School staff will be organizing engagement opportunities at your schools – learn more: bit.ly/OpenHouseSRTS.
HOW TO GET YOUR VOICE HEARD
- Attend a SRTS Fixing Our Streets Open House (see dates below)
- Attend a Walk Audit with SRTS (specific schools in Wilson Cluster only)
- Attend a Walk Audit with Oregon Walks (specific Title I schools in PPS only)
‐ visit OregonWalks.org/HealthyTravel2School for details
- Submit specific concerns at saferoutespdx.org (for PPS schools only)
- Host a pop‐up open house at your school to collect comments from parents
(SRTS will provide the materials!)
If you are, or want to be, working with Russian- or Spanish-speaking communities* and need basic resources to start a conversation and let community members know more about Safe Routes to School, please feel free to download and use our Safe Routes to School Primer translations!
The Primer is a great conversation starter, guide, or leave-behind. Learn more about Safe Routes to School, including essential elements to consider when establishing a program and helpful statistics on the many benefits of Safe Routes to School in your community.
Un manual sobre las rutas seguras a la escuela
Краткое руководство по реализации программы Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School Primer
*Best practice for community outreach involves more than just translated materials. Be sure to go where your community is, don’t ask them to come to you. It is vital to translate documents and have translation at meetings in communities with populations of non-English speakers. Think about how to reach non-native speakers beforehand, including use of radio and community newspapers. [Adapted from FRESC: http://fresc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Best-Practices-for-Community-Engagement.pdf%5D
Now available! Metro Regional Safe Routes to School Framework, a project that collected data about current and historic funding and programming for school travel initiatives; identified the schools with the greatest need for safety improvements, the greatest potential impact, and equity needs; produced School Area Maps for each school in the Portland Metro region; identified best practices for regional Safe Routes to School programs; and proposed next steps for Metro regional government to support local jurisdictions’ efforts around Safe Routes to School and school transportation.
The final report, as well as School Area Maps for each district, can be found and downloaded here.
Oregon Metro, the Portland area’s regional government, is currently finalizing funding recommendations for the active transportation and freight project applications to the Regional Flexible Fund Allocation (RFFA). RFFA is money from the federal government that can be used for a wide range of transportation projects across the Portland region – considered “flexible” because the funds are not restricted to projects on highways. In this round, $33 million is available for transportation projects, including walking, bicycling, access to schools and transit, with a quarter of the funds directed to freight-specific projects:
- $25.81 million for active transportation/complete streets projects that make it safer and easier for people to walk, ride bicycles or get to transit and other destinations such as school and work.
- $7.34 million for regional freight investments, projects that improve access to freight hubs and industrial areas and improve safety on freight routes.
Thirty-two projects were submitted to this 2019-21 RFFA cycle from cities and counties across the region, including 27 projects to the Active Transportation/Complete Streets funding stream. Total funding requested across all projects totaled more than $100 million, far exceeding the amount available. The vast majority of the funding requests were for Active Transportation/Complete Streets projects, totaling approximately $93 million and demonstrating a significant need for more funding for walking and bicycling projects in this region. Continue reading
In the Portland Metro region, Regional Travel Options (RTO) grants fund projects that help improve the transportation system through education and encouragement of travel choices to and from work or school, such as carpooling, riding transit, walking, and bicycling. These programs help the region in numerous ways by both improving mobility and reducing pollution from car trips. While this funding opportunity has traditionally focused on employer-based, commuting, and adult needs for travel options, there is a very real need for our youth to also be the recipient of education and encouragement focused on their unique travel options and needs.
The most recent RTO grant cycle, which runs from July 2017 through June 2019, just announced 17 grant awards worth $2.5 million.This grant cycle attracted an overwhelming number of strong applicants, requesting a total of $3.5 million – over a million dollars more than the program was able to fund. Across the region, applicants were awarded grants for projects to make it easier for people to walk, bike, take transit or carpool; Safe Routes to School projects made up nearly a quarter of those award funds, through four projects across the region:
- Beaverton Safe Routes & Beaverton School District will continue their Safe Routes to School program that started with an RTO grant in 2015, strengthening and expanding work focused on students and families living within the walk zone.
- City of Tigard will continue their successful Tigard Safe Routes to School program that started with an RTO grant in 2015, focusing on all Tigard schools in Tigard-Tualatin School District.
- Multnomah County will expand their Safe Routes to School program that has existed in the past based on state and county funds, focusing on schools in East Multnomah County.
- Community Cycling Center will build a community-based Safe Routes to School program in North Portland.