Inter-generational Walking Project: Stephens Middle School and Center 50+

Through a partnership with AARP-Oregon and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Inter-generational Safe Streets Challenge recipient Just Walk Salem Keizer worked with Stephens Middle School in Salem, Oregon. Here’s their exciting success story. 

In collaboration with Just Walk Salem Keizer, OSU Extension Service, and Salem Leadership Foundation, students at Stephens Middle School and volunteers from Center 50+ (senior center) conducted an inter-generational walking project in support of the Inter-generational Safe Streets Challenge.

The project engaged twenty-three students from the Stephens Middle School leadership class and 8 volunteers from Center 50+. Students were divided into six groups, with at least one adult volunteer in each group. Over eight sessions, students worked with the volunteers to develop their route, cross-check the route with the Walkable America Walkability Checklist, make changes, cross-check again, and then finalize the route. A total of six routes were developed. Students shared their routes and experiences in a presentation to peers and stakeholders on May 23, 2017. Eight students, representing four groups, were invited to share their presentation with transportation planners from Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (June 8, 2017) and Salem City Council (June 12, 2017).

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SRTS Coordinator Job in Tigard, OR

The City of Tigard seeks to become the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives.

Tigard is currently recruiting for a Program Coordinator (Safe Routes to School) position. This position will be responsible for development, coordination, and implementation of the SRTS program for the City. This includes program development/planning, program administration, marketing/outreach, education and training, event promotion, volunteer coordination, and program evaluation.

Please note: This is a grant funded one year limited duration position.

Posting closes on 7/11/16 at 5:00pm. Find the full job post here.

2/17 open house: Monroe Neighborhood Street Design

Clackamas County & Milwaukie — the County is working with the community to design improvements to Monroe Street, Thompson Road and connecting streets to increase safety and accessibility for all travelers – drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Monroe Street is a key east-west route across Milwaukie and northwest Clackamas County, an important link between downtown Milwaukie and Clackamas Town Center, and a valuable connection between the MAX Orange line and MAX Green line.

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The project also includes development of a Safe Routes to Schools plan for Whitcomb Elementary School.

Comment on:

  • Making walking and biking safer and easier for children and adults
  • What to do with the unimproved area of Monroe just east of 78th?
  • Balancing the need for on-street parking with the need to provide safe places for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Options for slowing traffic

The public is invited to learn more about design plans under consideration at a public open house.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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n the cafeteria at Whitcomb Elementary School – 7400 SE Thompson Road

A special presentation about the plan and design options will be presented at 6:45 p.m.

Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Opens for Public Comment

The Public Comment period for the Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan is open until February 18th, 2016, and you are strongly encouraged to review the plan and submit comments.

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This is the first time the plan has been updated since 1995, and much work has been put into it. Together with a coalition of transportation, health, and safety advocates, Kari Schlosshauer, the PNW Regional Policy Manager, submitted a letter of comments and concerns (pdf) to be addressed in the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan prior to final adoption, including:

  • Programs such as Safe Routes to School, which should be closely referenced and supported in this Plan, are only given brief mention.
  • There is a missed opportunity in not more strongly linking such education/ encouragement programs with infrastructure built by state and local partners.
  • The Plan needs a better assessment of existing conditions. ODOT’s Region 1 Active Transportation Needs Inventory and Assessment provides an excellent process and example, and should be replicated statewide.
  • Updates to the functional classifications of ODOT facilities incorporating 2015 conditions is required in order to accurately reflect Oregon’s commitment to improved bicycle access on specific streets.
  • Include a true Multimodal Level of Service performance measures in the context of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

ODOT will present the Draft Plan to a variety of different stakeholder groups & will also hold an online open house available mid-December.

For more information, visit the Plan website, attend a presentation or the online open house, and be sure submit your comments before February 18, 2016. The next 20 years of walking, bicycling, and safe routes to everywhere depend on it.

Crosswalk improvements come to Old Town

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

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A highly successful BetterBlockPDX pilot project in October in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown demonstrated what can be done to improve walkability by re-imagining under-used street space as bike lanes, crosswalks, and plazas for people.

Just two months later, the City of Portland is already moving forward on making improvements permanent. The first of new crosswalks in Old Town was installed at a very needed location – NW 2nd & NW Couch.

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Sign the petition to support safe routes to school For Every Kid

Join us as we fight to ensure health and safety for every kid by urging Metro to invest in safe routes to school for every kid in the Metro-area.

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In the coming months, Metro Council has the opportunity to dedicate critical funding that could shape a healthy future for every kid in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties. When it is safe, convenient, and fun to walk to neighborhood schools, our children are healthier, our streets are safer for everyone, and our communities thrive. Every kid in Oregon deserves a chance at a healthy future.

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Livability Fact Sheets Make Land Use and Transportation Concepts Easy to Understand

AARP partnered with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to create 11 Livability Fact Sheets. Each fact sheet takes a concept – like density, road diets, traffic calming and several others – and explains what it is, how it works, what myths you hear about it, how to get it right, and where to look for success stories. References on the fact sheets list resources.

The package of comprehensive fact sheets can be used by community leaders, policy makers, activists, and other interested citizens to learn more about creating livable communities for all ages.

Livability Fact Sheets