Get Salem Moving!

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

Get Salem Moving

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. 

Borrow The Slow Way Home film

In Japan, 98 percent of children walk to school.

In the United States, only 13 percent do.

It’s time for a change.

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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!

 

Metro RFFA Award Recommendations

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

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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$33 million for walking, biking and moving freight in the Portland region: VOTE

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!

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Portland SRTS Film Screening

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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

Tell Metro your thoughts on transportation funding

Oregon Metro Public Comments on Transportation Funding Now Open

Oregon Metro has released a 10-minute survey for public comment into transportation funding, housing and equity in the Portland Metro region.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s Pacific Northwest regional policy manager and other regional partners have been working closely with Metro to ensure the region’s goals and focus are translated into funding for appropriate projects that will achieve those goals. We have attended numerous workshops discussing the Regional Flexible Funding policy-setting process — now it’s your turn to share your opinions on how federal funds for transportation projects in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties should be allocated later this year.

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That green line represents the 200+ years it will take to build the region’s active transportation system, at historic funding levels. Source: Roger Geller, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The survey also asks about trends and issues people think leaders should focus on as Metro begins a major update of the Regional Transportation Plan, and requests feedback on questions concerning accessibility and affordability for underrepresented communities. The chart above show that historically, walking and bicycling transportation investments are significantly lower and slower than investments for highways, bridges, freight, and transit; accessibility and affordability in housing is closely related to transportation options available.

This survey will close on Tuesday, February 16. Take the survey: http://bit.ly/tellmetro

Metro and leaders across the region will use survey responses to help set policies to guide future transportation projects across the region. As you consider the survey questions around transportation funding, it’s important to remember that: Continue reading