In April, the Walk+Bike Network convened in Salem for our annual meeting. We believe that all students deserve to walk and bike to school safely. Our events, meetings, trainings, and summer camps all work towards making that a reality in Oregon. This year, we identified two goals.
1. Go where the teachers are. Identify events and networks where members of our Walk+Bike network can be present, raise awareness about Safe Routes to School, and identify shared goals. We can’t expect more educators, teachers unions, and school boards to join our movement if we don’t proactively join and support the efforts they’re engaged in.
2. Develop Oregon Safe Routes to School resources. Develop further resources to both spread awareness of Safe Routes to School and give new schools and communities better tools for getting started. Create an Oregon SR2S Powerpoint presentation that individuals can customize for use in their specific communities, make use of community pages on oregonsaferoutes.org, conduct a webinar on what it means to be an advocate for Safe Routes to School, and lead a discussion on building sustainability within local SR2S programs.
These goals will now be taken up by the Steering Committee to determine the next steps. If you are interested in helping move forward either (or both!) of these goals, contact LeeAnne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Thank you for your leadership and commitment," said Gigi Sims, Corvallis Safe Routes to School Coordinator and a strong member of the Network.
And thank you, Gigi! This group is full of energy and passion. We are doing great things, and we will do more great things. Join us.