Oregon Walk and Bike News

Lake Grove School Rolls On

photo (11)

The other week, the Portland Tribune ran an article about Lake Grove School in Lake Oswego. Families at Lake Grove School are taking the Walk+Bike Challenge to heart and have encouraged biking in the area! Karen Chi, parent and Walk+Bike Challenge coordinator, led the charge as the whole community got involved.

"It’s just a way to encourage students and families to lead happy, healthy lifestyles,” Karen said. “It’s a way to get some info to the city of Lake Oswego as to how many kids walk and bike to school in the hopes that maybe there will be improvements for bike safety and sidewalks.”

Lake Grove Elementary is surrounded by two high-traffic roads — Boones Ferry Road and Kruse Way — yet there are no school crosswalks across either.

According to Karen, she hopes that with the recent pass of a bond measure to revitalize the Lake Grove section of Boones Ferry Road, the city of Lake Oswego will create safer pedestrian and bikeways.

Beth Otto, a Lake Oswego resident and city sustainable intern, is further promoting cycling in the area with the Lake Oswego 100-Mile Challenge.

And thank you, Karen, for your leadership and energy!

‘Leadership and commitment’ at Walk+Bike annual meeting

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.

kids

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 leeanne@btaoregon.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.

DIY: Health and Safety Fairs!

SafeRoutesbklt-1.SRTS_

It's the season of Health and Safety Fairs in Oregon! Workplaces and communities from Portland to Burns are encouraging employees and citizens to be safe and healthy! Here are a few tips for setting up a family-friendly biking informational table.

  • Portland Resource: The Trauma Nurses Talk Tough is a group in Portland that may be able to help you find discounted helmets. You can contact them at 503-413-4960.
  • Check out the OHSU Safety Store (click on “Safety Supplies”) to find lots of great, low-cost safety products for your home, including child bicycle helmets, starting at just $8. Call or email to place your order today at 503-418-5666 or safety@ohsu.edu.
  • Check out the BTA's blog series about our Bike Safety Curriculum! Read through some of the lessons to become your workplace's new resident expert!
  • Here is a 20-minute video that we show in our bike safety classes. If you have AV capabilities, you could show this to kids.