Oregon Walk and Bike News

Kids Made 242,000 Active Trips in May!

Congratulations to all the Walk+Bike organizers, families, and students!  They made it through a another month of tireless encouraging and tracking walking and bicycle trips during the Walk+Bike Challenge! We want to thank them all so much for their hard work and enthusiasm.

The real winners in the Walk+Bike Challenge are the kids who took around 242,000 active trips in May! 

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We also want to acknowledge our friends at schools that had particularly impressive participation.

  • Ventura Park Elementary saw the greatest increase in participation, going from 14.3%-47.8%, a 43% increase in active trips!
  • Llewellyn Elementary had the most trips by bicycle, 1,340 trips in total!  Awesome!
  • Beach Elementary had the most walking and bicycling trips and the greatest student participation. 95% of the school population made 8,175 trips on foot and by bicycle!
  • Hucrest Elementary and Woodburn Elementary had the best student participation of the schools new to the program, both with 43% participation!

Hooray for everyone who helped thousands of kids get to school in a safe and healthy way!

Read more stories about the Walk+Bike Challenge, and check out the Results!

Lake Grove School Rolls On

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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.

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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.