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Safe Routes to School

Program Manager

 

 
Julie Yip
Phone Number:  503 986-4196
FAX:  503 986-3143
 
ODOT - Transportation Safety Division - MS 3 
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142
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Oregon SRTS Website

 
Safe Routes to School

The Oregon Safe Routes to School website
supports the ODOT Safe Routes to School program and is funded through a grant. The website is a statewide approach to providing SRTS information with specific resources and stories from Oregon Communities. 
 
 
Here you will find information and examples of the components of a comprehensive Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program: Encouragement, Education, Enforcement, Engineering and Evaluation. There are also specific resources and stories from communities throughout Oregon that can help others with their programs.  Oregon Action Plan examples can be found on the webpage under the Resources link at the top of the page.  A map shows Safe Routes projects, past and present, througout Oregon.
 
  
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Action Plan Template

Complete the Oregon Action Plan Template
An approved Action Plan must be received for every school K-8 that is affected by the project proposal at the time of application. The Plan initiates evaluation and community involvement activities that prepare the school to seek SRTS project funds through the state program, or to implement SRTS projects and activities with other funding sources.
 
 
Student Hand Tally and Parent Survey forms 
The National Center for Safe Routes to School clearinghouse is the source for the forms. If you cannot download the forms from this webpage, the hand tally, parent survey, form instructions and data tools descriptions are available at www.saferoutesinfo.org or under the NCSRTS Resources (Evaluation) topic. The returned tally forms and survey forms may be input directly online at http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/data-central or you may opt to mail in your surveys to the national SRTS clearinghouse. For more information, visit the NCSRTS Resources (Evaluation) topic.
 
Recommendations developed from the Action Plan will range from infrastructure improvements to programmatic actions (education and encouragement, and enforcement). The SRTS Program highly encourages infrastructure project applicants to also consider non-infrastructure (education, enforcement, evaluation) components.
 
 
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SRTS Curriculum Now Available

Oregon Safe Routes to School Pedestrian Curriculum Neighborhood Navigators is an Oregon Safe Routes to School Curriculum that teaches grades k-3 pedestrian safety education and encourages students grades 4-8 to look at their travel options and their impacts to the community. It is divided into the Introduction and three modules, grades K-3, grades 4-5, and grades 6-8. The educational content of Neighborhood Navigators is aligned with Oregon Education Standards for the appropriate grade, and many of the lessons meet other subject standards. You are welcome to download the curriculum.
 
Introduction (pdf)
 
K-3 (pdf)
Workbook (pdf)
Workbook -Spanish (pdf)
 
4-5 (pdf)
Workbook (pdf)
 
6-8 (pdf)
Workbook (pdf)
 
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Safe Routes to School Matters

 
 SRTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Only a generation ago, children routinely traveled around their neighborhoods either on foot or by bike. Today, fewer children are walking and biking and more parents are driving. In 1969, 42% of children 5 to 18 years of age walked or bicycled to school. In 2001, the rate fell to 16% (CDC, 2005).  This trend of children replacing a routine of physical activity with motor-powered transportation has led to lifestyle changes that  impact children, families, schools, neighborhoods and the broader community.  Less foot-powered transportation means more motor vehicle traffic around schools, leading to increased traffic congestion which negatively impacts the walking and bicycling environment.  SRTS programs are part of the solution to increase physical activity and improve unsafe walking and bicycling conditions.  
 
Safe Routes to School programs encourage children  grades k-8 to walk and bike safety to school. In Oregon, elementary-age children living within a mile of school and middle school-age children living within 1.5 miles of school typically are not eligible to receive bus service. Safe Routes to School program efforts are directed to these students and are built around 5'E's:  
  • Education
  • Encouragement
  • Enforcement
  • Engineering
  • Evaluation 
Safe Routes to School School proponents promote walking and biking for the health/wellness and physical activity benefits; potential to lower traffic congestion around schools; potential to increase air quality around schools. Information about the Safe Routes to School National efforts can be found at the Safe Routes to School site. Information on Safe Routes to School non-profit National Partnership, a network of 400 plus organizations, government agencies, schools and professionals working together to advance the SRTS movement in the US can be found at Safe Routes Partnership.
 
 
Safe Routes to School, Eugene, Oregon: Case Study
A Team Approach to Safe Routes to School Builds "Kidical Mass"
 
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Educational Videos


Beacon Buddies Get a Brake - Funded by Oregon DOT, Oregon Safe Routes to School and the U.S. DOT, this video demonstrates how rectangular rapid flashing beacons work at a crosswalk. Designed and produced by the Animated Traffic Law Center in Eugene, Oregon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing traffic-related injuries and death, the short video explains the RRFB device to both children and adults.


Simple Steps - This TV PSA encourages all, pedestrians and drivers alike, to practice courtesy and safety to avoid tragic consequences. The PSA is eligible for public use. It's a 4 MB wmv file and may be copied and used until October 30, 2014.

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Brochures & Publications

  
I Brake for Kids  - sticker

 
 

  
  
Roundabouts Another Safe Intersection - activity booklet
 
 
Roundabouts and Bicyclists - Making Safe Choices  
  
 
 
Children Deserve Safe Routes to School - flyer    

    
 
 
"Bike Wheels to Steering Wheels"  - a parent's guide for youth 12-14, to strengthen traffic safety in families; developed by Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, Legacy Emanuel, Portland, OR, with federal highway safety funds. 


   
 
Bicycle Safety - What Every Parent Should Know - booklet 
  


I Brake for Kids - transit media 

  
 
Crosswalks A Safety Tool for Everyone - brochure

 

 
Click on the links below for some great information from NHTSA

Kids and Bicycle Safety - English
Kids and Bicycle Safety - Spanish
 

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Walk and Bike to School Day

Whether it’s an entire community event or parents meeting at a park to walk with their kids, participating in this event shows the many benefits of walking or biking to school, such as finding a safe route, getting some exercise and just having fun!
 
Below are some materials you can use to help promote walking and biking in your community.
 
 
Look Out for Kids Poster  
 
Audio
 
For more information and to find out who is participating in Oregon, visit the Walk + Bike website. www.walknbike.org.
 
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First Lady Michelle Obama's Nationwide Campaign: "Let's Move"
 
National Center for Safe Routes to School 
 
Safe Routes to School National Partnership  

The Ultimate Bike Safety Guide
 
Safe Routes to School 
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Website 
 
Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes Webpage 
 
Lane County's Point2Point Solutions Transportation Options Webpage
 
Oregon Walk + Bike, coordinated by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.
 
 
For further information on School Zone Safety click on the link below:
ODOT-Highway Division 
 
View the League of Illinois Bicyclists "share the road" video.
  
 

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