In June, a dozen new and seasoned SRTS practitioners gathered in Central Oregon to learn and share. Folks from Bend, Salem, Corvallis, Tigard, Roseburg, Albany, Beaverton, and Redmond spent a day learning best practices, success stories, lessons learned, and walked and rode bikes around downtown Redmond.

The group learned how to:

  • Be introduced to the Safe Routes for Kids/Neighborhood Navigators Curriculum focusing on both the in-class and on-street lessons.
  • Understand evaluation techniques including Parent Surveys and Teacher Tallies.
  • Learn and demonstrate bicycle safety expertise, navigating safely and legally with traffic.
  • Have an overview understanding of statewide Safe Routes to School in Oregon.
  • Understand the function of an school or district Action Plan and begin planning for next steps within the schools.
  • Understand the Element’s of Safe Routes to School (Engineering Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, and Equity)
  • Have the knowledge to successfully organize and lead Bike Trains and Walking School Buses.
  • Understand the importance of relationships with local police department and outreach opportunities.
  • Have considered challenges and solutions to implementing the five E’s of Safe Routes to School, with particular emphasis on Education and Encouragement activities.

For more information on the next ORSRTS Network gathering contact Brian Potwin.