Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Opportunities to Promote Walking and Biking to School

A couple of notes on walking and biking to schools...

Free Walk+Bike Webinar on April 12th
Tune in to learn about a variety of encouragement programs, including May's Walk+Bike Challenge Month, and the steps necessary to organize these successful events in communities big and small throughout Oregon.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade when putting on the Walk+Bike Challenge Month and other encouragement events throughout the year.

Jennifer Young: Oregon Health Authority, Nutrition and Physical Activity Coordinator
Susan Derry + Vince Weeks: Teachers and Coordinators of Oakland OR, SRTS Program
Therese Madrigal + Brian Potwin: Deschutes County Public Health and Commute Options SRTS Coordinators, Bend, OR
Michael Mann: Teacher, SRTS guru, Dexter McCarty Middle School, Gresham, OR

Date: Thursday April 12, 2012
Time: 3:30- 4:15
Register here

State Safe Routes to School Committee has two Vacancies
The Oregon Department of Transportation is seeking people interested in filling two vacancies for the nine-member Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee. The two stakeholder positions available represent bicycle-based advocacy groups and local traffic safety committee or neighborhood association constituencies

The committee provides technical assistance to the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, acts as a review committee for SRTS grants, serves as a communication channel between the SRTS Program and stakeholders and as an advocate for SRTS. Members serve on a volunteer basis. The committee meets at most four times a year, generally in Salem, with the option for members to join the meeting by teleconference or videoconference. The state reimburses members for travel expenses to attend committee meetings.

The ODOT Safe Routes to School Program is a statewide program assisting Oregon communities in identifying and reducing barriers and hazards to children, K-12, when walking or bicycling to or from school. The program may provide federal aid funding to schools K-8 for education and outreach, evaluation, and engineering and enforcement within two miles of the school, based on a statewide competitive application process.

The Safe Routes to School Program welcomes stakeholder participation from across the state -- from urban, suburban and rural communities. The application is posted on the website (word doc). Please submit completed application by mail, postmarked no later than April 16, 2012.

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