Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is all about creating safe, convenient, and fun opportunities to bicycle, walk, scoot, skate and bus to and from school. This is important for the health and safety of our kids and the community. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs often start with encouragement programs to get people to try walking or biking to school. Starting with a simple fun event that builds interest and enthusiasm will attract attention and support for more activities, more people and ultimately, behavior change.
It's all about having fun!
We want to get people to try walking or biking to school, see how fun and easy it is! Starting with a simple, fun event that builds interest and enthusiasm.
Walk+ Roll to School Day - October 2, 2019
Earth Day - April 22, 2020
Walk + Roll Challenge Month - May
Bike to School Day - May 6, 2020
School starts soon!
As you and your family prepare to go back to school, plan your walking and cycling routes now to ensure safety and efficiency. Identify locations of:
sidewalks or low volume roads
crosswalks or traffic signals
entrance to the school and the safest way to get there
If possible, talk with friends and neighbors to plan to walk together.
If offered bus service, know where the stop is, your route to the stop and where to safely wait for the bus.
Welcome Back to School!
The new school year is the perfect time for students and families to start creating healthy, fun
and safe habits. Safety is everyone’s responsibility! Here are some reminders as we travel to
and from school:
• Keep your eyes and ears open for traffic all around.
• If driving, slow down to 20 mph or less in school zones and neighborhood streets.
• Check for safety at all intersections, in bike lanes and follow the directions from crossing
• Remember to be alert and mindful of all road users (no texting; be aware of school zones)
especially when we’re in a rush. We all want to get someplace fast, but safety for our children is
our top priority — and takes all of our efforts.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 2, 2019 — International Walk+Bike to
School Day! Let’s see how many people we can get walking and rolling. Stay tuned for more
Wednesday October 2nd is International Walk + Bike to
Wednesday, Oct. 2 is International Walk + Bike to School Day. We also call it Walk+Roll Day, to
celebrate all types of active transportation — biking as well as riding scooters, skateboards and
more. It’s great for us, our kids and it’s great for the community. Here are five top reasons:
1. Fewer vehicles reduces reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions near schools and in
school parking lots.
2. More people on foot and bike builds school community and boosts awareness of all road
users around schools.
3. Physical activity boosts kids’ readiness to learn and brings long-lasting health benefits.
4. Kids have fun with their friends and bond with their families while walking or rolling together.
5. Being outside builds independence, resilience and lifelong transportation skills. If your child
would like to walk to school with a volunteer-led group to school, join in a Walking School Bus or
ask your administrator or Green Team to start one.
Register your school at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org
and visit https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/departments/transportation/safe-routes-to-school/beaverton-safe-routes-to-school to get all of the information you need to plan a
Parents -- ask how your school is participating in Walk + Roll Day, and join in the celebration.
Fall Back on November 3
On Sunday, Nov. 3rd, we lose an hour and it will be darker earlier. With shorter days this time of year, all road users should be extra alert to see each other. Here are some suggestions to help everyone safe on the road.
• Wear bright, reflective clothing when walking or biking. Walk with eyes and ears open and alert, and don't assume people driving will see you. Make eye contact before crossing in front of vehicles, and don’t wear headphones or text while crossing the street.
• Cyclists should make sure to have lights and wear helmets — it is the law, and it helps people see you and helps keep you safe. Using a bike lane does not guarantee safety, so remain vigilant in traffic.
• Driving or biking? Use extra caution and slow down in the dark and in the rain. Always be alert for people on foot or bike at intersections, crosswalks (marked and unmarked), bike lanes and in school zones. Do not text and drive — it’s against the law, carries steep fines and is unsafe for all road users.
When more people walk, bike and take the bus, it makes the route to school safer, less congested and more fun for everyone. Thank you for being a safe road user.
Be PALS and Get to School Safely
Our crossing guards work hard every day to help our children get to and from school safely. Whether on school property or in the community, if you see a crossing guard, please do what they are asking you to do. And slow down! We teach staff and students to be PALS when walking, biking or driving. Please do the same when you travel throughout the community.
P- Polite: respect all road users (look out for each other)
A- Alert: eyes, ears and brain focused on task (put your phone away!)
L- Legal: obey all signs and signals, know your rights AND responsibilities
S- Safe: know your abilities to make good choices We all must work together to be safe while getting to and from school.
It takes all of us to keep the roads safe for everyone. Please be especially mindful in school zones, at intersections and crosswalks (marked and unmarked), near bike lanes and in neighborhoods. Thank you!
Resolve to Be More Active
January is a great time for a fresh routine or a renewed commitment to being more active. Your school commute is an excellent place to start! Walking or biking — even part of the way to school — is good for both personal and community health and safety.
Everybody should: 1. Keep your EYES and EARS OPEN, know what’s going on around you. 2. Cross the street at the corner, or at a crosswalk if there is one, and obey all traffic signals. 3. Look left, right, left again, AND behind before crossing. Continue looking all ways until you reach the other side. 4. Before starting to cross, make eye contact with stopped driver/s so they see you and know your intention. 5. Walk on a sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the street, facing oncoming traffic.
Walk and Bike: It’s Good for your Heart!
Whether you walk or bike a few blocks to school or close to a mile, your active commute is good for your heart, you whole body and it’s invigorating and fun! With colder winter weather, children spend less time playing outside, but a nice brisk walk or bike ride to school will help achieve their recommended 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day. This will help reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes, boost performance school and improve their overall physical and emotional health.
Here are steps you can take to prepare for walking or biking in the rain this winter:
• Wear a raincoat or poncho, and/or carry an umbrella.
• Wear reflective gear and/or bright colors and use a light on your bicycle.
• Carry a plastic bag to store wet gear during the day.
• Wear gloves and waterproof shoes. Carry (or store at school) extra shoes and socks to change into.
• Find an under-cover area to park your bike if possible. If not, bring a plastic bag to cover the seat.
• Only walk or bike in the rain if you’re comfortable, as roads are slick and visibility may be reduced. Always remember to stop at the curb or edge of the street, look in all directions before crossing and keep looking for traffic until you have finished crossing.
Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday, March 8, 2020
With daylight saving time starting soon, the hours of darkness have shifted. It’s now darker during morning hours when many of us travel to work, school or other destinations. We can help make everyone’s trip safe by slowing down especially in neighborhoods and school zones.
• Be on the lookout for each other. Whether we are a driver, pedestrian or cyclist, we all want to get somewhere and it only works when we all work together.
• Don’t be a distracted driver, cyclist or pedestrian. Keep your eyes on the road or path ahead, hands on the wheel or handlebars and brain focused on the task of being a good road user.
• See and be seen: Pedestrians and bicyclists should always wear reflective or bright-colored clothing to increase their visibility. Drivers check your lights, use them and always watch for others.
• Stop, look, and listen: When approaching intersections, and crossing streets, stop and look in all directions before crossing. Make sure vehicles are stopped for you before starting to cross.
Be Green and Active!
Transportation is responsible for nearly one third of all carbon emissions in the U.S. Our personal transportation choices every day can make a huge impact on our community’s environmental health. Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2020! Celebrate your part by walking or rolling (bike, skate, scoot, bus) to school to celebrate your lighter footprint on the planet. Active transportation brings these Earth-friendly benefits and more:
• Reducing fossil fuels and air pollution
• Boosting community safety by reducing traffic congestion near schools and in neighborhoods
• Building lifelong healthy habits and a sense of community by walking and biking together
Ask your school’s Green Team or walk + bike coordinator if your school can celebrate active transportation as part of an Earth Day celebration. Also get ready to show your spirit during Walk and Bike Challenge Month in May.
Register your school at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org and search our site to get all of the information you need to plan a successful event.
May is Walk + Roll Challenge Month
Thousands of BSD students and families participate in Walk + Roll Challenge Month each year
– it’s all about getting out there and doing what you can. Whether you’re a walk + roll newbie or
superstar, it’s always good to remember the endless benefits that come from active
transportation. Here are just a few:
• It's fun – especially with friends and neighbors
• It keeps you fit, and prepares your brain for learning
• It boosts endorphins and makes us happier
• It saves us money, otherwise spent on gas and car maintenance
• It often saves us time from sitting in traffic and in crowded parking lots
• It’s better for the planet – no air pollution near schools, no fossil fuels burned.
Just foot and pedal power!
• It makes roads safer as more active road users are visible to vehicles
We must all work together to ensure we all stay safe getting to and from school. Find some
friends and plan a route with low-speed and low-volume roads. Ask your school how they’ll be
participating in Walk and Roll Challenge Month and use your school’s preferred walk and bike
map to find your route. Whatever mode you choose, be Polite, Alert, Legal and Safe!
Have a Safe Summer!
As you and your children get ready for a summer of fun and adventure, review the PALS slogan to help all have a healthy, happy, fun filled summer!
P- Polite: respect all road users
A- Alert: eyes, ears and brain open and ready
L- Legal: obey all sign and signals, know your rights AND responsibilities
S- Safe: know your abilities to make good choices
A great summer activity would be to map your route to school, community center, pool, park or friend’s house. List positives and negatives about the trip. What can you/ we do to make it better? Then write a letter to your local newspaper or school teacher about where you’ve gone, how many miles traveled, and what improvements you’d like to see on these routes. Maybe we can make them better!