Commute Options launched Safe Routes to School (SRTS) in 2005 as a way to encourage and educate Central Oregon children on the benefits and safety knowledge of biking and walking to school. SRTS creates fun, convenient, and safe opportunities for children to walk and bike to and from school. Commute Options is currently working with Elementary and Middle schools in the Bend LaPine School School District.
WOW!! You won’t believe how many students and parents walked and biked to school from Elk Meadow Elementary today! Check out our short time lapse video in honor of National Walk and Bike to School Day. Did you walk or bike to school today? PM us with a pic and we will share it!
Posted by Bend-La Pine Schools on Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Walking School Buses and Bike Trains are a healthy active way to start and end your school day. Check out Walking and Biking Route Maps for our schools.
High Lakes Elementary
Bear Creek Elementary
Elk Meadow Elementary
Sky View Middle School
Highland at Kenwood
Cascade Middle School
Action Plan Mini Grants
The Oregon Safe Routes to School Program recommends completing an Action Plan, not only because it is an extremely useful tool for a SRTS school program, but also because it continues to be a requirement of the non-infrastructure application process. Learn more about our Action Plan Mini Grant Program
Oregon Safe Routes to School Train the Coordinator trainings
For educators and coordinators within a school, district or community who want to create fun, convenient and safe opportunities for children to walk and bike to and from school. Learn more information about trainings offered.
Learn more about Oregon Safe Routes to School
About the Curriculum
Our Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program is a comprehensive curriculum designed to teach K-8th grade students. Students learn the traffic rules and regulations, the potential hazards to traveling, and handling skills needed to ride safely through their community. It is geared to meet Oregon’s statewide health and physical education benchmarks and meets the federal guidelines for Safe Routes to School funding. A series of corresponding optional activities are offered that meet reading, math, science, social science, and civics benchmarks. Safe Routes for Kids Bicycle Safety Program Curriculum
Participating in a SRTS program can improve the health of our children & community. That’s an encouraging outcome for a lifetime. How do we do it?
Walking, rolling and bicycling to school can help students:
- Reach the recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day
- Arrive at school energized & ready to learn
- Leave the car behind & reduce dependence on fossil fuels
- Take an active role in their well-being
SRTS is building relationships and local infrastructure
Working toward a safe route to school can help communities:
- Build a sense of neighborhood
- Encourage increased parental involvement at school & beyond
- Promote driving safely in school zones & the larger community
For more information contact: Brian Potwin – brian (at) commute options (dot) org
Safe Routes to School: The Big Picture
Safe Routes to School started as a grass roots effort that spread world wide. The federally funded Safe Routes to School Program is administered in Oregon by ODOT’s Transportation Safety Division. You can find the latest information, contacts and guidance for Oregon on Department of Transportation Safety’s website
The goal of the Safe Routes to School Program is to assist communities in identifying and reducing barriers and hazards to school children, K-12, in walking or bicycling within 2 miles of the school.
The program works with the 5 Es as the key to a solution: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement and Evaluation. SRTS brings together school administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, students, neighbors, police, and community service providers in School Teams and Community Task Forces. The School Teams and Community Task Forces study why more kids aren’t walking and biking to school. Then they develop strategies to increase safety and the number of kids walking and biking to school.