Six workshops and a webinar are scheduled around the state this summer to help school districts, safety advocates, parents, teachers and others learn about the new state program that will fund Safe Routes to School projects such as improving intersections, adding sidewalks and more.

“Safe Routes to School” refers to efforts that improve, educate, or encourage children safely walking (by foot or mobility device) or biking to school. The Oregon Department of Transportation has two main types of Safe Routes to School programs: infrastructure and non-infrastructure. Infrastructure programs focus on making sure safe walking and biking routes exist through investments in crossings, sidewalks and bike lanes, flashing beacons, and the like. Non-infrastructure programs focus on education and outreach to assure awareness and safe use of walking and biking routes. Investments include developing Safe Routes to School Action Plans, educating students on walking and biking options and how to do use them safely (laws, rules, and guidelines), among other efforts.

ODOT’s Safe Routes to School programs are focused on providing grants to make it safer for Oregon’s children to walk or bike to school, providing opportunity and encouragement. ODOT also houses information resources and provides some technical support. Information about the grant programs and resources are provided below.

  • Baker City
    June 18, 1PM – 2:30PM
    Baker County Library, 2400 Resort St.
    This is hosted in conjunction with the Northeast and Southeast Area Commissions on Transportation meeting.
  • Salem
    June 25, 3PM – 4:30PM
    Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High St. NE
    This is hosted in conjunction with the Oregon Safe Routes to School Network Annual Meeting.
  • Webinar
    June 27, 1PM – 2:30PM
    This will be held online through the free JoinMe program.
    RSVP recommended, and for more information: LeeAnne Fergason.

Other workshops are being held in Redmond, Portland, Springfield and Ashland. Visit the website for more information.