Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School is a program helping to create safe, convenient and encouraging activities for Bethel students to walk, roll and bike to and from schools. This is important for the health and safety of our students while contributing to our community’s livability.
Walking maps are available for Bethel schools. The maps are designed to help families select routes for their students to walk.
Bethel works to increase physical activity while improving walking and bicycling conditions throughout the district in partnership with our local officials. Program elements of Safe Routes to School are based upon national best practices related to the 6 E’s.
● EDUCATION – Pedestrian Safety Education for second graders and Bicycle Safety Education for fifth graders are offered in classrooms.
● ENCOURAGEMENT – Bike + Walk to School Day and May is Bike Month activities are available to students; resources for transportation options such as carpooling, Walking School Buses, Park and Stride, and Bike Trains are available for interested parties.
● ENFORCEMENT – Crossing Guards plus coordination with Eugene Police Department is a priority.
● ENGINEERING – Improvements to the built environment are studied and coordination with local jurisdictions happen for things such as; traffic signals, traffic calming, pedestrian crossings, sidewalks, bicycle parking and signage when funds are available.
● EVALUATION – Classroom tallies and parent surveys are used to determine needs and program effectiveness.
WALKING SCHOOL BUS
A group of children walking to school with one or more adults is called a Walking School Bus. Clear Lake Elementary principal John Luhman showed how easy it is by inviting students to walk to school with him.
For help forming your neighborhood or school’s own Walking School Bus contact Bob Beals, Bethel School District’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 541-688-9612 ext 3212
For more information visit the regional SRTS website at www.eugenespringfieldsrts.org or contact Syd Shoaf, Bethel School District’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator: email@example.com or phone 541-688-9611 ext 3212