Oregon Walk and Bike News

October 8th is International Walk+Bike to School Day!

Are you excited to join dozens of other schools in our community in celebrating our two best modes of transportation? We are!

Over 180 schools are registered, and we want more! If you've already registered, talk to your friends, colleagues, and parents at other schools. Our goal is to have 300 schools registered for Walk+Bike to School Day, so help us get the word out! 

Now through October 8th, we'll be raffling off Nutcase Helmets; any new schools that register are automatically entered to win! 

There are two ways to register: go to www.walknbike.org and click on "Register" on the left side of the page, or go to or.fireupyourfeet.org and register on the right side of the page.

The second link is the official page for Fire Up Your Feet, whose registration we will be transitioning to for the Walk+Bike to School Challenge in May 2015. 

Benefits of registering on Fire Up Your Feet:

  • It is the official website for the National Safe Routes to School Partnership, which has more programs and resources in place that earn schools logging their activity more money!
  • Plenty of resources are available on the site, from activity trackers and webinars to blogs and awards recognitions. 
  • You can enter and compete in the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge, running the entire month of October. Click here to learn more about the Challenge, and to see how your school can win.

 

Once you're all signed up, you can order incentives! You can order up to $41.85 in stickers, tattoos, and ribbons, as well as up to 20 posters (we recommend 4-8 per school). The posters do not count towards the $41.85 limit. If you order less than that amount, or just posters, your checkout total will be $0 and you won't be charged.

We look forward to seeing your school get involved. Now start logging that activity!

*Important Announcement* for Walk+Bike Coordinators

This fall, the Walk+Bike Program is partnering with Fire Up Your Feet to streamline registration and tracking. Starting today, all registrations and activity tracking will happen at fireupyourfeet.org for International Walk+Bike to School Day, happening on October 8th.

Registering at fireupyourfeet.org will grant you the same benefits and incentives packages (to promote the program) as the Walk+Bike registration. Registering is easy; simply click on "Register" at the top right corner of the screen and complete the form with your name and school information.

You also have the option of participating in the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge, which offers cash rewards to schools that track their physical activity for the whole month of October. Just sign into your account, click on "Activity Tracker" and log away! All physical activity counts- not just walking and biking. Schools win awards based on the percentage of participation (correlated to school enrollment). 

Parents, teachers, and school staff are also encouraged to participate and track their own activity, which contributes to the school's overall involvement. 

For those who already signed up for W+B on this website, don't worry! We are transferring your information to FUYF for you. 

 

Register now! Oregon Safe Routes to School Conference

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  • Do you want a strong Safe Routes to School Program in your community?
  • Do you want to personally know who to go to when you have a challenge?
  • Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and change the world?

If so, the Walk+Bike Network invites you to come to the 3rd Annual Oregon Safe Routes to School Conference (formerly the Walk+Bike Retreat)! The conference is coming up on June 26-28, 2014 in Newburg, Oregon and registration is open now.

Our goal is to create a conference that will use all of our talents to the fullest and allow us to work and grow together as a team, working towards our common goal: making it safe and accessible for every student to walk and bike to school. We will spend two-and-a-half days working on projects to make this a reality, so get ready to roll up your sleeves!

During the conference we will dig into all aspects of Safe Routes to School, how each “E” (Education, Encouragement, Evaluation, Enforcement, and Engineering) applies to Oregon and to your community, and also discuss:

  • Visioning for Oregon Safe Routes to School
  • Goal setting
  • Getting results
  • Local Issues
  • State Issues
  • Teamwork
  • Networking

In addition to the conference, there are opportunities for pre-conference trainings on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23rd and 24th. You can contact LeeAnne for information about the Youth Bicycle Education Curriculum training, or contact Lynne for more information about the Neighborhood Navigators Curriculum training.

This year's full Conference program:

Thursday, June 26
10am: Visioning Session
12pm: Lunch (on your own)
1pm: Continue Visioning
Afternoon: Break into teams with goals from visioning session
4:30pm:  Key Note Speaker and Networking
Evening: Teamwork (optional)

Friday, June 27
8am: Coffee and Community discussions: Local problem solving
10am: Presentations and discussions (Topics and facilitators TBD on Thursday based on the needs of the group)
12pm: Lunch (on your own)
1pm: Subject Matter Experts available for questions and brainstorming
2:30-evening: Teams work on goals and presentations
6pm-8pm: team fun and networking

Saturday, June 28
8am: Coffee
9am: Team Presentations
12pm: Closing and next steps
Afternoon optional activity: Wine tasting! (various locations in downtown Newberg)

What are you waiting for? Register now!

Cost of the conference is $30 per person. Limited scholarships are available. Contact LeeAnne for more information.