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Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School is all about creating safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for 4J students to walk and bike to and from schools. This is important for the health and safety of our kids and to foster the creation of livable, vibrant communities. We work to increase physical activity and improve walking and bicycling safety conditions on routes to and from school and throughout the community.

The program elements (the “6 E’s”) of Safe Routes to School are below, along with some examples of related activities.

For more information visit the regional SRTS website at www.eugenespringfieldsrts.org or contact: Sarah Mazze, SRTS Program Manager, email: mazze_s@4j.lane.edu, office: 541-790-7492, cell: 541-516-0887

  • Equity – We strive to distribute resources and educational programming equitably across the district and to incorporate equity into each of the “E’s” listed below.
  • Encouragement – Bike + Walk to School Day and Month; School Pool database to connect families for biking, walking or driving together; Walking School Buses and Bike Trains.
  • Education – Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Education in 2nd and 6th grades, respectively.
  • Enforcement – Crossing guards; police enforcement around school zones.
  • Engineering – Improvements to the built environment to support safety for student pedestrians and bicyclists. This may include traffic signals, traffic calming, pedestrian crossings, sidewalks, off-street paths, bicycle parking, and signage.
  • Evaluation – Assessment of infrastructure; classroom tallies and parent surveys to determine needs and program effectiveness.