Funding opportunities for schools and communities in WA

Due by Dec 3, 2015:
Safe Routes to School Bike & Pedestrian Safety Education Grants
To provide bicycle and pedestrian safety education to students in the 6th through 8th grade in up to 20 school districts across the state between January 2016 – June 2017. The grant award to school districts will range from $1,000 to $25,000 and may be used for curriculum resources, bicycles, a trailer for bicycle storage and transport, teacher training, and other essential services and equipment related to program implementation and evaluation. Learn more (pdf).

On Jan 6, 2016:
Free! Safe Routes to School Workshop for partners in Southwest WA
Is Safe Routes to School right for my community? Efforts to provide safe walking and biking facilities work best when coordinated partnerships are used to support them. The workshop will explore the benefits and basics of Safe Routes to School; WA State Safe Routes to School Grant Program; partnership building opportunities. In Clark County. Limited to 25 participants. Learn more & register.

Due by Feb 19, 2016:

Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools Grants
The Washington Legislature appropriated $5 million dollars in the 2015–17 capital budget for OSPI to administer a new grant program, Healthy Kids–Healthy Schools. Funding for this grant program is a budget investment priority of the Healthiest Next Generation Initiative. This grant program will help schools remove barriers and bridge the gaps that stand between best practices, processes, and policies for improved student health. The grant supports Washington’s Healthiest Next Generation Initiative by funding improvements or renovations to existing buildings, site improvements, and the purchase and installation of new or renovated equipment. Grant categories include Physical Education and Physical Activity – indoor and outdoor equipment, covered play structures, playground equipment. Applications are submitted by the district and may include requests for multiple schools in multiple categories. The minimum district request is $2,500. Grant awards are limited to $200,000 per district. Learn more.

LECTURE: What if Kids Design Cities? Nature, Discovery, and Play in Urban Design, Oct. 29

Children should be seen and heard, ideally outdoors


So believes landscape architect and activist Robin Moore, founder of the Natural Learning Initiative. In a lecture and conversation presented by the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape, Moore will discuss the role of naturalized urban spaces can play in child development and what he describes as “landscape architecture’s new quest” to integrate nature for kids in cities throughout the US and the world.

6:00p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2015
White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street
Admission: No cost, open to the public

Walk & Bike to School in May

This year marks the ten year anniversary of the Safe Routes to School program. A decade ago, in July of 2005, Congress passed federal legislation that established a National Safe Routes to School program to improve safety for walking and bicycling routes to school. Today, we know not only of the safety benefits of more kids walking and bicycling, but also improvements in health, physical activity, equity (pdf), and air quality, as well as reduced traffic congestion, safer & more efficient school bus service (pdf), cost savings, and community building. What a long way we have come!


2015 also marks the celebration of the fourth annual National Bike to School Day. Bike to School Day is on Wednesday, May 6th and many schools in Oregon & SW Washington are signed up to participate with extra-fun events on that day, including great give-aways, fun bike trains, and even a few parties — be sure to let your students know to walk, bike, or roll on Wednesday, and have fun out there!

Friday, May 1 was the first day of the Oregon & SW Washington Fire Up Your Feet Spring Activity Challenge — a great way to start helping support a healthier school environment. In Oregon, as a registrant of Fire Up Your Feet, you & your school are also registered for the Walk+Bike Challenge. With this partnership you have a chance to really make a difference for your school. The terrific weekly prizes and incentives with the Walk+Bike Challenge, added to Fire Up Your Feet cash awards, will help support your school wellness efforts all year.

Fire Up Your Feet Breakout Challenge #1 (runs from May 1-8)
K-8 schools with 20 participants tracking at least one activity will be entered into a drawing for cash prize. Winners will be announced the following week. Here are a few helpful hints to increase your school’s chances of winning this and other awards:

  • Want to track an activity for many – even hundreds – of students with just a few clicks? Create a Group (such as a classroom) and when you track an activity for the group, it will be logged for every individual in that group.
  • Want to be sure everyone that registers counts as a participant? Make sure participants track activity at least once during the Challenge period.
  • Finally, want to cinch the victory? Make sure your school has a minimum of 10 participants by encouraging five parents to register and track, sending flyers home with students, pinning a poster on your school’s bulletin board or inserting a blurb into your school newsletter.

Participants are already winning prizes, so sign up today, start walking & rolling, and track your activity!

Happy Bike Month!

Milwaukie & Tigard Lead the Call for Healthy Kids and Safe Streets

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to support the For Every Kid Coalition in the Pacific Northwest region. For Every Kid is a growing coalition calling for Safe Routes to School for every kid in the Metro-area; vocal support from cities and school districts is an outcome of key partners coming together to promote the benefits and work with communities and we have been an active part of the leadership of this effort.

Local leaders agree: creating safe options to walk, bike, or ride the bus to school is critical to improving the health of kids.

In March, in unanimous votes, Milwaukie and Tigard City Councils became the first cities to pass resolutions calling on the Metro Regional Government to meaningfully invest in a region-wide “Safe Routes to School” initiative.

“The ability to walk and bike safely is critical to school kids,” said Milwaukie City Councilor Mark Gamba. “The measure of any community is the safety and well-being of its children. I intend to see Milwaukie build the necessary infrastructure to create safe routes to school and move towards the eventual goal of being an utterly walkable and bikeable city.”

Families at Linwood Elementary took action to make walking and bicycling to school safer.

Families at Linwood Elementary took action to make walking and bicycling to school safer.

Efforts in Milwaukie kicked off in 2014 when local residents attended our Clackamas County meet & greet event to learn more about how they could make their communities safer for kids walking and bicycling while improving healthy transportation options. Parents at Linwood Elementary didn’t wait to jump on board for their kids’ safety, and the interest in Safe Routes to School has spread like wildfire throughout the City of Milwaukie and Clackamas County.

Following the passage of Milwaukie’s resolution on March 17th, Tigard City Council and Tigard Mayor John Cook joined the call, passing their own resolution on Tuesday. Continue reading

Great Job: Project Coordinator in SW Washington

The Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington (HLC) is looking for a Project Coordinator to be responsible for coordinating environmental strategies to promote health, strategies to build support for healthy lifestyles, health systems interventions to promote the quality of healthcare delivery, and community clinical linkages. This position is Full-Time and will be housed at the ESD 112 Vancouver Campus providing services throughout Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, and Skamania counties.

This is a great opportunity to, among other things, support and promote active living initiatives in SW Washington, including Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School. HLC provides leadership, project management and coordination to ensure that the deliverables of the state and local public health actions to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are accomplished.

For more information & the full job posting: (Then scroll to find “Project Coordinator – HLC” and click to view.)

Report: Healthy Students, Thriving Districts

When students participate in Safe Routes to School programs, they arrive at school safely, on time, and ready to learn. These programs help to develop healthy students with good attendance, and they support schools in achieving their mission of educating children
and youth.
SRTS + District Policies
Check out our new resource and learn about how School Districts, students, and the surrounding community all benefit from including Safe Routes to School in their district policies.

Crosswalk improvements come to Old Town

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead


A highly successful BetterBlockPDX pilot project in October in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown demonstrated what can be done to improve walkability by re-imagining under-used street space as bike lanes, crosswalks, and plazas for people.

Just two months later, the City of Portland is already moving forward on making improvements permanent. The first of new crosswalks in Old Town was installed at a very needed location – NW 2nd & NW Couch.

Happy Holidays!