May is Bike Month


National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 4 – is your school signed up? It’s not too late!

The Fire Up your Feet Spring Activity Challenge has arrived in Oregon & SW Washington, and runs from May 1-31. Make sure you are ready to jump into your favorite activities and earn cash awards for your school at the same time. Make the most of your time online so you can spend more time outside being active! One activity tracker does it all, so parents, teachers, and coordinators can all use the same tracker.

In Oregon, the Walk + Bike Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk and bike to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods.

In Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club hosts friendly statewide Bike to School competitions for elementary, middle and high school students who can track their bike riding during May and earn prizes along the way.

Not a student anymore? Then Bike Everywhere & Bike More.

JOB: Outreach Specialist in SW WA (April-June)

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership seeks a passionate and energetic Outreach Specialist to work under contract to ensure that the National Partnership’s Fire Up Your Feet program engages schools (students, school staff and parents) in the SW Washington area including Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties during the Spring 2016 campaign.

The Outreach Specialist will collaborate with Fire Up Your Feet staff, National Partnership regional staff and partner organizations such as PTAs on achieving program goals, and will provide direct programmatic support to low income communities within the region. A successful contractor may have the opportunity to work on future campaigns in the spring and fall of each school year.

This paid position will last approximately 8 weeks from mid-April through early June.

Desired qualifications:

  • School program experience
  • Strong community network within the region served and ability to cultivate strong relationships within the community
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated and demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus
  • Must have access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Must have ability to work from home with functioning computer

This opportunity is available immediately, will be open until filled, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Download the full position description (PDF) & apply ASAP!

WA: $37M Grant Funding Now Available

Call for Projects Now Open – nearly $40 million available state-wide

The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced their “call for projects” for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and the Safe Routes to School Program. The purpose of these programs? To reduce pedestrian and bicycle collisions and increase the number of people who choose to walk and bike for transportation; and to increase the number of children walking and biking to school safely.

Approximately $18 million for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and $19 million for the Safe Routes to School Program is available.


Free Informational Webinars

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SW Washington: Safe Routes to School Webinar & Workshop

Many children lack safe places to bike or walk. We believe that every child deserves to safely walk and bike to school. Let us help you create more Safe Routes to School for children in your community. When you do, you’ll help everyone in your community become safer, healthier, and more productive!

Webinar: Safe Routes to School and Bikeability
December 15, 2015 @ 10:00am-11:30am

This webinar will focus on infrastructure improvements that address bicycle safety needs of children traveling to school and how those improvements can be a part of a Safe Routes to School project. It will start with a brief summary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Safe Routes to School Program, and plans for the next “call for projects” in early 2016. National and local best practice examples will be shared, including the details of a recently completed Safe Routes to School project in Walla Walla County. Free. Register here.

Register Now: SW Washington Safe Routes to School Workshop
January 6, 2016 @ 1:30pm-4:30pm

Request for Proposals for WSDOT Safe Routes to School grants will be released in early 2016. Proposals must be received from a public agency in WA such as a school district, school, city, county, or public health agency.

Join us on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, to talk about the basics and the benefits of Safe Routes to School, and learn the details of WSDOT grants for bike, pedestrian, and Safe Routes to School engineering projects, including amount of funding available and project application requirements.There will also be an opportunity to work in groups with your local partners to help support your successful project.

Event Details
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Kaiser Permanente Salmon Creek Medical Office
Registration: The event is free but registration is required. Register here.

You will benefit greatly during the workshop if you identify in advance what the engineering “problem” is that you seek to solve, and bring the appropriate partners to the table. Efforts to provide safe walking and biking facilities work best when coordinated partnerships are used to support them. What does that mean? If you’re a school representative, talk to your city’s public works or planning director; if you’re a public health or law enforcement official, find out who at your school or city is involved, and bring your expertise to the table. If you’re a community member or parent, talk with your school’s principal or a health or physical education teacher. Safe Routes to School partnerships usually include teachers, school administrators, transportation professionals, law enforcement, and public health professionals, but may include a wider variety of representatives.

Who should attend this free workshop? Teams of representatives from across Southwest Washington, including city and county transportation, health, and safety staff; school district administration; parents and community members.

Space is limited, please register today.

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.

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.)

Fire Up Your Feet Month Starts Today! Have You Signed Up Yet?

Today marks the first day of the Oregon & SW Washington Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge! Are you registered yet? Start by signing up here! We commend you for your dedication to helping support a healthier school environment.

If you’re excited about winning a Fire Up Your Feet Challenge award, then you might want to make use of our new School Standings report. To access the report, click “Activity Tracker” then “School Standings” (located on the left side of the menu bar). Use both the state and the date filter to drill down to activity during the month of October in your region. Once you’re aware of your school’s standing, you may be surprised by how easy it will be for your school to win one or more of our fabulous fall award offerings starting with this week’s Breakout Challenge award:

Breakout Challenge #1 (runs from October 1-7)
Any K-8 school with at least 20 participants that have tracked at least one activity using the coordinator or individual tracker between October 1-7 will be entered into a drawing for one $200 award. Winners will be announced next 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? Watch our how-to videos.
  • Want to be sure everyone that 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.

Walk It Out with a Fire Up Your Walk to School Award!
Next Wednesday, October 8, millions of families around the world celebrate International Walk to School Day. Check out our Fire Up Your Walk to School Day tip sheet for ideas to build upon the momentum, and remember that any school with 25 or more walkers tracking their activity this month is eligible for a drawing for a $500 Fire Up Your Walk to School Day award. For inspiration, share this infographic about the benefits of walking and bicycling for kids, your community and the planet.