Jump Start your Youth Bike Safety Program by December 31

The holidays are coming, and so is the deadline to apply for the Walk+Bike Jump Start Education Program. Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are due by December 31, 2013, so apply now!

Jump Start is a great way to fill in that powerful Education piece of your Safe Routes to School Program.

article 1What does my community receive if we’re selected?

  • 8 hour training for teachers and community members on the BTA’s Safe Routes for Kids Curriculum.
  • Materials for the community to keep and use for one school year, including 36 bikes of all sizes, 100 helmets, tools, use of a 20ft trailer.
  • An education for your students that will last a lifetime!

What is required of the school district and the community? 

This is your program so the more you put into it the better it will be, however, outlined below are the very basics.

1)    The school district is willing to let students ride bikes on and off of campus during the school day. The BTA can provide a sample release form for the district to use.

2)    The school district is willing to promote the training to all PE and health teachers and identify teachers to be trained.

3)    A school district representative attends an initial planning meeting, replies to monthly email check ins, and attends an evaluation meeting at the end of the school year.

4)    The school district signs an agreed upon MOU stating responsibilities (sample provided).

5)    The school district or community provides a space for a one-day training for teachers and other community members in August or September.

6)    The school district or community provides a staff person to create a schedule for moving the fleet of bikes and trailer from school to school for teachers to use and provide a vehicle and driver to move the trailer.

7)    The community is willing to support the school district the program is implemented.

8)    This program is provided free through a generous grant from Oregon Department of Transportation.

The BTA is able to offer the Jump Start program for free thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Department of Transportation. Apply now and read more about Jump Start like how did Jump Start begin and where is she now?


Comments (4)

  1. Brad Coy Permalink  | Dec 04, 2013 08:47am

    Would a community in the Mid-Willamette Valley (i.e., Salem-Keizer area) be eligible for the Jump Start Education Program?

  2. Michael McKinney Permalink  | Dec 04, 2013 09:17am

    A similar question to the first comment- how about eligibility for a Southern Oregon school district? (where helmet use appears to be optional for youth)

  3. Joy Gipson Permalink  | Dec 04, 2013 10:18am

    And what about Corvallis/Albany?

  4. LeeAnne Fergason Permalink  | Dec 04, 2013 10:22am

    Any city/community/district is eligible! Some communities already have in-school youth bike education programs running. If anyone applies from a city that already has the resources available and active programs, I will connect you with the program managers.