I am so thrilled to be back at The Street Trust (formerly Bicycle Transportation Alliance); working with a great team here, and a broad coalition of partners, during such a critical legislative session.
With so many unknowns on the national level, it is crucial that we act boldly in Oregon to meet people’s needs for safe streets, robust and reliable transit, clean air, and inviting places to take charge of their health through walking and biking.
Governor Kate Brown has named the passage of a transportation funding package as a top priority for 2017, and we support her in this important effort. The Street Trust, and our partners, are working hard to pass legislation that prioritizes $161 million in dedicated funding toward increased transit service; safe routes to school for Oregon’s kids; safer streets, sidewalks and crosswalks; and connected bike networks.
As a leader in the For Every Kid Coalition, The Street Trust is especially focused on funding for Safe Routes to School; prioritizing investments in safe streets in low income neighborhoods, where over half of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch.
We’re partnering with organizations in many Oregon communities, to provide crucial training to activate emerging youth, bike, pedestrian, and transit advocates to connect with their elected leaders and demonstrate why our children need safe routes to school now!
We hope you will join us in signing on to the ask for Safe Routes to School For Every Kid, speaking up for children in your community, and attending an upcoming Safe Routes to School Town Hall:
- December 6 – Eugene Town Hall (Read the recap!)
- January 25 – Redmond Town Hall (Recap coming soon!)
- February 7 – East Portland Town Hall (RSVP)
- February 9 – Seaside Town Hall (RSVP)
- February 27 – Klamath Falls Town Hall (RSVP)
- March 6 – Lobby Day in Salem (RSVP)
- March 7 – Salem Town Hall (RSVP)
Each 90-minute event will include a brief presentation about the current Safe Routes to School program in that area; an update about the 2017 legislative session; and how safe routes to school may be included in the next transportation package. Food and child care will be provided.
You can also be part of this work by donating today.
We appreciate your continued support and look forward to working together on this important legislation!
Yours in embracing the work ahead,
Stephanie Noll, Interim Executive Director