Safe Routes to School

We use several program models designed to bring education services to elementary and middle school teachers to encourage students and families to walk and bike to school.

The Street Trust’s Safe Routes to School programs are the best bicycle and pedestrian safety programs in the country. Through our partnership with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, we help kids get to school safely.

Our Programs

Student Education Programs

Our instructors have been teaching the Safe Routes for Kids curriculum for over 15 years. Our adaptable curriculum is used to teach elementary and middle school students in many formats.

  • Bicycle Education Instruction

  • Pedestrian Education Instruction

Bike Safety Camps

Our education team has adapted the Safe Routes for Kids curriculum into fun games and activities to teach bike safety skills in after-school and summer programs. The camps provide opportunities for students to explore the school’s neighborhood by bicycle.

Pedestrian Education Instruction

For over a decade, The Street Trust instructors have been teaching 1st & 2nd graders pedestrian safety. The program includes both in-class and on-the-street instruction, including a community walk where students practice crossing the street by themselves, sometimes for the first time!

Training for Teachers

As active transportation safety education experts, The Street Trust’s education team has developed training curricula for teachers to learn how to conduct their own active transportation safety education programs.

Middle School Bike Safety Teacher Training

To accomplish their goals of teaching bike safety education in middle schools, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has partnered with The Street Trust to train middle school teachers.  The program scaffolds across the three grades and 6th-8th grade uses its own curriculum. A Street Trust instructor models how to teach the class so teachers receive the best instruction.

Pedestrian Education Training for Teachers

This training focuses on the concepts of The Street Trust’s Pedestrian Safety curriculum for educators. Teachers will have the knowledge of how to teach students, plan a walking route and encourage students to walk throughout the school year.

Training for Teachers
  • Bicycle Education Training for Teachers

  • Pedestrian Education Training for Teachers

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How to Apply

Educators may apply online to receive services and financial assistance. All services and financial assistance are available and awarded through this application process.

Educational programs can be tailored to your school and budgetary needs. Contact Jordan Bailey with questions and for more information.

Financial Assistance

We provide as much financial assistance as possible, by sharing resources and seeking ongoing funding to supplement the cost of the program. However, The Street Trust does not have the resources to fully subsidize every program– you are the best fundraiser for your program.

Join Oregon’s Safe Routes to School Network to receive information about reduced-cost trainings, funding sources, and support from folks that are working for common goals across the state.

 
Student Education Programs

Our instructors come to your school to teach the Safe Routes for Kids curriculum. We provide all program supplies including bikes and helmets.

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School Requirements:
  • Must have room to store 33 bikes for the duration of the program (12’ x 12’ minimum).

  • Must be in close proximity to a paved area for drills.

Pedestrian Education Instruction

A Street Trust instructor will teach the 1.5-hour curriculum to one class of students. The course can be taught in one 1.5-hour lesson in one day or two 45-minute lessons over the course of two consecutive school days. The program includes both in-class and on-the-street instruction.

Training for Teachers

The Street Trust will help your school or district develop and launch your own customized, sustainable Safe Routes to School program.

Jump Start Program

A teacher from Astor Elementary sums it up well by saying

Our students benefited with an increased knowledge of the ‘rules of the road’ when it comes to bike safety. I believe this ultimately benefits the community. Many parents saw this as a wonderful week of learning important skills.

The Street Trust will train your teachers on bike and pedestrian education at the beginning of the school year. We will also provide a fleet of bikes (36), helmets, tools, a trailer, and support for the school year. We will help the district set up a bike fleet moving schedule to promote efficient and effective use of the fleet. After the school year, we will evaluate the program with the district; we may be able to help the district apply for funding for a bike fleet.

More information including how to apply can be found here.

Bicycle Education Training for Teachers

This training focuses on the concepts of The Street Trust’s award-winning Safe Routes for Kids curriculum for educators. The curriculum consists of 10 lessons detailing the basics of bicycle safety – utilizing in-class and on-bike lessons – including on-street practice. We recommend that training be followed by field observation. This training can be offered as a CEU or as a graduate-level class upon request (See Bike Education Instruction).

Pedestrian Education Training for Teachers

This training focuses on the concepts of The Street Trust’s Pedestrian Safety curriculum for educators. The fee covers all communication, scheduling, administrative costs, and a 12’ x 14’ simulated road. We recommend that training be followed by field observation (See Pedestrian Education Instruction).

Bicycle Education Instruction

The community ride was the best field trip ever.

I’ve done swimming and soccer drills, but I like bike drills the best!

A Street Trust instructor will teach the 10-lesson Safe Routes for Kids curriculum to one class of students. The program may be taught in one-hour lessons over the course of 10 consecutive school days or two-hour lessons over the course of 5 consecutive days. The program includes in-class and on-the-bike instruction, a fleet of bikes and helmets, parent release forms, pre- and post-tests to evaluate progress, and a graduation ride.

The Jump Start Program

For an entire school year, The Street Trust assists in program development and provides access to the Jump Start equipment to one school district in Oregon. At year’s end, all partners evaluate the program and, if it is successful, find funding to purchase a fleet of bikes and a trailer for the community to continue the program in subsequent years. The Jump Start program includes an 8-hour training for teachers and community members on The Street Trust’s Safe Routes for Kids curriculum as well as materials for the community to keep and use for one school year. This includes 36 bikes of all sizes, 100 helmets, tools, and a 20-foot trailer.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation, this program is provided free of charge.