School closures have had a huge impact on our Bike Safety Education (BSE) program. Spring is our busiest BSE season and we were scheduled to bring the program to 985 kids at 8 schools with the support of the Portland Bureau of Transportation and volunteers. All community ride volunteer shifts at Faubion, Bridger, and Lent have been cancelled. We will be sharing more information about our remaining community ride volunteer shifts as we learn more about future school closures.
The Street Trust is the statewide hub for The Walk+Roll May Challenge, a friendly, month-long event aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk, bike and roll to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods. This challenge is also likely to be disrupted. We are working with partners around the state to provide information to Safe Routes to School coordinators and active parents to develop alternatives to school-centered encouragement. We are also working on a statewide poster contest for kids.
The disruption of these programs is a particular concern for kids from low-income households and in communities where streets are not safe for walking and biking, let alone playing. We are looking at opportunities to reach these kids through food distribution channels. We will also double down on our commitment to secure investments in neighborhoods with incomplete streets.
We love seeing many parents and kids out on walks and bike rides in neighborhoods where it is safe to do so. If you want to take your walk or bike ride up a notch, you can access our pedestrian and bike safety curriculums here. Questions or ideas? Contact Jordan Bailey, Education Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.