May is upon us so with schools closed, we cannot offer the Walk+Roll May Challenge as usual. In its place, we would like to offer some guidance to families who may be using this time to walk and roll in their neighborhoods and need information on doing so safely. We are also asking Oregon students to participate in an art contest to get them thinking about what walking and rolling safely means to them.
We strongly encourage community members to follow Governor Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order and stay at their homes as often as possible, unless they are engaged in “essential activities.”
The order currently allows for certain outdoor activities, including walking, jogging, or biking in your neighborhood, as long as six-feet of physical distancing* from anyone who is not a member of your immediate household can be maintained.
Before community members engage in these outdoor activities with their children, now is a great time to review with them the following walking and biking safety tips.
Pedestrian Safety Video (Source: Oregon Safe Routes to School)
Steps to Safety with ASIMO (Source: The National Safety Council)
Visualizing 6 Feet for Social Distancing (Souce: CNN)
Teaching your child to ride a bicycle
Video: Learn How to Ride a Bicycle in 5 Minutes (Source: ElectricBikeReview.com)
Blog: How to Teach a Child to Ride a Bike (Source: REI)
Safety tips and skills
Helping Your Child be a Safe Bicyclist (Source: The National Center for Safe Routes to School)
Ayudando a su hijo a ser un ciclista seguro (Source: The National Center for Safe Routes to School)
Videos (Source: Oregon Safe Routes to School)
Helmet Fitting 101 (Source: Oregon Safe Routes to School)
Easy Steps for a Perfectly Fitted Helmet (Source: The Oregon Department of Transportation)
Un casco de calce perfecto (Source: The Oregon Department of Transportation)
ABC Quick Check (Source: Oregon Safe Routes to School)
Further Walking and Rolling Resources
Walk+Roll Lesson Plans and Activities e-Toolkit (Source: Oregon Safe Routes to School)
Walk+Roll Distance Learning Resources By Grade (Source: Eugene Springfield Safe Routes to School)
*This six foot distance is based on current guidance as of March 30. Be sure to follow the most current guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on keeping yourself, your family, and your community safe from coronavirus.
Thanks for helping encourage healthy habits in our school community! We couldn’t do it without you.
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