OCWCOG has spearheaded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects in several communities in the Linn, Benton, and Lincoln County Region since 2013. SRTS is a national movement promoting bike and pedestrian safety, access, and education for elementary and middle school students. SRTS Action Plans that OCWCOG has helped develop include:
- Newport Intermediate School, Newport, 2014
- Sweet Home Junior High, Sweet Home, 2015
- Oceanlake Elementary, Lincoln City, 2015
- Sweet Home School District / Oak Heights Elementary, Sweet Home, 2015
- Jefferson Elementary, Jefferson, 2018 (Albany Area Metropolitan Planning Organization)
OCWCOG has received grant funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to support SRTS projects in Albany, Harrisburg, Jefferson, Lebanon, and Sweet Home through October 2019. The projects are being developed in collaboration with the participating schools and communities; please contact us to get involved! Examples include mapping of bike and pedestrian routes, Walk and Bike to School Day group activities, “Bike Rodeos” featuring safety education and helmet fitting, and more.
Statewide Infrastructure Funding Opportunity
As part of House Bill 2017 (HB2017), Oregon’s landmark transportation funding package passed by the Legislature in 2017, dedicated funding will be available via competitive grants for SRTS infrastructure projects. The purpose of the funding is to build projects within the public right-of-way that promote bicycle and/or pedestrian safety in a one-mile radius of schools. Examples include, but are not limited to, curb extensions and pedestrian crossings. Eligible applicants include cities, counties, tribes, ODOT, and road authorities; Letters of Support from schools will be required.
Applications for the first round of funding are due Monday, October 15, 2018. ODOT is offering technical assistance workshops around the State for prospective applicants this summer. OCWCOG is also offering technical assistance to support jurisdictions and schools in the Linn, Benton, and Lincoln County Region. Please click HERE for more details.