For Every Kid
Latest news: TAKE ACTION: Tell Metro to fund Safe Routes to School and Join us Thursday, May 19th to Save Safe Routes to School! Thursday JPACT will vote on whether or not to fund Safe Routes to School. An amendment that passed last month (thanks to you!) funds SRTS at 3.5M but that amendment is in danger on Thursday.
When it is safe, convenient, and fun to walk, bike and access transit to neighborhood schools, our children are healthier, our streets are safer for everyone, and our communities thrive. Every kid in Oregon deserves a chance at a healthy future. #ForEveryKid
- Volunteer with the campaign!
- Take the Your Voice Counts Pledge and come to the Rally on January 28th at Benson High School.
- Do you have a story to share about how you love your safe route to school, or how you are terrified by your unsafe route to school? We invite you to share your story and read about why families, friends, and neighbors support safe routes to school.
- We invite organizations to join the Safe Routes to School- For Every Kid Coalition. Email Advocate LeeAnne Fergason here for more information.
For Every Kid fact sheets:
- For Every Kid Campaign One-Page
- Options for Investing in Safe Routes to School
- Safe Routes to School is a proven solution to combat climate change!
- Safe Routes to School helps reach regional goals!
- Recommended Approaches for Regional Safe Routes to School
- Safe Routes to School Policy Discussion Draft
A Dangerous Trend for Oregon’s Kids
Our kids are getting less exercise than any previous generation. One in three kids in the U.S. is overweight or obese, conditions that lead to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension—and eventually early death. Something as simple as walking to school every day isn’t an option for many families in the Portland metro-area. Too many communities lack safe sidewalks, bikeways, and crosswalks. Kids who most need opportunities for physical activity often don’t have safe routes to walk or bike to school, which could give them 66% percent of their recommend daily exercise.
Healthier Kids, Safer Communities
Kids who can safely walk and bike to their neighborhood school get regular physical activity and perform better in school. To ensure that’s an option for all families, Safe Routes to School programs:
- Make streets and crossings within the mile-radius of schools safer.
- Empower communities to take charge of their own health and safety with bike and pedestrian safety education.
- Create communities of families walking and biking together through fun, school-based events.
Safe Routes to School Works
Some metro-area schools have received funding since 2006 for a robust Safe Routes to School program. Schools with well-supported programs have seen walking and biking to school quadruple in one year. We can and should do more to ensure every kid has a chance at a healthy future. More than 60,000 kids in the Portland metro-area could be walking and biking to school after just one year of a robust regional Safe Routes to School program.
Every School District in the Metro Region
When it is safe, convenient, and fun to walk to neighborhood schools, our children are healthier, our streets are safer for everyone, and our communities thrive. Safe Routes to School programs could bring the following to every community in the metro-area:
- Healthy kids ready to learn
- Safe neighborhood streets for all residents
- Kids equipped with crucial bike and pedestrian safety education
- Thriving neighborhoods that foster community
- Opportunities for physical activity for kids who need it most
This year, Metro Council will decide on critical funding that could give every kid a chance at a healthier future. Join us in working to get Safe Routes to School programs at every school district in the Portland metro-area to reach 150,000 kids.
For Every Kid is a growing coalition of the following organizations: Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO); Safe Routes to School National Partnership; American Heart Association; OregonWalks; OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon (OPAL); Coalition For A Livable Future; Community Cycling Center, the Community Alliance of Tenants, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), and many more.
For Every Kid press:
- Walking to school brings good health (March 2015)
- Tigard calls on Metro to Support SRTS (March 2015)
- OPB covers the For Every Kid campaign! (March 2015)
- Milwaukie and Tigard support Safe Routes to School! (March 2015)
- Walking and Biking Sought For Every Kid (May 2015)
- For Every Kid at Sunday Parkways (July 2015)
- For Every Kid: A Campaign to Fund Safe Routes to School (September 2015)
- Neighborhood group to cities: We want sidewalks (November 2015)
- Group pushes for sidewalks, bike lanes in east county to keep kids safe (November 2015)
- Safe routes to school coalition takes message to east county (November 2015)
- Community pushes for safer routes to school at Gresham multicultural forum (November 2015)
- 5,000 Families Join the Call for Safe Routes to School! (January 2016)
- Listen to Charlie FM Podcast (January 2016)
- Check out these PSA’s recorded by kids supporting For Every Kid for the Tualatin Valley Community TV station.(January 2016) https://youtu.be/bmDnQY_KbCU; https://youtu.be/bxgVWJj3jGQ; https://youtu.be/n2x0CHnnJ-Y
- KATU: Local Families March for Safe Routes to School (February 2016)
- KPTV: Group Wants 15M for Safe Routes to School (February 2016)
- Bike Portland: Coalition Pushes for 15M (February 2016)
- Portland Tribune: Demand for Metro Area Sidewalks (February 2016)
- Interviews with Metro Councilors about For Every Kid (March 2016)