Each morning members of LiveMove arrive in Springfield at 11th Avenue and the “shared use path” to walk with students of Elizabeth Page Elementary to school. In partnership with Safe Routes To School, LiveMove is volunteering with the Walking School Bus program, and has accumulated over 30 hours of early-morning time since January. Most days there is only one pick-up location, however on Fridays we add a second stop at 5th Avenue and the shared use path.
To participate in the Walking School Bus, students arrive at the “bus stop” and wait with the leaders before beginning their short journey to the front steps of the school. Along the way, students are able to harness their pre-school energy into positive interactions with classmates and Walking School Bus leaders, chatting about ALL their favorite things, while at the same time learning how to be safe when walking to school. Studies have even shown that physical activity improves cognitive functions, which increases a child’s ability to concentrate, memorize facts, and problem solve.
As members of LiveMove, we feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with our community, interact with funny and excited kids, and encourage healthy, sustainable modes of transportation. According to Safe Routes to School National Partnership, only 13% of students walked to school in 2009. This is down significantly from the 1970’s when 50% of students walked to school. Also in 2009, parents drove over 30 billion miles carting their children back and forth to school. The Walking School Bus has taken the initiative to help change these numbers by providing parents with a safer, healthier, and smarter choice when deciding how their children will get to school.
The Walking School Bus is just one of many programs that our friends at Eugene and Springfield Safe Routes to School offer for parents and students to take control of their transportation activity and learn new ways to getting around.
If you would like to learn more about Safe Routes to School or the Walking School Bus please visit their website: http://www.eugenesrts.org/ or visit the LiveMove projects page at: http://livemove.org/projects/community-outreach/
 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2010 July) The Association between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance. Retrieved from www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth
 Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Quick Facts. Retrieved from: http://saferoutespartnership.org/resourcecenter/quick-facts
LiveMove has been working hard for almost three years on this project. Come celebrate and support what will be one of the first visual bicycle counters on a college campus in the US and second visual bike counter in Oregon. See you Wednesday!
LiveMove has been working hard all summer to plan a Park(ing) Day event on campus. Our event just so happened to work out perfectly to coincide with ASUO’s Street Faire, so grab some food and come hang out with us this Friday! We will be prepared for rain with tents (thanks Campus Operations!) or shine, have places to park your bike (Possible extra racks and bike valet to help with the bike parking taken away by the Street Faire) and activities to envision what the intersection of University and 15th could be. All the details below and in attached flier.
When: Friday October 17th from 11am-3pm
University St. outside of the EMU
What: Repurposing two parking spaces into a space where you can enjoy snacks from sponsors and delivered by bike, relax in a unique space with your friends and envision a different way to utilize streets.
Why: Because tactical urbanism is all the rage. Did we mention we will have snacks from local businesses being delivered to us by Cascadian Courier Collective! Oh and some blankets and perhaps hot beverages if it’s cold.
We hope you’ve had a great summer. The three officers have been busy this summer meeting with our partners, continuing on our ongoing projects, attending transportation conferences (a benefit of being involved with LiveMove!) and getting ready for the year.
Before we get into our weekly meetings, we want to take advantage of the hopefully still nice weather and have a couple bicycle orientation rides. The rides are an opportunity to:
- Get introduced to Eugene via bicycle if you’re new to town or just to get some fresh air if you know Eugene by bike already
- Get tips and ask questions of seasoned pros about bike commuting
- Learn informally about LiveMove
The rides will be Monday September 29th and Wednesday October 1st from 5-6pm-ish. We will meet at the corner of 13th and University St on campus and take off from there. If you need a bike, check out our partner at the UO Bike Program.
Fall meetings will start October 6th and will be every Monday from 5-6PM in the EMU Rogue River Room.
If you have any questions, see the contact tab.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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September as LiveMove gears up for another great year, and in the meantime, get out and enjoy the wonderful summer weather by foot, bike, bus, or train!
LiveMove hit the national stage this past week as Allison Camp, LiveMove alum and current Transportation Options Coordinator at Lane Transit District presented our collaborative efforts with LTD on advancing active and public transportation projects in the Eugene-Springfield Community. The presentation was very well received and included a number of comments such as “we need a group like that in our town!” Congrats Allie, and congrats LiveMove, on a job well done! See the
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