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In this issue: February Walk+Bike Theme, TGM Assistance Program, Public Input Needed, Partnerships = Success, Team Meeting Success How-To
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                                                                                                            February 2016      

 Walk and Bike- It's Good For Your Heart!

 
It’s good for your heart, your whole body and it’s fun!! Walk and Bike with friends and family, on roads with low traffic or sidewalks, dress to see and be seen, cross at intersections/ corners.

                                        
                   Beaverton's Oak Hills Elementary Bike Fairy loves walkers and bikers!

The Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Program 

......helps you identify your options to improve your community's system

TGM Grants help local communities plan for streets and land use in a way that leads to more livable, economically vital, and sustainable communities that increases opportunities for transit, walking and bicycling.

The 2016 TGM Pre-application is due March 11, 2016.

Pre-applicants receive direct assistance from TGM staff to develop a TGM grant application or secure other TGM services. In addition to describing the grant program, the Pre-Application packet describes the other TGM services offered: Quick Response, Education and Outreach, Code Assistance and TSP Assessment.
 
The Quick Response program has added school access and circulation safety to  it's program. School districts, or school districts and local jurisdictions should apply together, which would be preferred if there is the potential for effects on local streets. See their website and application for more details. “School siting is another issue that can be addressed through Quick Response, especially when a school district is evaluating the relative merits of renovating an existing centrally located school versus constructing a new facility on a more distant site.”
 
                             
 

Public Involvement Needed on Two Statewide Plans


1. The Transportation Safety Action Plan (TSAP) lays out a set of actions that Oregonians have identified as steps to a safer travel environment.
The public is invited to review and provide input for the work done to date - including draft vision, goals and ‘emphasis areas,’ on the draft Transportation Safety Action Plan through an online open house, open until Feb 9.

"Oregon envisions no deaths or life-changing injuries on our transportation system by 2035."  Policy Advisory Committee Draft Vision

The plan, known as the TSAP, provides long and short-term policy for making decisions that address the core transportation safety challenges and opportunities facing Oregon. 

 
2. The Oregon Department of Transportation has released the Draft Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and Executive Summary for public review. The Online Open House is open until Feb 18. Make sure your needs are known!

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan creates a policy foundation for the state, supporting decision-making for walking and biking investments, strategies, and programs. The plan envisions a well-connected and safe walking and biking system that meets the diverse needs of its users and the state.

Partnerships Are Needed for Success


Oregon’s SRTS program funded eleven community projects in 2015. All projects, including statewide programs relied on, and continue to rely heavily on partnerships. Here are a few examples:
 
Commute Options- Central Oregon

Bend’s SRTS program has made huge inroads by working with the Bend-LaPine SD’s Pupil Transportation department.  Administered through Commute Options, the program now leverages funding from the City of Bend and the Bend MPO to increase walking and biking to schools and throughout the city. Their partnership includes Central Oregon Community College and the Environmental Center to expand teaching throughout the city, all year long.  

                 
Boxes of helmets courtesy of Ten Barrel Brewing; skateboard racks made locally so people choosing active transportation have safe convenient “parking” options.
 
Corvallis
 
The strength of Corvallis’ program comes from ongoing support at the state level, school district administration and school site staff, city departments and staff, Oregon State University, and most importantly, community organizations like the Corvallis Bicycle Collective, volunteers and annual events like the Spring Roll.
 
                            
T-shirts recognize the 400+ students who receive
bicycle and pedestrian education
  
Klamath Falls City and County

Klamath County’s successful SRTS program has flourished because of the partnerships with Healthy Klamath, OSU Extension, the Chamber of Commerce, Hutch’s Bike Shop and Commute Options. The community is Oregon’s first Blue Zone Community where all sectors of the community work together to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
 
                     
      Klamath Falls residents are considering improvements to make active transportation the easy choice.
 
Lincoln, Linn, Benton County

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG) works with the faith community, business community, public health, public safety, and other partners such as Safe Kids Oregon in Sweet Home, Newport, and Lincoln City. School administrators have been pleased that infrastructure concerns are being shared with road authorities and that safety materials are being share with students, parents and all community members.

Successful Meetings for Community-Wide Benefit


Sharing concerns, interests and knowledge among a variety of community members with diverse expertise and views can enable groups to tackle many different issues effectively.

Organizations, groups, teams have meetings to make plans, get help and share resources. People typically do not join an organization just to attend meetings, they want to get involved in the planning, activities and programs of the group. Make it worth their while to participate. Hold meetings that are focused, entertaining and productive to maximize participation and the group's effectiveness.

                                       Possible SRTS Team Members

When you run meetings well, everyone benefits. Here are six tips to help make meetings meaningful:

Run your meetings as you would have others run the meetings that you attend.
Running an effective meeting--or being a good meeting participant--is all about being considerate of others. 

Be prepared and ensure that all the participants can be as well.
Distribute the meeting agenda a day before the meeting and make sure everyone has access to any relevant background materials, including the purpose of the meeting.
 
Stick to a schedule.
Start the meeting on time and end it on time (or even early). Starting and ending on time requires discipline by the organizer and the participants. Keeping the agenda realistic can help. 

Stay on topic.
Agendas help here as well. All meeting participants have the responsibility of gently guiding the meeting back to the substantive agenda items.
 
Group Involvement.
Stay focused on actions and decisions to ensure things are accomplished. Prevent one or two outspoken individuals from dominating discussions by calling on a variety of people. Encourage new volunteers to share ideas.

Wrap up meetings with a clear statement of the next steps and who is to take them. Follow-up with meeting notes to highlight any tasks to be done or decisions made.

Oregon Safe Routes to School Program: We're Here to Help!


A successful Safe Routes to School Program is a partnership between city and county agencies, schools, community organizations, neighborhoods and schools that work together to create opportunities to make walking and biking to school and throughout the community fun, easy, safe and healthy for all students and their families.
Schools and communities have the best chance of success when they combine expertise, resources and program elements that consider the "5 E's of Safe Routes to School":  EncouragementEducationEnforcementEngineering and Evaluation.
 
Oregon’s SRTS newsletter tells stories to connect people, schools, communities and resources. Please also check out our website: www.oregonsaferoutes.org

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