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Coalition wins $3.5 Million for Safe Routes to School!

PORTLAND, OR – On Thursday, May 19th, the For Every Kid Coalition, representing 89 coalition partners, 9 school districts, 5 cities, and thousands of parents, youth, and residents of all ages- spanning all three counties of our region- won an unprecedented investment in Safe Routes to School: $3.5 million.

The For Every Kid Coalition showed up in force at the Metro Council’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) meeting to continue to demand dedicated funding for safe routes to school programming and street safety projects. At this meeting, For Every Kid Coalition members and supporters surrounded the regional decision-makers with yellow “Invest in Safe Routes” signs as they voted on the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) & Regional Flexible Fund Allocation (RFFA), one of the only sources of funding in the region that significantly invests in making streets safe for people who walk and bike.

The final vote dedicated $3.5 million for Safe Routes to School, including $1.5 million for a regional Safe Routes to School program and $2 million for street improvements near Title 1 (or low-income) schools and trails. After a two-year campaign, the For Every Kid Coalition is thrilled to see this win!

Austin Hecker, a 10 year old from John Wetten Elementary in Gladstone, spoke about his route to school to JPACT prior to their deliberation and vote. “People who are driving are in a rush to get to work and us kids are small and hard to see. I want to be safe and I want my friends to be safe too. Please dedicate funding for safe streets for kids. ” Metro Councilor Sam Chase spoke up in support of dedicating money to Safe Routes to School in this funding package. “By investing in active transportation, we’re creating an economic strategy. By cutting funding for active transportation we’re fighting against our own economic and freight strategy. We need to protect and keep active transportation funding for the future of our region.”

After an hour and a half of deliberation JPACT voted in favor of the proposal that increases investments that provide safety for people walking, bicycling, and accessing transit, especially near schools. Regional leaders passed a funding package that invests: $1.5 million for Safe Routes to School education/encouragement programs, $2 million to make streets safe around Title 1 schools and plan regional trails, and $25.76 million for safe walking and biking street safety projects.

The For Every Kid Coalition is also happy to see that this policy seeks to take every opportunity to de-federalize the funding for Safe Routes to School projects, thus helping dollars go twice as far, and favors projects that create safe access to schools. This dedication to Safe Routes to School is unprecedented on the regional level. It is an important investment in making safe streets for kids and will significantly contribute to healthier, more active communities!

 

For More Information, contact:  Sarah Newsum at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance:  (971) 302-8012, sarahn@btaoregon.org

2014 Place Matters Conference

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The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division invites you! Join others working to create conditions and environments for tobacco free living, healthy eating and active living.

 

Date: Wednesday, November 19 – Friday, November 21, 2014
Location: Hilton Portland, 921 SW Sixth Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Registration Fee*: $50; $25 students and seniors (limited scholarships are available)

Register now! See more at: http://beattygroup.cvent.com/d/v4qfmp

 

Check out these exciting conference features:

  • 30+ speakers and 20+ topics to motivate, inspire and challenge you;
  • Innovative partnerships creating healthy environments and communities;
  • Wednesday morning pre-conference session (Oregon Self-Management Forum: Riding the Wave of Health System Transformation);
  • Yoga or Nia opportunities to start your day off right; and
  • Speakers and participants from community and state organizations.

*Oregon Health Authority and State of Oregon employees are invited to attend with no $50 registration fee.

Questions? Please contact Patricia at patricia.schoonmaker@state.or.us.

Regional Nature, Play and Education Symposium

Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 8:00pm 
Location: Oregon Zoo, Cascade Crest Banquet Center 
 
Kids, play, and the great outdoors, what could be better? These elements come together in a big way at the Regional Nature Play and Education Symposium, sponsored by Metro. 
 
Professionals, parents, educators and members of the public are invited to learn and discuss elements of nature-based play with expert panelists in the morning. Stay for the afternoon to hear from inspirational speakers, including keynote speaker David Bond, founder of the play-based British documentary film, “Project Wild Thing.” 
 
Recesses will take place through the day led by local nonprofit Playworks and an option to tour the new natural play area at the Portland Children’s Musuem will be available during lunch. 
 
Registration by Sept. 1 includes breakfast, brown-bag lunch, refreshments (and recess!) for $15. If you register after Sept. 1, the price is still $15, but breakfast and lunch will not be provided. 
 
Register now!

Alliance 4 Kids 2014 Fall Conference

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Save the Date! Alliance 4 Kids 2014 Fall Conference
 
Addressing the Symptoms of Chronic Absenteeism:
Creating Healthy Learners
 
When:
Thursday November 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM PST

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Where:
Double Tree Lloyd Center

1000 NE Multnomah St.

Portland, OR 97232