Bunny Hopping the Roadblocks to Success:           Bicycling and Safe Routes to School     Dave Cowan, Program Manager, Sa...
Safe Routes to School National PartnershipFounded in 2005500 organizations, agencies andschoolsChanges policies at nationa...
Dave Cowan         Program Manager Technical Assistance – CPPW, CTG,TARC (California), local, regional andstate SRTS prog...
Shane MacRhodesProgram ManagerEugene School District 4J
Robert Ping            Technical Assistance Director Technical Assistance – CPPW, CTG, TARC (California), NationalLearnin...
Today’s Agenda:•   Introduction•   The Bicycle Stigma•   Bicycling in Lower-Income Communities•   Bike Fleets•   Bike Trai...
Identify the Roadblocks to Success
SFGate
SFGate
SFGate
National Policy Advocacy   State Network ProjectRegional Network Project    Technical Assistance
Cycling is Viewed as a Rich White Man’s Sport   • Bike advocacy has not been inclusive   • Emphasis has been on elite ridi...
Trips for Kids - Denver     Equipment        • Purchase and Maintenance Costs        • Storage and Parking
Bicycling in Lower-Income Communities
   In 38% of schools, at least half of students are lower-income   42% of US children live in lower-income families   L...
 Perception: SRTS is only benefiting middle or higher-income schools and communities Lack of attention on SRTS best prac...
It Takes Time to Build Trust and Credibility    • Make sure that the community is represented    • Don’t expect change in ...
It’s OK to Talk About Race, Class and Culture!   • Cultural competence – bring a partner who is, if you are not   • Don’t ...
Professional ExpertiseThe Challenge Lack of planners and engineers needed to       apply for and implement SRTS.Promising...
Parental InvolvementThe Challenge51% of lower-income parents jobs prevent involvement in school activities Language barr...
Personal Safety: Crime and ViolenceThe Challenge Many children walk and bike to school despitehigh rates of crime and vio...
Local Program Recommendations Have expertise in SRTS or developingtravel plans? – offer help to an underservedschool Adv...
Traffic Safety Education                           Salem, Oregon Bicycle Club
Access to Bicycles and Equipment
Repair and Maintenance
Traffic Safety Education
Traffic Safety Education
Infrastructure Improvements
National/State Policy Recommendations Create simple evaluation tools to measuresafety improvements—not just mode shift S...
Safe Routes to SchoolState Network Project:2007-2011Funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Local Policy Recommendations Involve underserved community leaders/championsin planning – committees, task forces, school...
Resource: Low-Income Communities      Guide and 2 webinars available at  saferoutespartnership.org/lowincomeguide
Resource:Local Policy Guide
Evaluation             Evaluation
Funding, Organizing and Maintaining Bicycle                  Fleets
Bicycle Fleets
Funding Bicycle Fleets•   Safe Routes for Non-Drivers, TE•   Foundations (obesity, active lifestyles, environment)•   Dona...
Maintenance
Finding and Choosing Bikes
Finding and Choosing Bikes
Maintenance• Types of bikes• Local Bike Shops• Volunteer events• Build a Bike Program Trainees
Organizing Fleets
Success Story
Bicycle Safety Education in the Classroom
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Funding from CPPW City partnered withPhiladelphia BicycleCoalition  All 174 elementaryschools w...
Organizing Successful Bike Trains
What is a bike train?Similarities and differences to a walking school bus
Map ItPick a meeting spot(s) and the choose the route(s)
Schedule ItPick a start date, recurring day(s) and time(s)
Spread the wordMeetings, newsletters, online, flyers
Create the structureSet guidelines, assign conductors & cabooses,
Other Considerations• Safety• Weather• Resources
Have fun!
Bicycle Parking, Storage and Security
Why is Adequate Bike Parking Important?• Safe Routes is building more bicyclists• Kids won’t ride without a safe and  obvi...
Strategies for Improving Bicycle Parking• Talking with power people• Building support• Funding for bicycle racks• Siting f...
Talk with your Power People• Present at PTA meeting• Talk with school staff and parents• Meet with school principal• Check...
Bad Bike Racks
Bad Bike Racks?Common Issues:• Located out of normal sight• No entryway access• Near obstacles (bushes, walls, etc..)• On ...
Bad Bike Racks?
Bad Bike Racks?
Bad Bike Racks?
Bad Bike Racks?
Bad Bike Racks?
Bad Bike Racks?
Bad Bike Racks?
Bad Bike Racks?
Choosing the Right Type of Racks• Support frame at two points, allow one of the frame’s  triangles and front wheel to be l...
Siting Racks – Positive Example:•   High visibility area•   Near entrances•   Out of the way of foot traffic•   Away from ...
Beach Elementary, Portland, OR• 2007-08 had no bicycling policy• Joined Safe Routes in 2008-09• School had nowhere to park...
Beach Elementary, Portland, OR• PTA requested racks from City• Concord Neighborhood Greenway• Bike train
Beach Elementary, Portland, OR• 20 staple racks installed• Bicycles use all capacity
Covered Bicycle Racks                        Belleview Elementary                        Ashland, OR                      ...
Rack Maintenance and EducationEducate with:• Signage near racks• Staff/parents teaching at racks• Part of education class•...
Security
U-Locks
Security in Low Income or High Crime Areas• Bicycle cages• Indoor parking• Community cable lock• Ensure high visibility ra...
Building Relationship in the Community
 Shops, Clubs, Groups and Teams are the Experts! SRTS advocates often don’t have bicycle expertise Bicycling often stal...
Bicyclists > SRTS•   Cross promotion•   Staff/member Volunteers•   Bike and helmet donations, or dealer    cost (fleet?)• ...
SRTS > Bicyclists•   Shop, Club, Team, Group PR - Logo Placement, “Sponsored by”•   Shop is ride destination•   Shop is Bi...
School Staff Bicyclists                 Lewis Elementary Teachers, Portland Oregon                             Bike Commut...
Bicycling in the      CommunityKidical Mass, Ciclovia’s, Parades, and more
Kidical Mass
Kidical Mass                      classic (ice cream!)                     Pirate/Treasure Hunt                         Pa...
Community Events
Have Fun!
Supportive Bicycling Policies
The Myth ofSisyphus(sis-e-fuss)
What is a Policy?A policy is:• a statement in writing• binding• setting out a general  approach to be applied  broadly
Policy reaches more people.     Policy institutionalizes good ideas.Policy allows for accountability, enforcement       an...
Bicycling Policies•   Supportive Bicycling Policies•   Bike Parking Policies•   Arrival/Dismissal Policies•   Traffic Safe...
Thank you!
Questions, Comments?Shane MacRhodes, SRTS Program Manager, 4j School District                 rhodes_sh@4j.lane.edu  Rober...
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan
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  1. 1. Bunny Hopping the Roadblocks to Success: Bicycling and Safe Routes to School Dave Cowan, Program Manager, Safe Routes to School National PartnershipRobert Ping, Technical Assistance Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership Shane MacRhodes, SRTS Program Manager, 4j School District
  2. 2. Safe Routes to School National PartnershipFounded in 2005500 organizations, agencies andschoolsChanges policies at national,state and local levelsProvides best practices,technical assistance, and buildsleadershipwww.saferoutespartnership.org
  3. 3. Dave Cowan Program Manager Technical Assistance – CPPW, CTG,TARC (California), local, regional andstate SRTS programsAuthored Local Policy Guide, Bicycleand Pedestrian Curricula Guide, CPPWand SRTS.Education Director Bicycle Colorado  League Certified Instructor - LAB  Educated 30,000+ studentsNational SRTS Course Certified Trainer
  4. 4. Shane MacRhodesProgram ManagerEugene School District 4J
  5. 5. Robert Ping Technical Assistance Director Technical Assistance – CPPW, CTG, TARC (California), NationalLearning Network, Fee for Service State Network Project - Policy Change in 20 States Congressional SRTS Task Force Portland SRTS Program Manager Oregon SRTS Technical Assistance Bicycle Safety Education - Oregon and CA Bay Area SF Bay Area: Policy, Bicycle Advocacy, Earn-a-Bike, YouthMentoring, Youth Education, Environmental Advocacy Various committees: School Siting, Diversity, Childhood Obesity,National Physical Plan, Bicycle Education Network, Portland SRTS
  6. 6. Today’s Agenda:• Introduction• The Bicycle Stigma• Bicycling in Lower-Income Communities• Bike Fleets• Bike Trains• Bicycle Safety Curricula• Bike Parking, Storage and Security• Building Relationships in the Community• Tapping into Bicycle Expertise• Building Bicycling in the Community• School Policies that Support Bicycling to School• Questions and (hopefully) Answers
  7. 7. Identify the Roadblocks to Success
  8. 8. SFGate
  9. 9. SFGate
  10. 10. SFGate
  11. 11. National Policy Advocacy State Network ProjectRegional Network Project Technical Assistance
  12. 12. Cycling is Viewed as a Rich White Man’s Sport • Bike advocacy has not been inclusive • Emphasis has been on elite riding • That can change! SRTS may be doing just that…
  13. 13. Trips for Kids - Denver Equipment • Purchase and Maintenance Costs • Storage and Parking
  14. 14. Bicycling in Lower-Income Communities
  15. 15.  In 38% of schools, at least half of students are lower-income 42% of US children live in lower-income families Lower-income children twice as likely to walk to school Higher risk of being injured or killed as pedestrians—often due to neighborhood barriers
  16. 16.  Perception: SRTS is only benefiting middle or higher-income schools and communities Lack of attention on SRTS best practices/examples in lower-income communities Not many technical assistance resources focused on unique challenges
  17. 17. It Takes Time to Build Trust and Credibility • Make sure that the community is represented • Don’t expect change in attitude right away
  18. 18. It’s OK to Talk About Race, Class and Culture! • Cultural competence – bring a partner who is, if you are not • Don’t expect resolution, just listen, consider and plan
  19. 19. Professional ExpertiseThe Challenge Lack of planners and engineers needed to apply for and implement SRTS.Promising Practices Wilmington, DE Area MPO - EnvironmentalJustice Initiative drives their transportation work.EX: Southbridge neighborhood circulationstudy, convening partners, and applying for SRTS funds. Feet First, Seattle, WA - bilingual AmeriCorps volunteer at ConcordInternational Elementary is community SRTS organizer: recruiting volunteers engaging partners developing walking school bus gets the program going prepares school and parents to sustain the program
  20. 20. Parental InvolvementThe Challenge51% of lower-income parents jobs prevent involvement in school activities Language barriers and immigration statusPromising Practices Nichols Elementary School, Detroit, MI - parents get monthly stipendsto lead walking school buses. When funding randry, junior high students stepped up to walk younger children TransForm, Alameda County, CA - combining SRTS withparent leadership development and advocacy training.EX: Global Family School, Oakland: parents learn how to leadwalking school buses, how to participate in neighborhoodcrime prevention meetings, how to engage neighborsin improving safety for kids.
  21. 21. Personal Safety: Crime and ViolenceThe Challenge Many children walk and bike to school despitehigh rates of crime and violence Children are 5 times more likely to walk and biketo school when safety is not a primary concernPromising Practices Dawes School - Chicago Area Policing Program: parent patrols andwalking school bus leaders use walkie-talkies to report crime and call forhelp, and safe havens with local businesses Thomas Elementary, Flagstaff, AZ: police substation near WSB park,local businesses stopped selling “40s”, and walking school bus Zavala Elementary, Austin, TX: corner captains andwalking school buses get more eyes on the street andget more children to walk in groups
  22. 22. Local Program Recommendations Have expertise in SRTS or developingtravel plans? – offer help to an underservedschool Advocates: see if DOT will fund you to lead program– and try local stipends to parents, other leaders Meet with leaders from underserved communities,communities of color, immigrants Make sure that communities are represented oncommittees, task forces, school team Partner with: community groups, churches, clubs,agencies, neighborhood businesses
  23. 23. Traffic Safety Education Salem, Oregon Bicycle Club
  24. 24. Access to Bicycles and Equipment
  25. 25. Repair and Maintenance
  26. 26. Traffic Safety Education
  27. 27. Traffic Safety Education
  28. 28. Infrastructure Improvements
  29. 29. National/State Policy Recommendations Create simple evaluation tools to measuresafety improvements—not just mode shift State SRTS programs should:  Track economic and geographic distribution of applications and awards  Provide extra help to underserved communities and schools during application and implementation State advisory committees should includeunderserved communities, communities of color
  30. 30. Safe Routes to SchoolState Network Project:2007-2011Funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  31. 31. Local Policy Recommendations Involve underserved community leaders/championsin planning – committees, task forces, school teams Advocate that city/county governments buildsolutions for underserved schools and communitiesinto budgets, policies, programs Encourage school districts to pass walk/bike policiesat all schools and ensure that underserved schoolsget support and resources to apply for SRTS grants.
  32. 32. Resource: Low-Income Communities Guide and 2 webinars available at saferoutespartnership.org/lowincomeguide
  33. 33. Resource:Local Policy Guide
  34. 34. Evaluation Evaluation
  35. 35. Funding, Organizing and Maintaining Bicycle Fleets
  36. 36. Bicycle Fleets
  37. 37. Funding Bicycle Fleets• Safe Routes for Non-Drivers, TE• Foundations (obesity, active lifestyles, environment)• Donations (local corporations, businesses)• School Fundraising• Specialized Dealer Grants• Caroline White Pep Grants
  38. 38. Maintenance
  39. 39. Finding and Choosing Bikes
  40. 40. Finding and Choosing Bikes
  41. 41. Maintenance• Types of bikes• Local Bike Shops• Volunteer events• Build a Bike Program Trainees
  42. 42. Organizing Fleets
  43. 43. Success Story
  44. 44. Bicycle Safety Education in the Classroom
  45. 45. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Funding from CPPW City partnered withPhiladelphia BicycleCoalition All 174 elementaryschools will receive trafficsafety lessons
  46. 46. Organizing Successful Bike Trains
  47. 47. What is a bike train?Similarities and differences to a walking school bus
  48. 48. Map ItPick a meeting spot(s) and the choose the route(s)
  49. 49. Schedule ItPick a start date, recurring day(s) and time(s)
  50. 50. Spread the wordMeetings, newsletters, online, flyers
  51. 51. Create the structureSet guidelines, assign conductors & cabooses,
  52. 52. Other Considerations• Safety• Weather• Resources
  53. 53. Have fun!
  54. 54. Bicycle Parking, Storage and Security
  55. 55. Why is Adequate Bike Parking Important?• Safe Routes is building more bicyclists• Kids won’t ride without a safe and obvious place to park• Helps promote Safe Routes program• Quick engineering improvement to show progress• Demonstrates school support for bicycling
  56. 56. Strategies for Improving Bicycle Parking• Talking with power people• Building support• Funding for bicycle racks• Siting for racks• Choosing the right number of racks• Choosing the right type of racks• Rack installation• Rack maintenance and education• Scooters and skateboards
  57. 57. Talk with your Power People• Present at PTA meeting• Talk with school staff and parents• Meet with school principal• Check in with city or county staff• Contact state safe routes coordinator• Local advocacy organizations and neighborhood groups
  58. 58. Bad Bike Racks
  59. 59. Bad Bike Racks?Common Issues:• Located out of normal sight• No entryway access• Near obstacles (bushes, walls, etc..)• On grass or dirt• Not secured to ground• Don’t promote bicycling
  60. 60. Bad Bike Racks?
  61. 61. Bad Bike Racks?
  62. 62. Bad Bike Racks?
  63. 63. Bad Bike Racks?
  64. 64. Bad Bike Racks?
  65. 65. Bad Bike Racks?
  66. 66. Bad Bike Racks?
  67. 67. Bad Bike Racks?
  68. 68. Choosing the Right Type of Racks• Support frame at two points, allow one of the frame’s triangles and front wheel to be locked to the rack• Have space in between racks and bicycles to move freely and to prevent bicycles from touching each other.• Are securely mounted into the ground or bolted to the sidewalk or concrete slab• Are resistant to cutting, rusting, or bending.
  69. 69. Siting Racks – Positive Example:• High visibility area• Near entrances• Out of the way of foot traffic• Away from walls, bushes, or obstacles• Plenty of space around racks• On a hard surface• Racks can be in multiple locations Benjamin Franklin high school, Portland, OR
  70. 70. Beach Elementary, Portland, OR• 2007-08 had no bicycling policy• Joined Safe Routes in 2008-09• School had nowhere to park bicycles
  71. 71. Beach Elementary, Portland, OR• PTA requested racks from City• Concord Neighborhood Greenway• Bike train
  72. 72. Beach Elementary, Portland, OR• 20 staple racks installed• Bicycles use all capacity
  73. 73. Covered Bicycle Racks Belleview Elementary Ashland, OR Photo by: Derek Severson
  74. 74. Rack Maintenance and EducationEducate with:• Signage near racks• Staff/parents teaching at racks• Part of education class• Frequent reminders
  75. 75. Security
  76. 76. U-Locks
  77. 77. Security in Low Income or High Crime Areas• Bicycle cages• Indoor parking• Community cable lock• Ensure high visibility racks
  78. 78. Building Relationship in the Community
  79. 79.  Shops, Clubs, Groups and Teams are the Experts! SRTS advocates often don’t have bicycle expertise Bicycling often stalls in SRTS without your input Bicycling needs more resources than walking SFGate
  80. 80. Bicyclists > SRTS• Cross promotion• Staff/member Volunteers• Bike and helmet donations, or dealer cost (fleet?)• Century Ride/Race donation• Special Event for SRTS• Repairs and Parts• Represent Business/Club/Team at Policy/Funding Meetings• Join SRTS Committee• Sponsor Club or Team at School• Shop is Safe Haven• Build Course/Track/Skills Area
  81. 81. SRTS > Bicyclists• Shop, Club, Team, Group PR - Logo Placement, “Sponsored by”• Shop is ride destination• Shop is Bike Train/WSB Stop• SRTS connects bicyclists with school• SRTS creates ‘feeder’ members• SRTS connects bicyclists with local leaders, policymakers• SRTS ‘goodwill’ helps with advocacy and promotions• SRTS grant could mean business
  82. 82. School Staff Bicyclists Lewis Elementary Teachers, Portland Oregon Bike Commute Challenge Team
  83. 83. Bicycling in the CommunityKidical Mass, Ciclovia’s, Parades, and more
  84. 84. Kidical Mass
  85. 85. Kidical Mass classic (ice cream!) Pirate/Treasure Hunt Pajama Party Bike to BaseballTheme rides & more Bike & Boat School Spirit Bugs Superhero/heroine Geocaching Pumpkin carving Fancy Pants holiday lights kidical camping
  86. 86. Community Events
  87. 87. Have Fun!
  88. 88. Supportive Bicycling Policies
  89. 89. The Myth ofSisyphus(sis-e-fuss)
  90. 90. What is a Policy?A policy is:• a statement in writing• binding• setting out a general approach to be applied broadly
  91. 91. Policy reaches more people. Policy institutionalizes good ideas.Policy allows for accountability, enforcement and consistent implementation. Policy establishes relationships & responsibilities.
  92. 92. Bicycling Policies• Supportive Bicycling Policies• Bike Parking Policies• Arrival/Dismissal Policies• Traffic Safety in the Curriculum• Bike Train Policies?• School Siting Policies• Fleet Management (Joint Use)
  93. 93. Thank you!
  94. 94. Questions, Comments?Shane MacRhodes, SRTS Program Manager, 4j School District rhodes_sh@4j.lane.edu Robert Ping, TA Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership robert@saferoutespartnership.org Dave Cowan, Program Manager, Safe Routes to School dave@saferoutespartnership.org

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