Bikes in Bend: Youth Bike and Pedestrian Program Funding

Kim Curley is a fabulous BTA partner from Bend and is the Community Outreach Director at Commute Options.  She helped put together this FAQ resource about programming and funding for youth bike and pedestrian programs. This is great advice for anyone who is looking to bring a bike safety education program to their school or community. Thanks, Kim! -LAF


Second annual Bessie Butte ride with students from Elk Meadow Elementary.

What programs do you have for youth that address bicycling and walking?

Education: We provide instruction of K-8 classes on basic pedestrian skills during classroom time, assemblies and special events. We instruct grades 4-6 with a two-week bicycle safety skills course.

Encouragement: School champions including parents, teachers and students promote walking and bicycling during the school year. Outreach includes tabling, newsletters, handouts, posters and web/facebook. Helmets are distributed year round at program schools.

Engineering: Last year one school received traffic calming improvements, including small circles, speed tables and a road diet.

Evaluation: All program schools conduct surveys as prescribed by the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) national data site.

Enforcement: In the City of Bend, police routinely patrol school crossings and zones. The City of Redmond was reimbursed overtime hours through our SRTS grant.

What funding streams did you have last year?

We received $50,000 at Commute Options which covered seven schools. We worked under four ACTS grants for $3,000 each to create action plans for four new schools. We raised about $1,500 to purchase helmets and other supplies for the program.

What funding streams are you planning for this year or future years?

We are planning on applying for a tier one and tier two project from ODOT’s SRTS program for a total of $65,000 for October 1st – September 30th, 2013

Any advice for new programs?

Reach out to your local non-profit partners, public health organizations, private foundations, the medical industry and insurance companies. Work closely with your city’s Metropolitan Planning Organization and your Area Commission on Transportation, who are in line for money for projects under the new MAP-21 guidelines.

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