Sept 2018 Newsletter
Maine Safe Routes to School Newsletter
Stay in-the-know on how you can make biking and walking better for the youth in your community!
The Maine Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program generates a monthly newsletter to keep schools, parents, and communities abreast on:
  • local youth bike and walk success stories,
  • exciting SRTS program updates,
  • upcoming webinars,
  • and timely funding opportunities to improve biking and walking conditions for youth.
Walk to School Day!
October 10, 2018
Step right up! National Registration is now open for Walk to School Day. Join the movement that inspires the entire community to come together and promote health and safer routes for students to walk and bike to school. While October 10 is this year’s official date, communities are welcome to celebrate any day in October that best fits their schedules.

Encourage your elected officials to join your event. Read on for information on sending invitations and the benefits of involving local leaders in Walk to School Day.

Not sure how to get started? Check out event ideas and how to plan.
Or contact your local SRTS Coordinator to hash out a plan:
And click below to register with us and request free stickers, handouts, etc! ⬇︎
Teach Your Students to Travel Safely!
Above photos - Fairmount School in Bangor recently hosted a Bicycle Safety Rodeo during their regularly scheduled after school program. It rained the entire time but that didn't stop the fun or the learning! These lucky students learned to fit a helmet, practiced following the rules of the road, and improved their bicycle handling skills, no doubt enhanced by the wet pavement!

Interested in hosting a rodeo or classroom presentation at your school? The Maine SRTS Program offers free bicycle & pedestrian safety education to schools, rec programs, and other youth organizations. Adult education is also available!  Contact Erik daSilva with questions.
Effective, Attractive, and Inexpensive Traffic-calming projects
From pop-up crosswalks to slow zones, we're big fans of communities taking to the streets to push people-first design. One of the most visible and momentous things you can do to forward the walking & biking movement is to explore safer streets with a traffic calming or pop-up demonstration project like the ones the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) built for:
  • Madawaska High School last week, which was so well received it will remain permanent (1st photo).
  • The City of Brunswick this past July (2nd photo).

Would you like assistance building a local traffic calming project?
We'd love to help. Contact BCM's Community Advocacy Coordinator Angela King:

Check out These National Inspirations to Pop-Up Safety
Learn More - Do More

WEBINAR: Spice Up Your Communications About Safe Routes to School
Past (Sept 11)
This webinar will highlight successful Safe Routes to School communication strategies and platforms that have worked best for communities. Additionally, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will present a School District Communication Toolkit, which can easily be used by any school or district to talk about Safe Routes to School. Come learn about new communication strategies!

WEBINAR: Connecting and Allying with the Disability Rights Movement
Wednesday Sept 26, 2:00pm
This episode of Walking toward Justice will dive into how disability rights and the history of the disability rights movement have shaped and created the spaces we live, work and play in today. The discussion will develop an awareness of the actions we all need to take to create safe, accessible, equitable and enjoyable places for everyone to walk and be physically active.

WEBINAR: Fixing Poor Design with Complete Streets Infrastructure
Thursday Sept 27, 4:00pm
Over 1,300 communities have adopted Complete Streets policies. Learn about the day-to-day decisions that transportation agencies and community leaders make in funding, planning, design, maintenance, and operations are how policies are translated into smart implementation.

RESOURCE: Frequent Routes to Funding
This fact sheet describes key steps to ensure your program is well positioned for funding, provides ideas for where to look for funding, and highlights the breadth of funding sources that programs from around the country are currently accessing.

#GoActiveToSchool This Year!
More energy throughout the day. Better focus in class. Healthy habits that last a lifetime. This campaign will share tips, resources, toolkits, and inspiration for schools, parents, and students who are inspired to go active back to school this year. Make the trip to school fun, active, and safe no matter how you travel back to school. Learn more here.

What We're Reading
Too often, drivers view the posted speed limit as a mere suggestion - Speeding has become acceptable behavior. 
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