Maine Safe Routes to School Newsletter | April 2017 Newsletter
April is Distracted Drivers Awareness Month

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system-anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Don't be a distracted driver!  
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Coming up: National Bike Month!

Plan Your Walk and Bike to School Events, We  Can Help!
  • May is National Bike Month!
  • National Bike to School Day is May 10!!  
  • National Bike to Work Week is May 15-19!!!
  • Bike to Work Day is May 19!!!!
Help  students, friends, family, and colleagues experience the fun of biking to school or work - ¬≠part of the  2017 National Bike Month and a great addition for Maine's  Walk and Bike to School Month!

Bike & Helmet Giveaway
Register your Bike to School Day event with National SRTS to be eligible to win one of the ten drawings: 10 bicycles and 20 helmets to be awarded to each winning school.

Free Handouts and Materials
Walk and Bike to School Days ¬≠- weekly, monthly or one time  fun community events. Register your events and order incentive materials here!

Looking for inspiration?
Check out our blog at to see
great examples from Maine schools promoting biking and walking.

Adults too!
Get the tools to inspire and plan community wide participation for all ages.

It's Bike Swap Time!

Where: University of Southern Maine, Portland
When: April 23 (drop off sales April 22)
Join the Bicycle Coalition of Maine at the 2017 Great Maine Bike Swap!  Choose from hundreds of bikes in all price ranges and of all types including children's bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, and hybrids! You can also sell or donate the unused bikes you have around the house and garage. 
For more information visit
We're here to help you strategize, answer questions, and support your community as you make plans for walk and bike activities this school year!
The Maine Safe Routes to School Team

In This Edition

Darcy Whittemore
Education Program Manager
Tel: 207-956-6537

Erik daSilva
Education Program Coordinator 
Tel: 207-956-6539

Shannon Belt
Education & Outreach Coordinator (Greater Portland)
Tel: 207-956-6528
Patrick Adams
MaineDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager
Tel: 207-624-3311

Resources, Funding, & Timely Opportunities 
Fully funded, fun, and engaging teaching resource that supports curriculum standards for Grades 3-5 and promotes active transportation goals!

Upcoming Webinars
Apr 13, 1:30-2:30pm
Hear from experts in active transportation and the positive impact it has on the local community.

An inter-modal strategy for promoting the benefits and creating walkable, transit-rich communities.

Using SRTS Data
May 2, 1-2pm
Explore data collection, data-informed decision making, and how to communicate results effectively.

What We're Reading

Street Harassment
Barriers to safe walking and biking that go beyond infrastructure and traffic

Teach your students to travel safely!  
The Maine SRTS Program offers free bicycle & pedestrian safety education to schools, rec programs, and other youth organizations. The training covers 8 key points for young pedestrians and bicycle drivers. Adult education is also available.  
Contact Erik daSilva with questions.
Some restrictions apply