As we wrap up summer vacation it’s time to start preparing for the new school year. To kick things off you can use the Eugene-Springfield bike map, use Google Maps to help you figure out a good route, sign up for SchoolPool, or check out your school’s suggested walking maps,
- Camas Ridge Elementary School (English) (español)
- Charlemagne/Fox Hollow Elem. School (English) (español)
- Edgewood Community School (English) (español)
- Edison Elementary School (English) (español)
- Family School (English) (español)
- Ridgeline Montessori School (English) (español)
- Roosevelt Middle School (English) (español)
- Spencer Butte Middle School (English) (español)
Once you have a route it’s a good idea to walk or bike it a couple times with the kiddos to make sure you both feel comfortable and safe on it.
You can get a back to school bike safety check, free maps, bike bells and resources from the City of Eugene on August 26 at Breakfast at the Bike Bridge.
Confident Cycling for Families Class
Another great way to get more comfortable with biking to school is to take the Confident Cycling for Families class, held each Fall and Spring. This year’s class will be on Sunday, September 18th from 9am-Noon at Camas Ridge Community School (1150 E. 29th). You can register for it here.
Class attendees will not only learn about basic traffic skills but also learn how to perform a bicycle safety check, how to properly fit a helmet, how to size a bicycle for a child, and how to properly carry things on a bicycle. Information will also be provided about gear and clothing, proper lighting, use of lights, and locking a bike. Half the course will be conducted indoors and the last portion will be held in the parking lot with skills & drills before a final ride on neighborhood streets.
This class is made for parents AND kids so all participants are asked to bring a bicycle and a helmet with them to class. Some reduced cost helmets will be available. Anyone requiring a loaner bicycle for the class is asked to state that in the comments section of the registration form. This class is geared towards children ages 5 – 13 and is free and open to all families but registration is required.