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Our Winter Newsletter is online!

In this issue: * Cross with Confidence * New Sidewalks for Menlo Park * Free SR2S Resources & Workshops * Getting Young Ones Ready to Ride * Walk + Bike to School Day highlights * Our T-Shirt Design contest winner

Hello Friends,

I hope your fall has been as lovely (and as surprisingly dry) as mine. Now, with colder weather and the holiday season both fast approaching, it’s a great time to check out the winter edition of Safe Routes News. It’s a quick read with resources and updates designed to help keep your family moving whatever the weather.

In this issue:

  • Cross with Confidence
  • New Sidewalks for Menlo Park
  • Free SR2S Resources & Workshops
  • Getting Young Ones Ready to Ride
  • Walk + Bike to School Day highlights
  • Our T-Shirt Design contest winner
  • and a new Haiku challenge!

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Announcing the healthiest and most popular kid games

According to the research, the top four energy-burning, kid-approved games are...


We at Safe Routes love that getting kids active and outside is part of our job. But it's a big job. Luckily there are other "old school" practices that build exercise into the daily lives of our young people. Practices like playing games during recess!

"What games to play?" you might ask. Well Dr. Stavroula Osganian, of Children's Hospital Boston, has an answer.

Announcing the healthiest and most popular kid games

 We all know that recess can be healthy and fun. But how do we get the best of both worlds?

That question was the focus of a new project at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Clinical Research Program at Children's Hospital Boston.

The project's research team, led by Dr. Stavroula Osganian, recently created a recess environment for children and studied 30 different games, including Stop and Go, Tag, and Monkey in the Middle. Researchers examined every game to determine how much energy kids expend playing them.

 Then came the real test. After kids finished playing, the researchers asked kids to rank how much fun they had in each game.

 By combining its findings, the research team has created the ultimate list of the healthiest, most exciting and most enjoyable recess activities. According to the research, the top four energy-burning, kid-approved games were:

  1. Stop and Go
  2. Pirate's Treasure
  3. Dragon's Tail
  4. Capture the Flag
The team has begun to share its findings with schools in order to make recess as physically active and fun as possible.

Schools use the games to help kids who face particular risks and need activities that get their heart working and help burn calories. Teachers also share the games with groups of children to encourage an energy filled recess, which helps kids stay focused when they return to class.

Thanks to this new research, schools have a great new tool to keep their kids moving in a healthy direction... while keeping the focus on play. Check out the directions for all 30 tested games and let us know what you think!

Snow commute?

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It's one of those Portland days filled with mixed emotions. Our inner child wants it to snow. Our adult commuter wants it to stay dry - at least until we get home.

If you're commuting home tonight on public transit, check out these winter weather tips from TriMet. A lot of buses switch to snow routes when Frosty appears, so make sure you know if your stop is being served. If you live in western Washington, here's C-Tran's snow and ice page.

If you want to know the latest changes in service check the TriMet service alerts or C-Tran's flash alert.


Image courtesy of TriMet



Portland bike ridership reaches highest level

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PBOT's annual report shows a 8% increase in ridership over 2009

Great news for Portlanders wanting less congestion and a more active populace: the Portland Bureau of Transportation's 2010 bicycle count found an 8% increase of bicycle riders over 2009. This marks the highest bicycle ridership count since PBOT began counting bicyclists in the early 1990s.

With the aid of volunteers and machines, PBOT conducted counts at 109 locations plus the four main bicycle friendly Willamette River bridges (Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne and Steel). 

Bicycle traffic represented 14% of all traffic on these bridges. Bridge trips by bike increased by 12% while counts at the other locations rose by 7%.

Since the 2000-01 bicycle counts, bicycle traffic is up 190%. Read the full news release here.


More biked in Feb 2010 than a summer month in 2006

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One of the many cool factoids from PBOT's 2010 bicycle count

Our bicycle coordinator Roger Geller just stopped by Commuter Central to point out a cool graph from the 2010 Portland Annual Bicycle Count Report that demonstrates Portland's explosive growth in bicycling.

The graph below looks at historic ridership on the Hawthorne Bridge compared to several different 2010 hose counts on the Hawthorne. The orange bars represent 2010 counts from different months. The purple lines show the summer average monthly bike counts for 2000, 2005 and 2006:

In 2010 more people biked across the Hawthorne in February than did during the peak summer month of 2006. We had more people traverse the Hawthorne by bike in JANUARY 2010 than we did in August 2005.

The graph also demonstrates what a lousy spring we had (in addition to a very nice February). We had more people biking in January than we did in May!