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Report from the Safe Routes Ambassadors

by LeeAnne, BTA Ambassador

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance wrapped up another fabulous whirlwind school year teaching bike and pedestrian safety education to more kids than ever before. BTA staff taught at 70 schools across Oregon (including 40 schools for Portland Safe Routes to School) and reached over 5,000 students this year. Enjoy some of the instructor highlights and student drawings from Portland schools below!

James John students rode by a group of people during their community ride who asked, “What is this? Why aren’t you in school” to which a student replied, “This is school!”

• On the community ride for Rigler students, the weather was unusual to say the least with sun, strong winds, rain, and hail.  At one point when the hail and wind were particularly bad and there was no cover, the group had to stop and face away from the wind to protect the students' faces.  One student yelled, “ This is another reason to wear a helmet. It keeps us safe from hail!”


Rainy Community Ride!


• While riding in the bike lane on Holgate, one Earl Boyles student proclaimed, “This is OUR lane!”

• At Laurelhurst, a class rode by the home of one of the students.  Their family came outside to cheer on the class.

• During a Pedestrian Safety class at Ainsworth, one student mentioned that we should look out for Zoobombers before crossing the street.  Only in Portland…

• At Humboldt, after riding with Portland Mayor Sam Adams at Overlook Park, students debated an important question. Which was cooler: meeting the Mayor or a Trailblazer?  The Mayor won.


Mayor Adams with Humboldt Bike Safety Class


• At Rosa Parks, many students rode on a tour of their neighborhoods for the first time.  Shouts of “I didn’t know this was here!” could be heard along the single file line of students.


• One Creston student attended class wearing kneepads and shoulder pads. He learned to ride that day.


Huge thanks to the volunteers for all your help! We can't do it without you. See you next fall!