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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

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Portland Safe Routes to School Summary

This page is under construction as of February 2014. If you have questions or need help finding a specific item contact

Safe Routes to School logoOur Mission

Portland Safe Routes to School is a partnership of the City of Portland, schools, neighborhoods, community organizations and agencies that advocates for and implements programs that make walking and biking around our neighborhoods and schools fun, easy, safe and healthy for all students and families while reducing our reliance on cars.

The Portland Safe Routes to School program currently provides Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, and Evaluation in an Equitable manner (6 ‘E's) to support students in schools to be safe, have fun, grow healthy and get there.

 In 2011, the City of Portland’s SR2S program worked with community stakeholders to create policy around equitable service delivery. These new policies aim to provide a transparent and effective means of directing the program through 2035.

Safe Routes to School Policy

Encouragement Activities & Volunteer Opportunities

Encouragement events and activities such as a Walk + Bike to School Day, a Bike Train, or a Park + Walk campaign can make all the difference in getting families active on their commute to school. Need ideas, resources, or planning assistance to help make your school event more successful? Check out the Encouragement Menu for an idea of some of the resources Safe Routes has to offer. 

Safe Routes to School Encouragement Menu

Ready to volunteer for Safe Routes to School? Contact for more details.


Education Services

In partnership with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), Safe Routes to School offers pedestrian and bicycle education at 40 schools every year.

Pedestrian Safety Education (PSE) is typically taught to 2nd or 3rd grade students. This curriculum includes 1.5 hours of in-class instruction and an outdoor neighborhood walkabout. 

Bicycle Safety Education (BSE) is typically taught to 4th or 5th grade students. This curriculum includes 10 hours of in-class instruction and outdoor on-the-bike practice. The class ends with at a graduation group ride through the neighborhood.

To request PSE or BSE for your school or to volunteer with these classes at a participating school contact

How Students Travel to School

Each fall and spring Safe Routes asks parents how their students travel to school. For the most recent data visit our Survey Results page.

Need help planning your route to school? Check out our School Maps page to find a helpful guide to your school's neighborhood.

Irvington Map

Program Partners

The success of the Portland Safe Routes to School program is due to strong partnerships with schools, school districts, non-profits, advocacy groups, and agencies.

There have been many organizations that have contributed to the success of Portland Safe Routes to School. Our current partners are listed below:


 Oregon Impact logo BTA logo Trauma Nurses Talk Tough  logo WPC logo
David Douglas School  District logo Parkrose School District  logo PPS logo  ODOT Safe Routes logo



Program History

Map of Safe Routes to School partner schools

(click the map to zoom in)

Portland Safe Routes to School (SR2S) first developed programming in 2000, when the national conversation began with the funding of the Marin County (California) program and the formation of the Oregon Walk + Bike to School committee.

The City of Portland took a step toward formalization when the State of Oregon passed House Bill 3712 (known as the ‘Safe Routes to School Bill') in 2001. Subsequent to this, the City of Portland partnered with 5 schools in Portland that received $2,000 in state grants and delivered all school traffic safety services under the umbrella concept of ‘Safe Routes to School'.

In 2003, the Portland Community and School Traffic Safety Partnership was established within the City of Portland. Safe Routes to School is one part of this community-based, coalition-led effort to improve traffic safety in Portland.

In 2005-06 Portland Safe Routes to School initiated the 5-E (Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, and Evaluation) pilot project, beginning with partnerships in eight schools across three school districts (Portland Public, David Douglas, and Parkrose). Safe Routes now serves almost every elementary and K-8 school in the City, providing encouragement service to over 80 schools in five school districts (adding Reynolds and Centennial to the list). Safe Routes has completed engineering plans at 28 of these schools and 40 schools receive education services each year.

During the 2013-14 school year, Safe Routes began to increase outreach to middle school students in 6th to 8th grade as part of a three-year grant from Oregon Safe Routes to School.

To read more about our program, check out our brochure or latest newsletter, both available for viewing as a PDF.