Mode share refers to the percentage of students using any given means of transportation, such as walking, biking or riding in the family car. Monitoring changes in mode share - whether different modes are used more or less from year to year - is one way to measure the effectiveness of the Safe Routes to School program. Are students walking and biking more than last year? Are there fewer cars at pick-up and drop-off times? What are some of the factors that affect the decision to walk, bike or roll to school?
The semi-annual student travel survey asks these questions and more. Parents of K-8 students at 65 schools receive the survey in the mail in early October and early May each school year. The survey includes a week-long trip diary and questions about what might help or hinder more families from being active.
After each survey period, Safe Routes to School produces a brief summary of the results, and every couple of years a broader analysis of trends. After the fall survey, a school-specific report is sent to each of the 65 participating schools. Check out the links to past summaries and school reports below. For school-specific reports, click here.
Semester Summary Quick Looks
The Quick Look reports provide a brief summary of survey responses for each semester.
Trend Summary Reports
Trend Reports compare current and past data to test travel hypotheses.
Bike Fairy Summary Reports
Since 2015, the Bike Fairy has visited all Safe Routes school campuses during the first week of May to surprise students who biked to school. While providing a fun celebration, the Bike Fairy also has a chance to get a real-time estimate for bike mode share.
For questions or more information about Portland's Safe Routes to School data contact Taylor Sutton, email@example.com.