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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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The Six "E's" of Safe Routes

Students on their way to school in North Portland.

The Portland Safe Routes to School program provides Encouragement, Enforcement, Education, Engineering, and Evaluation through an Equity lens to support all students. 

Encouragement: Safe Routes to School provides training opportunities, information, materials, and incentives to promote walking, biking, rolling, and taking transit more frequently.

Education: Provides students the skills and information they need to be safe pedestrians, bicyclists, bus and transit riders, and vehicle passengers. 

Enforcement: Increases awareness and reduces the frequency of traffic safety problems through a partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, schools, and neighborhoods.

Evaluation: Safe Routes to School measures project results through surveys sent to families at the beginning and end of the school year. 

Engineering: Improves walk, bike, roll, and school bus locations to increase safety around schools. The Safe Routes to School traffic engineer works year round to improve safety near schools by changing and adding safety features. School principals can phone 503-823-SAFE (7233) to identify concerns and get help with problems like drop-off and pick-up, road crossings, speeding traffic, and other traffic issues. 

Equity: Provides services to reduce health and wealth disparities in Portland.