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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Park + Walk

Live too far from school? Try a Park + Walk!

Families living greater than one mile away from school may find the distance too daunting for a morning or afternoon walk. Other factors, such as heavy traffic or lack of sidewalks, may also be a barrier for students to get to school safely.

One option to consider is a Park + Walk, or satellite parking location. Similar to TriMet's Park + Ride, families can drive to a safe site closer to school (such as a park or shopping center) and then walk the rest of the way. Students get in a little bit of exercise before school and parents feel more comfortable knowing the walk is safe.

Parents can take Park + Walk to the next level by recruiting more families to participate. As more families try Park + Walk, car congestion decreases around school, contributing to a safer environment for all students.

Park+Walk explained in pictures.

Steps to starting a Park + Walk

  • Check with your school to see if other families are already coordinating a Park+Walk - maybe you could join in and walk together.
  • If your school doesn't have a scheduled Park+Walk, are there other families who might be interested?
  • If nobody else shows interest, try it out yourself! You may be the momentum that gets others excited to join. 

What are some helpful tools I need to Park + Walk to school?

                         Link to Portland maps   Walking safety tips 

                         Access prizes for walkers    Link to how-to guide                



Park + Walk

Check out the Park + Walk Primer (PDF here) for some helpful tips. To order paper copies for you and other families, visit our order page.

Interested in a customized Park + Walk brochure for your school? Work with the Safe Routes team to include specific locations, walk times, and other info to get families involved. Keep it simple or add more details. Check out these examples from participating schools:

Sacramento Elementary - keeping it simple with a single Park + Walk site suggestion close to school

Sunstone Montessori - several site options with lots of details

Southwest Charter - info for walking or biking from multiple sites

To get started on one of your own contact