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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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Safe Routes to School

SE 72nd and Crystal Springs

Thanks to Fixing Our Streets, students now have a new crossing at SE 72nd Avenue at Crystal Springs Boulevard. The new crossing includes ADA-compliant curb ramps, a marked crosswalk, and pedestrian crossing signs.

 Safe Routes to School

Fixing our Streets:  Safe Routes to School

Thanks to the passing of Measure 26-173, Portland’s gas tax, and engagement from school community members, Safe Routes to School identified over 1,200 projects that would create a network that connects schools in every high school cluster across the city.

The total identified need is over $250 million, and though we have a great start with the current Fixing Our Streets funding, we still have a long way to go. Fortunately, thanks to the identification process we worked on last year with each school community, Safe Routes to School has a clear list of identified projects that are well-suited to attract other local, regional, and state safety funding sources.

PBOT has completed 32 Fixing Our Streets Safe Routes to School projects so far.

We are excited to share the Fixing Our Streets Safe Routes to School map of Primary Investment Routes for each permanent public elementary, K-8, and middle school and identified safety projects along those routes.

Find details on projects, routes, and the process at

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Portland’s Safe Routes to School initiative is a comprehensive equity-focused program to improve walking and biking conditions around schools. Partnerships and collaboration with schools, community organizations, regional agencies, and neighborhoods are central to the program’s success.

Safe Routes to School uses infrastructure improvements (such as crosswalks) and educational campaigns to improve safety, reduce congestion, and encourage physical activity.

Safe Routes to School envisions a future where all students and families can choose active transportation as a safe, convenient, accessible, and desirable option for getting to and from school and around their neighborhoods. The ability to walk, bike, and roll to school and throughout neighborhoods not only benefits students and families, but the entire community. 


Fixing Our Streets and Safe Routes to School

The Fixing Our Streets program allocated $8 million to make routes safer and more convenient for kids to walk, bike, and roll to school. With over 100 schools throughout the city, the need for street improvements to support safe travel to school is greater than the Fixing Our Streets funds available. Fixing Our Streets tasked Safe Routes to School to find out what changes Portlanders would like to see around their schools, and develop a process to target and prioritize safety investments.

Read about the public engagement process, what we heard from school communities, and read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions on our project story map.  

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More Safe Routes are coming in 2020. Here are few projects that will begin construction in Fall 2020!

  • NE MLK Boulevard and Going Street: This project will construct a pedestrian hybrid beacon to help people walking and biking on the Going Greenway, and those who cross MLK Boulevard to attend the nearby King School. 
  • NE 148th Avenue and Main Street: This project will construct a pedestrian hybrid beacon to help people walking and biking safely cross the intersection at SE 148th Avenue and Main Street.
  • E Burnside Street and 16th Avenue: This project will install a mast-arm mounted rapid flashing beacon across East Burnside to help facilitate crossings for people walking and biking along NE 16th Avenue.
  • NE 113th Avenue and Glisan Street: This project will construct a pedestrian hybrid beacon to help people walking and biking safely cross the intersection at NE Glisan Street and 113th Avenue.
  • SE 86th Avenue and Washington Street: This project will construct rapid flashing beacons to help people cross the intersection of SE 86th Avenue and Washington Street. 


FAQs: Safe Routes to School + Fixing Our Streets

Frequently Asked Questions about the Fixing Our Streets process