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Safe Routes to School

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 identified over 1,200 projects throughout the city to 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 Street 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.

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 SafeRoutesProjects.com


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Background

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

Safe Routes 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 for to make routes safer and more convenient for kids to walk, bike and roll to school. With over 100 schools through 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 SRTS 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.  

If you have questions please contact SafeRoutes@portlandoregon.gov


FAQs: Safe Routes to School + Fixing Our Streets

Frequently Asked Questions about the Fixing Our Streets process