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Safe Routes News Coverage

This morning's papers were abuzz with Walk + Bike to School Day and Safe Routes to School news.



Laurie Paulsen has ridden to and from Beach School with her children, Alina Armstrong, 7, and Anya Armstrong, 5, for the past two years as part of her effort to encourage kids to bike to school.

The Portland Tribune's Jennifer Anderson has a nice article on the front page; "Kids walk — and bike — their talk in Portland." A thoughtful response to the recent New York Times article, "Why Can’t She Walk to School?" the Tribune's article shares the perspective of Portland parents, including several who are active Safe Routes volunteers at their respective schools.

To 7-year-old Alina Armstrong, biking to school is all about the bragging rights. “I get to put more miles on,” the first-grader at North Portland’s Beach School says, wearing a blue flower helmet and toothy grin. She’s referring to the mileage tracker on her blue Trek 24-speed, which as of last week displayed 689.6 miles – her total distance accumulated over the past year and a half.

The first-grader is one of the massive number of students joining the walk- or bike-to-school revolution at schools throughout Portland, fueled by a love for fitness and clean air, a growing family-friendly bike spirit and a can-do attitude despite some big barriers.

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The Oregonian also carried news about Safe Routes to School in, "It's a day to walk, bike to school on Oct. 7" in their in Portland section...

More than 50 schools in the Portland area have signed up to participate in this year's International Walk and Bike to School Day on Oct. 7.

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