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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 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Bike Train

What is a Bike Train?

Students gather at a Bike Train meeting spot.

A Bike Train is a group of students riding their bikes to school, usually with adult supervision. It can be as simple as two families taking turns biking students to school or a structured program with routes, a schedule and meeting locations.

Starting a Bike Train 

1. Start by checking with your school to see if other families or kids are already biking to school together - maybe you could join in!

2. If your school doesn't have a Bike Train, are there any families in your neighborhood who might be interested?

3. If nobody else is riding, jump on your bike and go! You may be the momentum that gets others excited to join. 

What are some helpful tools I need to get riding to school?

Access to low-cost helmets    Link to Portland maps   Safety tips for riding your bike.    

 Link to info about bike parking.   Click for free prizes for students.    How-To Bike Train Manual Link

Safe Routes is also here to offer training and support at your school, provided it is located with the City of Portland. Email saferoutes@portlandoregon.gov or call Janis at 503-823-5358 to get in touch with our staff.

Portland Bike Train History

Bike Trains have sprouted up all over Portland with over 1,000 students participating in the Fall of 2010. Kiel Johnson, a volunteer with Safe Routes to School, started Bike Trains at seven schools across the city that year.

See for yourself how much fun a Bike Train can be by watching this Street Films video showcasing Portland's Beach School Bike Train!