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(August 24, 2015) People who drive, walk or bike on North Flint Avenue should prepare for additional traffic and use caution, due to Faubion School’s temporary relocation to the former Harriet Tubman school site. Especially during school drop off and pick up hours, people who bicycle on N Flint may consider using N Vancouver and Williams, respectively. (See map.)
Portland Public Schools (PPS) is relocating Faubion PK-8 to the former site of the Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women at 2231 N Flint Avenue for two years while Faubion is completely rebuilt with proceeds from the School Improvement Bond.
In partnership with the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) Safe Routes to School program, PPS continues to conduct outreach with families and people bicycling on Flint about the projected traffic uptick. According to PPS, over 40 people stopped at a bike breakfast event held last week to inform travelers about the changes. PPS is conducting training with bus drivers about maneuvering in a highly bicycle trafficked area.
In the fall 2014 Safe Routes to School survey, over 40% of Faubion families reported their students walked, biked or rolled to school. PPS and PBOT anticipate that the five-plus mile distance between the two sites will result in more families driving to school. PPS and Safe Routes will continue to work with the school community to encourage and assist with bike trains, walking school buses and ride sharing.
For more information about the Faubion at Tubman Campus temporary relocation, please contact Teri Brady at PPS. For more information about the PBOT Safe Routes to School program, contact Janis McDonald.