(November 30, 2015) The Portland Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is growing. Beginning with eight schools in 2005, we now have over 100 school partners in five school districts including Portland Public, Parkrose, David Douglas, Centennial, and Reynolds. We expanded into middle schools in 2013 and high schools are also being phased in currently.
We recognize the changing demographics of our city and in an effort to reach a more diverse group of students and families, SRTS recently updated our materials with a new look and translated our new brochure into five languages. The brochure is now available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, and Somali. The brochure provides information on how students and families can get involved, how schools can get involved and what everyone can do to improve student health and safety citywide.
- Students and families can get involved by participating in walking school buses, bike trains and park+walk programs.
- Schools can get involved by organizing events such as Bike+Walk to School Challenge Month in May.
- Everyone can contribute to student health and safety by using active transportation to and from school, work and play. Those who drive, especially near schools and in neighborhoods, can go slow and be courteous to other families walking, biking, rolling, and driving.
Help us spread the word about Safe Routes to School, walking school buses, bike trains and park+walks. If you would like brochures in Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, or Somali, or know a family that could benefit from this information, please contact our Safe Routes staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-5358. You can help us by hanging a brochure up at your school, sending brochures out to families at your school, or distributing brochures at school events.