What is Fixing Our Streets? In May 2016, Portland voters passed Measure 26-173, Portland's first local funding source dedicated to fixing our streets for people of all ages and abilities. Fixing Our Streets is projected to raise $64 million for road maintenance and street safety projects across the City of Portland over the next four years. SRTS expects $8 million in investments to make routes safer and more convenient for kids to walk, bike, and roll to school.
How is the money allocated through Fixing Our Streets? Money from Fixing Our Streets is slated to use 56% of funds on Street Maintenance and 44% towards Safety Improvements. $8 million of Safety Improvements funding has been allocated to Safe Routes to School.
How was the Safe Routes to School money allocated by cluster? SRTS divided Fixing Our Streets funds geographically across Portland's 12 high school clusters, each including boundaries of 3 to 13 schools (elementary, K-8, and middle).
The allocation process considered cluster-wide demographic information (including student body population) compared with the existing network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities.The final funding recommendations prioritize communities of concern across the clusters, namely schools with high rates of communities of color, free & reduced lunch, and English language learners.
How will the cluster funding be allocated to projects and improvements? Safe Routes to School has formed a community-based Stakeholder Advisory Committee who will help prioritize a list of potential projects based on school community feedback from open houses and school events. They will also provide advice and direction to inform creation of a SRTS Strategic Plan. The SRTS Advisory Committee will also frequently report to the Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee.
Read more about the SRTS Stakeholder Advisory Committee and see a list of its committee members.