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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 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Safer Streets: Safe Routes to School Projects

safe routes to school

What is it?

Safe Routes to School is a partnership between the city, schools, neighborhoods, community organizations, and agencies that makes walking, biking, and rolling fun, easy, and safe for all students and families. PBOT's Safe Routes to School program connects with every elementary, K-8, and middle school in Portland to offer education on safe, active ways of getting to school, and to identify and implement needed safety improvements around schools.

How does it make a difference?

Through a comprehensive approach, PBOT’s Safe Routes to School program has increased the percentage of students walking and biking to school by 35% since it began in 2006. Improvements in this category of funding will include school crossing improvements, paths and missing connections to school grounds, infilling sidewalk gaps on priority residential streets, and tying in our existing network of bike routes to schools. Our goal: By 2035, 75% of all elementary school students in Portland will travel to school by foot or bike.

Priority Locations:

Projects will be drawn from the Safe Routes to School plan developed in 2017 with funding from the original Fixing Our Streets program.

Safe Routes to School Projects (listed by school district, with project examples)

Centennial (sidewalk infill on NE 174th Avenue)

David Douglas (sidewalk infill on SE Bush Street)

Parkrose (sidewalk infill on NE Shaver Street)

Portland Public (improved signage and markings, as well as ADA ramps at NE 74th and Sandy, at NE Buffalo and Martin Luther King Jr, at SE 14th and Bybee, and on SW Vista)

Reynolds (enhanced crossing at NE 148th Avenue and Sacramento Street)

TOTAL Safe Routes to School Projects: $6 million