Mayor, state legislators will join students for Safe Routes ride

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The Safe Routes to School program
is offered in nearly every school
in Portland.
(Photo © J. Maus)

This afternoon, Mayor Sam Adams and a host of Oregon state legislators will highlight the City of Portland’s Safe Routes to Schools program with a bike ride through North and Northeast Portland. The ride will go from Humboldt Elementary School, to Overlook Park, and then back to the school.

According to PBOT spokesperson Dan Anderson, Adams will be joined by Senator Chip Shields, and Representatives Lew Frederick and Michael Dembrow. Humboldt Principal Willie Poinsette, fourth grade students, and PBOT staff will also take part. The electeds will learn about the program and see recent transportation improvements near the school first-hand.

The City of Portland currently offers Safe Routes curriculum and education in nearly 60 schools. Back in February, Humboldt was one of eight schools to split a $495,000 state grant to fund Safe Routes infrastructure projects.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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13 years ago

Humbolt and overlook are North not Northeast

13 years ago

I hope they’ll consider trying to ride from Ventura Park Elementary to… well… ANYWHERE in Outer S.E.

Miles of bike lanes and high speed “streets” (more like expressways) ridiculously inneffective school zones and cross-walks do not a safe route to school make.

Near Floydd Light is the worst… it’s a matter of time before ANOTHER middle schooler is struck and killed IN THE CROSSWALK. The school zone… lasts maybe 10 mins in the morning, 10 mins at night – autos ROAR through.

And kids are around all-day, everday – next to Floydd Light is a well-used East Portland Community Center…

Sitting right next to one of the most dangerous stretches of road in E. County if you ask me. Stark rips our neighborhood in half forcing Russian mothers to sprint across 4 lanes of speeding traffic to visit the local store.

We have work to do. See something – use every forum you can find to say something!

Thanks for reading.! the other one! the other one
13 years ago

Why are some elementary on such busy streets, or so close to one? So we can zoom in, and zoom out? I don’t understand, I went to Woodstock elem. and was only one block away, put others had to cross Woodstock or fifty-second streets to attend, are school boundaries drawn with political districts in mind? Does anyone here know?

13 years ago

Was it the group I saw riding down N. Vancouver? I wish I commute on bike when I was a kid.

13 years ago

Sorry kids, without an enhanced Vehicular Homicide Law all your safe-routes-to-school are belong to us.

Red Five
Red Five
13 years ago

Is Sammy boy still driving that big full-size guzzling pickup truck?

9 years ago

That’s a great pic!