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Portlanders bike back to school (photos)

Posted by on September 5th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Trillium Charter School on North Interstate.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Schools in Portland are back in session as of yesterday, and that means the biking to school season is upon us once again. (That, combined with the Bike Commute Challenge and the all the regular Portland bike traffic, often makes September feel like the busiest biking time of year.)

Yesterday we asked readers to tweet us photos of the bike racks at their kids’ schools with the hashtag #bikebacktoschool. Check out a few of the images below…

Reader Tony Jordan said the racks at Glencoe Elementary school in southeast Portland were at full capacity…

Sellwood resident Peter Koonce sent in these photos from Llewellyn Elementary…

And dudeluna shared this photo of full bike racks at his child’s school (but we don’t know exactly what school it is yet)…

And finally, I snapped a few shots at Trillium Charter School in north Portland…

This bike parking box was recently painted right at the front/main entrance. It’s an idea I stole from Amsterdam and it’s intended for drop-off/pick-up use only.

How do the bike racks look at the schools in your neighborhood? Hopefully we see continued growth of biking to school in Portland this year. With strong programs from PBOT and the BTA, we expect nothing less!

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  • Nate Young September 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Cleveland High has been full yesterday and today. Not being a parent or student, I’m not willing to stop to take pics…

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  • RH September 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Cool story. Reminds me that it’s nice to live in city where parents and kids feel safe on the road and that it’s normal to ride a bike to school.

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  • dudeluna September 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    sorry! it’s The Madeleine School in NE Portland. Lot more bikes this year, and a lot more parents biking their kids in!

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  • kittens September 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    The times, they are a changin’
    When I was growing up (early 90s) you were ridiculed for riding a bike to school past the 4th grade. Also have read driver’s licence attainment by young people has dropped dramatically.

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    • 9watts September 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      When I biked to school (Germany, mid-eighties) I was an easy target of ridicule as the only kid with a bike helmet – in fact very likely the only bike helmet any of them had ever seen. Most rode mopeds and similar contraptions, and of course they *were required to* wear helmets. But a bike + a helmet was just too weird.

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  • Chris I September 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Anyone know how many ride to Wilson HS now? Back when I was there (2001 or so) there were usually 3-4 bikes at most.

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  • Pranita September 6, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I love this! More people need to do this especially with their kids…such beautiful moments to be shared. I being a mother of 2 would love to get my kids on their bikes n get going. good job!

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