safe routes to school

7 ways to transform traffic safety around your school for under $500

Sam Balto (Contributor) by on March 31st, 2021 at 1:48 pm

Kids parking bicycles at racks in front of a school.

If you’re not looking forward to school traffic stress, consider some of these ideas.

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Metro launches ‘Kids are everywhere. Drive like it” campaign

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 22nd, 2021 at 12:21 pm

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ODOT will award $28 million in safe routes to school grants statewide

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 13th, 2020 at 1:39 pm

Morning rush (remember that?) outside Harriet Tubman middle school in north Portland.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

All across Oregon, cities and counties (and one tribe) want more money to make it safer for people to walk and roll to school (remember going to school?). According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, 99 agencies from every region have applied for funding from the state’s Safe Routes to School program. 203 total projects have been submitted at a total cost of $73 million.

Competition for the grants will be fierce since there is only $28 million available this funding cycle.

In 2017 the Oregon Legislature passed a $5.3 billion transportation funding package that included $10 million per year for the Safe Routes program (increasing to $15 million per year in 2023). ODOT says they’ve lumped together two years of funding for this round as well as some funds left over from the previous solicitation in 2018. [Read more…]

Bicycles help school communities stay connected during the pandemic

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 5th, 2020 at 4:48 pm

Students, teachers and family members rode together at Prescott Pedal on Saturday.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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City drains ‘Lake Millstreet’ as part of major makeover of SE 80th and Mill

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 28th, 2020 at 9:26 am

The lane on the right used to be someone’s front yard.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Safe Routes org drops ‘enforcement’ from organizing framework

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 9th, 2020 at 1:03 pm

A Portland police officer rides by Vernon School in the Alberta neighborhood during a 2014 enforcement action.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Family Biking: Volunteer for new middle-schooler community rides

Madi Carlson by on September 17th, 2019 at 9:17 am

Practicing bike safety skills on the roads around our school.
(Photo: Madi Carlson)

Cycling education in local schools isn’t new — the City of Portland has been helping students learn bike safety skills since 2005. With partners like The Street Trust, the transportation bureau educates hundreds of elementary students through their Safe Routes to School program. This year they plan to graduate the program up to middle school.[Read more…]

ODOT awards $2.3 million to boost Safe Routes to School statewide

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 28th, 2019 at 10:06 am

The funds focus on the human element of Safe Routes, which is often just as important as the engineering side of things.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As classes begin for thousands of students around Oregon today, schools around the state will get a bit safer thanks to $2.3 million in projects announced yesterday.[Read more…]

Tubman Middle School parents meet school and city staff to discuss traffic safety issues

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 1st, 2019 at 10:53 am

Tubman Middle School Vice Principal Lavell Wood speaking to parents.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

“We believe kids coming to this school need an elevated skillset to navigate these streets.”
— Dana Dickman, PBOT

This is the meeting that should have taken place before two students where hit.

On Tuesday, Harriet Tubman Middle School officials and bureau of transportation staff met with parents who are concerned that their children will be run over by automobile users while walking and biking to class. Tubman sits on Flint Avenue, a busy driving route that’s the main access to the Broadway Bridge. One block northeast is the wide and fast intersection of North Russell Avenue and Vancouver. Interstate 5 — and all its associated hazards — is literally in the school’s backyard.
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How one Portlander made the route to his daughter’s school safer

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 31st, 2019 at 11:02 am

Car stopped at no parking sign in front of Bridlemile Elementary School in southwest Portland.
(Photos: David Stein)

Publisher’s note: This post is by southwest Portland resident David Stein. He shares the story behind a local project he worked on as part of the much-heralded PSU Traffic & Transportation Class. It’s a great example of how to identify and tackle a nagging street safety problem and we hope it’s an inspiration to some of you. Stein is also a member of the PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee.

As a student project in the Portland State University Traffic and Transportation course, I decided to try improving a safe route to Bridlemile Elementary in southwest. In the class we’re told, “You have a PhD in your neighborhood,” and the leaders encourage us to make Portland a better place through a class project.
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