safe routes to school

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

Avatar 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

Avatar 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.
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Family Biking: Volunteer for new middle-schooler community rides

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) 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

Avatar 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

Avatar 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

Avatar 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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State of Oregon finalizes funding list for Safe Routes to School projects

Avatar by on January 17th, 2019 at 7:51 am

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The State of Oregon has finalized its first batch of Safe Routes to School projects funded through the $5.3 billion transportation package passed by legislators in 2017.

Region 1 (which covers all of Portland) will receive $3.39 million for four projects that will make it easier and safer for kids to walk and bike to class. ODOT awarded nearly $16 million for 24 projects statewide. Demand for these funds far outstripped supply as the agency received a total of 112 project applications requesting a total of $85 million.[Read more…]

Another student hit by a driver near Harriet Tubman Middle School

Avatar by on January 14th, 2019 at 4:05 pm

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It happened again.

Here’s the email sent out by Tubman Middle School Principal Natasha Butler on Friday afternoon:[Read more…]

PBOT to request $6 million in state funds for Safe Routes to School projects

Avatar by on December 3rd, 2018 at 11:16 am

This street on SE 174th near Alder School along Portland’s eastern city limits will get sidewalks if a PBOT grant application is successful.

At city council on Wednesday the Portland Bureau of Transportation will request support for a grant to the Oregon Department of Transportation to fund three Safe Routes to School projects in east Portland.
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$16 million up for grabs statewide to build safer routes to schools

Avatar by on August 2nd, 2018 at 11:01 am

Getting to school in north Portland’s Overlook neighborhood.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

The State of Oregon has opened up a new grant program to fund projects that make it easier to walk, bike, and roll to schools.
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