With $8 million up for grabs, Portland kicks off series of Safe Routes to School open houses tonight
Have traffic safety concerns in your neighborhood that prevent you and your kids from biking to school? Listen up…
Thanks to the voter-approved, 10-cent increase in the local gas tax, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation expects to raise about $64 million over the next four years. The money will be spent on a wide range of projects between now and 2020. About $8 million of that total amount is set aside specifically for making it safer and easier for people to walk, bike, and roll to school. This is important because safety concerns are a major barrier to people when deciding how they’ll get their kids to school. The most recent City survey of people who live 1-2 miles away from their school found that 51 percent of respondents were concerned about traffic safety — more than any other limiting factor in their travel choice.
Now PBOT wants to hear your feedback to make sure this $8 million helps ameliorate those concerns.[Read more…]