Support expansion of Safe Routes to School in Portland budget: Public Hearing 5/20

City of Portland will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00pm at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave., to consider items for the 2015-16 Budget. The City of Portland is considering the Mayor’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year (FY15-16), including $41 million in additional revenue one-time considerations. Numerous requests in the budget will support Safe Routes to School expansion as well as pedestrian safety improvements and access to transit for all Portlanders. Your support of these important budget items in the City of Portland’s budget needs to be heard. Please write the Mayor and City Council about the budget (sample email below), and plan to attend the Public Hearing on 5/20 if you’re able. kids crossing street Funding requests in the FY15-16 budget will support pedestrian safety and access to transit, including:

  • Expansion of the City’s nationally-acclaimed Safe Routes to School program, into middle and high schools and better serving the needs of lower-income schools;
  • Safety improvements on 122nd Ave in East Portland, and other known high crash corridors;
  • Funding for Youth Bus Pass for Portland Public High School students;
  • Improvements for completion of bicycle and pedestrian networks and neighborhood greenways; and
  • Support of Vision Zero outreach and education work in Portland.

Tell Mayor Hales and City Council why budget allocations that support expansion of the successful Safe Routes to School program, and investment in safe walking and bicycling routes — including access to schools, town centers, and transit for jobs — are important for Portlanders and will benefit students in the City of Portland, as well as the many people who rely on walking and safe transit access, and are in dire need of pedestrian safety improvements Speak up in support of City of Portland’s budget requests. Please attend the Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 20, at 6:00pm. City Hall, Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97204.

If you are unable to make it to the hearing, please send an email today: Mailtomayorcharliehales@portlandoregon.gov, amanda@portlandoregon.gov, dan@portlandoregon.gov, novick@portlandoregon.gov, nick@portlandoregon.gov Bcc: kari@saferoutespartnership.org Subject: Budget: Please prioritize $300,000 for Safer & Healthier Children Dear Mayor Hales and Portland City Commissioners, Thank you for including funding requests in the FY15-16 budget that will support pedestrian safety and access to transit, including:

  • Expansion of the City’s nationally-acclaimed Safe Routes to School program, into middle and high schools and better serving the needs of lower-income schools;
  • Safety improvements on 122nd Ave in East Portland, and other known high crash corridors;
  • Funding for Youth Bus Pass for Portland Public High School students;
  • Improvements for completion of bicycle and pedestrian networks and neighborhood greenways; and
  • Support of Vision Zero outreach and education work in Portland.

Please vote to include an increased budget request for $300,000 to expand on the successful Safe Routes to School program in Portland. This investment will reach over 10,000 students, paying off in the long-term with a healthier, more active city, particularly among youth of color and those from lower-income families. Thank you for providing funding in support of the continuation of safe, healthy, and equitable choice in transportation in the City of Portland. Sincerely,

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