How should Portland spend $8M to improve safe access around schools?

Provide input on Safe Routes to School in March & April to have your say

Fixing Our Streets is a locally-funded street repair and traffic safety initiative that will bring much needed street improvement and safety projects to neighborhoods across Portland. It is expected to provide approximately $8 million for school neighborhood improvements along walking and biking routes to school — around $500,000 dedicated to each High School cluster (including the elementary and middle schools that feed into a particular high school).

(c) Jonathan Maus, BikePortland

Tell them what you think needs to happen around the schools to make walking and rolling to school safer and easier. Portland’s robust Safe Routes to School team hasn’t ever had this much money to spend on safety projects around schools, and now is the time to weigh in — especially if you access a school in the Portland Public (PPS), Parkrose, David Douglas, Reynolds, or Centennial School Districts.

If your student attends a PPS or Parkrose school, you can attend an Open House event to provide input (see schedule below). For David Douglas, Centennial, and Reynolds schools within Portland city limits, Portland’s Safe Routes to School staff will be organizing engagement opportunities at your schools – learn more: bit.ly/OpenHouseSRTS.

HOW TO GET YOUR VOICE HEARD

  • Attend a SRTS Fixing Our Streets Open House (see dates below)
  • Attend a Walk Audit with SRTS (specific schools in Wilson Cluster only)
  • Attend a Walk Audit with Oregon Walks (specific Title I schools in PPS only)
    ‐ visit OregonWalks.org/HealthyTravel2School for details
  • Submit specific concerns at saferoutespdx.org (for PPS schools only)
  • Host a pop‐up open house at your school to collect comments from parents
    (SRTS will provide the materials!)

OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE

The purpose of the open house is to listen to families and school staff about safety concerns around their school, and to identify major routes used to walk and roll to the school.

Families and school staff are welcome to stop by any time between 6-8pm on the dates below.

Cluster Date Location SRTS Coordinator
Grant Tuesday, February 28 Sabin School, 4013 NE 18th Ave Janis McDonald
Roosevelt Tuesday, March 14 César Chávez School, 5103 N Willis Lale Santelices
Franklin Tuesday, March 21 Arleta School, 5109 SE 66th Ave Janis McDonald
Cleveland Tuesday, April 4 Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl Lale Santelices
Madison Wednesday, April 12 Scott School, 6700 NE Prescott Lale Santelices
Parkrose Tuesday, April 18 Parkrose MS, 11800 NE Shaver Janis McDonald
Jefferson Thursday, April 20 Ockley Green MS, 6031 N Montana Lale Santelices
Wilson Tuesday, April 25 Jackson MS, 10625 SW 35th Ave Janis McDonald
Lincoln Tuesday, May 2 Lincoln HS, 1600 SW Salmon St Lale Santelices

One thought on “How should Portland spend $8M to improve safe access around schools?

  1. The Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association wants to call your attention to streets adjacent and leading to Chief Joseph elementary school from Rosa Parks and Delaware, an intersection that has seen one death and bick rider paralyzed. These streets are in need of paving, sidewalks and sometimes both. A stop sign needs to be installed on Saratoga street adjacent to Chief Joseph.

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