News Advisory: Back-to-School Crosswalk Safety Demonstration at Cesar Chavez K-8 with PBOT, ODOT, Metro, Portland Police and Sasquatch

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(Aug. 30, 2016) Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat, Oregon Department of Transportation Region 1 Manager Rian Windsheimer and Sasquatch from the “Oregonian Crossing” safety campaign will cross the street with students heading to school at Cesar Chavez K-8. The Portland Police Bureau will provide additional enforcement as families arrive for school.

Who:  Transportation Director Leah Treat, Oregon Department of Transportation Region 1 Manager Rian Windsheimer and Sasquatch.

What:  Crosswalk safety engagement with children and parents.

When:  7:30 to 8:15 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

Where:  Marked crosswalk at N Willis Blvd & N Courtenay Ave in front of Caesar Chavez School.(Aug. 30, 2016) 

VIDEO Oregonian Crossing:

You never know who you might see in a crosswalk

Sasquatch video

Every intersection is a crosswalk, whether it is marked or not, so everyone driving needs to stop for people attempting to cross. Near schools, people driving need to be especially mindful and watch out for parents and children walking and biking.

As students head back to school, it’s particularly important to obey traffic laws and drive safely in school zones. Drivers should also be aware that Portland Police Bureau officers will be at every school during the first few weeks of the school year to enforce school speed zones and other traffic laws.

ODOT and Metro’s “Every intersection is a crosswalk” campaign can be seen on TriMet buses, in bus shelters, as well as on postcards, posters, yard signs and social media. A recently released safety video featuring Sasquatch reinforces the message that people (and other mythical creatures) have the right of way when they show intent to cross the street.


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