News Blog: How should Safe Routes to School spend $8 Million? Share your feedback at an Open House!

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“That was a very cool event, and oh so nice to see citizens being asked how they can make their communities better.” 

– Adrienne, a Beverly Cleary parent

(March 20, 2017) Two successful Safe Routes to School open houses are complete, but there are seven more to go!

We look forward to seeing YOU at your high school cluster open house. We need to hear from you how to spend $8 million on safety projects near schools. 

Through the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Fixing Our Streets program, Safe Routes to School is expecting to make a large investment in safety improvements around Portland schools in the next few years. This spring we're asking families to help us figure out what is needed most in your high school cluster.

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The Safe Routes to School program is hosting open house events across the city to listen to families about their routes to school and the barriers they face. At the most recent events, families from the Grant and Roosevelt High School clusters talked about speeding drivers, difficult crossings and arrival/dismissal traffic concerns. While at the open house, parents expressed why they walked or rolled...or didn't; what was their number one safety concern; and how far they would go out of their way for a safer crossing. They also drew their routes on school maps and learned just how much it costs to create their perfect intersection. 

Portland Public Schools was also there to share information about their web app that lets families share their safety  concerns online. We were also thrilled to have our friends from the organization Oregon Walks at the open house to invite families to join their upcoming community walks. Visit to see the schedule.

If your student attends a Portland Public or Parkrose school, we are hosting open house events (see the schedule below).

If you are not sure which high school cluster contains your school, check our list here.

  • Franklin - Tuesday, March 21 from 6-8pm - Arleta School, 5109 SE 66th Ave
  • Cleveland - Tuesday, April 4 from 6-8pm - Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Place
  • Madison - Wednesday, April 12 from 6-8pm - Scott School, 6700 NE Prescott
  • Parkrose - Tuesday, April 18 from 6-8pm - Parkrose MS, 11800 NE Shaver
  • Jefferson - Thursday, April 20 from 6-8pm - Ockley Green MS, 6031 N Montana
  • Wilson - Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8pm - Jackson MS, 10625 SW 35th Ave
  • Lincoln - Tuesday, May 2 from 6-8pm - Lincoln HS, 1600 SW Salmon St

Does your student attend a school in David Douglas, Reynolds, or Centennial school district (within the Portland city limits)? Safe Routes to School coordinators will be organizing various outreach events with the school community in these areas to gather feedback. Contact your coordinator for more information:

David Douglas - Xao Xiong,, 503-823-5358

Reynolds (Alder, Glenfair, & Margaret Scott) - Janis McDonald,, 503-823-5358

Centennial (Lynch View, Lynch Wood, Oliver, & Parklane) - Janis McDonald,, 503-823-5358

About Fixing Our Streets

On May 17th, 2016, Portland voters passed Measure 26-173, Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to fixing our streets. Measure 26-173 will raise an estimated $64 million over four years.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will invest this money in a wide variety of street improvement and safety projects across the entire city. Fixing Our Streets will help PBOT expand preventive street maintenance that saves money and prevents potholes. It will support our work to make it safer for children to walk to school. It will allow us to build more sidewalks, traffic signals, street lights and bike lanes.

In approving Measure 26-173, voters also voted for a transparent, accountable and efficient program. Click through each section to learn more about the projects included in this program - or visit the Fixing Our Streets interactive map.  Questions or comments about Fixing Our Streets may be submitted to: