Resources for your school trip
The school trip looks different this year after last year's distant and hybrid learning. Safe Routes to School has many resources to help you design a school trip that works for you. Below is information about walking, biking, carpooling, and taking transit. Whichever way you decide to go, get there safely.
Neighborhood maps feature pedestrian paths, transit stops, libraries, parks and other community resources. If you need help figuring out your route, use the maps below or contact us.
The digital bike map shows bike shops, biking options such as neighborhood greenways and protected bike lanes, as well as difficult intersections and connections.
How-to Guides for Walk + Roll Groups
From the Safe Routes to School National Partnership:
- Walking School Bus Guide - find a friend to join you, pick a route, & walk to school
- Bike Train Program - find a friend to join you, pick a route, & bike to school
- Park & Walk Program - drive to a location a few minutes away from school & walk the rest of the way
Walking to school
Biking to school
Riding transit to school
Carpooling to school
Pairing up with a classmate's family to drive to school together can help reduce the amount of traffic around your school...and helps share the responsibility of getting kids to school. Remember to follow CDC recommendations: clean surfaces, wash your hands, wear face coverings, and roll down windows for good air circulation.
Traffic Safety Education Videos
Four 1-minute videos that address top traffic safety issues in Portland. Originally they were created for private for-hire drivers, but include information relevant for everyone who drives in Portland.
Need some inspiration or how-to information? Here are some fun, informative Safe Routes videos.
Tips to share on social media
Safe Routes created social media posts with tips for walking, biking, pod-pooling, riding transit, and parking then walking to school.
Report a homeless campsite
The City’s Impact Reduction Program (IRP) has been working to ensure that campsites do not impede the safe access of students to school as they return to in-person learning this fall. The IRP is working closely with our staff and school district safety personnel to monitor camping on designated school transportation routes.
The presence of individuals experiencing houselessness near a school is not inherently dangerous. In areas where potential hazards in/around campsites are identified the City may respond by sending in crews to mitigate the hazard, placing signage identifying the area as a route to school, daily waste service collection, or campsite removal.
Connect with us
Want to start walking, biking, or rolling groups at your school? Or carpools? Safe Routes to School can serve as a support and resource for you to get moving.
Reach out to us and we will see how we can help:
Phone: 503-823-1171 (message line)