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2021 School Travel Resources

School is back in session! On this page, Safe Routes to School offers resources for families and schools. Plan your trip to/from school and get there safely.
On this page

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.  


Section of the North Portland Bike/Walk Map showing St Johns to Columbia Park
A portion of the North Portland Bike/Walk Map

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.  

Portland Neighborhood Walking Maps

The digital bike map shows bike shops, biking options such as neighborhood greenways and protected bike lanes, as well as difficult intersections and connections.

Interactive Digital Citywide Bike Map 

How-to Guides for Walk + Roll Groups

From the Safe Routes to School National Partnership:

Walking to school

Safety Tips for your Walk to School

Portland Walking Guide

Biking to school

Portland Family Biking Guide

How to fit a helmet

Bike theft and how to prevent it

Riding transit to school

Tools for planning your transit route

What to know for your first transit trip

How to put your bike on a TriMet bus rack

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. 

Personal safety

Information about being an active bystander, and resources for reporting hate or bias incidents

Fun videos

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.  

One Point of Contact

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)

Facebook: @PBOTSafeRoutes
Instagram: @saferoutespdx