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Pedestrian Safety Basics in East Portland

Sunshine and sunglasses: Martin Luther King, Jr. recap

A warm and sunshine-filled afternoon welcomed parents and students on our Martin Luther King, Jr. School walk. With school dismissed students were eager to get the walk started and help lead us on our route. Students and parents pointed out some concern areas along with some creative solutions, such as repairing the flashing beacon, on NE Alberta St, warning drivers of the 20 mph school zone speed limit.

Park and Walk: Whitman recap

A bright and sunny morning welcomed the Whitman walkers as we made our way from a nearby parking area to the school. Since many families drop students off, we held our first “Park and Walk,” to be as open as possible to the various ways people get to school. We had people arrive at the parking lot by foot, car, cargo bike, and even scooter!

Flowers and lakes: Woodmere Recap


Sunny weather and flowers set the tone as we held our walk following the school spring plant sale and students picked flowers along the walk route. Even with the sunshine there were many puddles along our route causing us to serpentine our way through the neighborhood.

An Earth Day Community Walk: Rigler Recap

Rigler Elementary was bustling with activities on Earth Day but parents and students still found time to join us on a community walk. We were delighted to see the school active with soccer games, a garden clean up and other earth day events. However, it was unfortunate to hear the challenges of getting to and from school and how they impact not just parents and students but also those who live in the neighborhood. 

Puddles and Timbers at the Scott Elementary Community Walk

Oregon Walks hosted our biggest Healthy Travel Options to School Community Walk, so far, at Scott Elementary on Wednesday, April 19. The walk had a huge turnout from parents, students, and school staff. We were also joined on the walk by Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Director Leah Treat and staff from the Safe Routes to School team, Community Cycling Center, and Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and Timber Joey in an effort to better understand how students get to and from school and challenges they face.

Community Walks Recap: Cesar Chavez Elementary


With our biggest turnout of students, so far,  Cesar Chavez Elementary Community Walk was an incredibly fun success. School staff was able to join and lead us on a typical walking route students use to get home. They were also able to share with us some of the issues the students and parents face when walking to and from school, the most urgent being the need to improve the crossing at N Fessenden St and the Peninsula Crossing Trail. Other issues including the need to restripe the crosswalks located in front of the school. Read below for more from our walk recap. 

(For more background on the Community Walks as part of the Healthy Travel Options to School Plan, see our blog post about Rosa Parks Elementary or visit our programs page here.)

Community Walks Recap: Sitton Elementary

In non-typical Portland fashion, the rain was a no-show for our Community Walk at the Sitton Elementary School. Parents, students, and teachers joined us for a stroll through the neighborhood and shared the challenges they face getting to and from school, and what would make it easier for them and their kids.

(For more background on the Community Walks as part of the Healthy Travel Options to School Plan, see our blog post about Rosa Parks Elementary or visit our programs page here.)