Healthy Travel Options to School
Join us this spring to improve walking conditions within the Portland Public Schools pedestrian network.
As part of The Healthy Travel Options to School Plan, we are partnering with Portland Public Schools and Safe Routes to School to lead 15 Community Walks to identify barriers to walking. We're focusing on addressing infrastructure equity gaps that directly impact the livelihood of historically underserved students and their families. This project aims to close infrastructure equity gaps, overcome cultural and physical barriers to walking or biking to school, reduce necessity for driving, and increase safety within the Portland Public Schools student active transportation network.
The Community Walks will correspond with Community Open Houses by high school cluster that Safe Routes to Schools will co-host with Portland Public Schools. More information on the Community Open Houses will follow in early spring 2017.
HTOTS includes three elements:
1. Public outreach: Oregon Walks will be leading community walks at 15 schools, and the Safe Routes to School Program will be coordinating open houses in each high school cluster. These are opportunities for your families to provide input directly on the needs in their school community around safe and healthy transportation options. Anyone interested in attending is welcome!
2. SafeRoutesPDX phone app: There is a new app aimed at receiving input, and also to help you find your safest route. The application is offered in five languages, and is interactive so that you can provide feedback directly on a range of barriers in your walking environment.
3. Walk + Bike to School Challenge: Oregon Walks will work with the 15 schools to develop a school wide challenge this spring to get more kids walking!
More information coming soon about dates and volunteer opportunities!