Safe Routes to School

The Clackamas County Safe Routes to School program helps create safe walking, rolling and bicycling conditions for K-12 students.

The program is funded by a Regional Travel Options grant from Metro. Goals of this project include: 

  • Building program awareness and promoting active transportation
  • Expanding bicycle, pedestrian, and driver education
  • Collaborating with various partners while evaluating the process

Upcoming activities and programs include: 

  • Walk and Roll encouragement activities
  • Annual poster art contest
  • Walking School Bus groups
  • Educational opportunities and funding information
  • School action plan creations and updates
Safe Routes to School
Drive to Zero
The Street Trust
Metro

What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes to School makes communities safer, healthier, and more fun by combining route improvements, traffic enforcement, safety education and activities to encourage students to walk or roll to schools. We work with communities and schools to build a comprehensive program using the "6 Es":

Equity Equity
Assurance that all residents have access to and can take advantage of the resources provided through the program, including low-income and multi-cultural communities. See Metro Strategic plan to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion.
Education Education
Community members can learn how to get safely to school, transportation options available, and how to be safe walking, biking, and driving on our the roads.
  • The Street Trust has information on bicycle and pedestrian safety education, as well as other programs such as the JumpStart bike fleet.
Engineering Engineering
Engineering addresses the physical environment around schools to create safe and accessible places for walking, biking and rolling.
  • ODOT lists multiple program opportunities for infrastructure improvements.
Encouragement Encouragement
Ongoing special events encourage parents and children to walk, bike, skate, scoot or roll to school. Some of the current programs include Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day. 
Enforcement Enforcement
Safer traffic conditions help parents feel comfortable about their children walking and biking to school. Enforcement can work to ensure traffic laws are obeyed around schools using various methods, including enforcing traffic violations, enforcing speed limits and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Evaluation Evaluation
In order to implement and build upon a SRTS program, data collection using various methods, such as parent surveys, student in-class tallies and other effective strategies, is important. This information helps track trends and monitor program outcomes. Evaluation resources include:

Get involved!

To learn more about how you can support Safe Routes to School, contact:

Completed Action Plans

Clackamas County Resources

Benefits

Healthy Living
Healthy Living
Walking, biking, and rolling are great ways to get more physical activity.
Better Educational Achievement
Better Educational Achievement
Students who are active in the morning arrive at school focused and ready to learn.
Cleaner Aira and Water
Cleaner Air and Water
Walking, biking, and rolling are sustainable modes of transportation that don't produce air pollution.
Less Traffic
Less Traffic
More students walking, biking and rolling to school means less congestion around schools, which is safer and healthier for everyone.
Increased Social Interaction
Increased Social Interactions
Walking, biking, and rolling get families outside and talking with their neighbors.
Cost Effective
Cost-Effective
Walking, biking, and rolling are inexpensive ways to get around and require little upfront or maintenance costs.

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Other Resources

  • National Center for Safe Routes to School
  • This is a great resource for training opportunities and program materials. It also houses tools for collecting data and can generate automatic reports.
  • Safe Routes to School National Partnership
    This group offers expertise, a national support network, and know-how to help make communities and schools safer, healthier, and more active.
  • Oregon Safe Routes to School
    Information about different programs, resources, events, and funding opportunities.
  • Safe Routes to School Regional Framework
    This Metro Regional Government framework for regional SRTS provides an assessment of existing initiatives and recommended actions to make walking and biking to school easier across the Portland metropolitan area.
  • The Street Trust
    An advocacy organization that promotes healthy and thriving communities where it is safe and easy for people to bike, walk and ride public transit. Their website includes information about walk and bike events, curriculum, rules of the road, and safe streets advocacy opportunities.
  • Oregon Department of Transportation
    Information on ODOT grant opportunities for infrastructure and non-infrastructure programs.
  • SMART - Wilsonville
    City of Wilsonville effort to increase use of walking, biking, scootering, skating and transit (active transportation) for transportation to and from school at Wilsonville schools. 

 

Success Stories from Clackamas County

Bilquist Elementary
Pedestrian education was offered at Bilquist Elementary in the North Clackamas School District and River Grove Elementary in the Lake Oswego School District. Over 150 second graders learned safety tips about managing themselves as walkers on the first day of instruction and then put that into practice on a community walk the second day.

Bilquist School

Oak Creek Elementary
Oak Creek Elementary held a bicycle safety event that included lessons about turning, spacing, shifting, and rider control. A mechanic was on hand to do bike checks and adjustments. The twelve participants, and several parent volunteers, concluded the two-day workshop with a ride around the neighborhood.

Oak Creek School

Lot Whitcomb Elementary
In collaboration with Clackamas County and the neighborhood Community Planning Organization (CPO), Lot Whitcomb Elementary School developed a SRTS Action Plan in 2016.  The Action Plan included priority infrastructure projects within the school walk zone and served as a basis to successfully apply for funding through the statewide infrastructure grant program established by Keep Oregon Moving (House Bill 2017).  The new crosswalk at SE Fuller Rd and SE Causey Ave. was one of only 24 awards from 112 applicants from across the state during the first grant cycle in 2018.  

Lot Whitcomb School

2021 Poster Art Contest Results

During the Spring of 2021, 35 elementary and middle school students submitted original artwork highlighting the reasons they walk, bike, skateboard or wheel.  Entries included hand drawings, paintings and computer generated artwork.  The County Pedestrian and Bikeway Advisory Committee selected the below winners based on originality, visual design, composition and clear communication of contest theme.  These winners will be featured through the Clackamas County Arts Alliance Exhibit program at a public building in the fall of 2021.  Awards were handed out in three age groups: K–2, 3–5 and 6–8.

  • 1st place: $100 gift card
  • 2nd place: $50 gift card
  • 3rd place: $25 gift card

Questions or more information
Contact Nicole Perry, Clackamas County SRTS Coordinator
503-318-2489
nicoleperry@thestreettrust.org

K-2 Grades

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1st place
Elijah Rozell

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2nd place
Tristan Hao

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3rd place
Clover Haley

3-5 Grades

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1st place
Sabrina Hayashi

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2nd place
Hailey Allen

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2nd place
Alexis Terry

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3rd place
Miujiza Bella

6-8 Grades

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1st place
Aubree Edson

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2nd place
Jennifer Bettancourt

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3rd place
Helena Brower