The Regional Safe Routes to School Framework and its associated maps are posted below!
Safe Routes to School is a national effort to encourage students and families to walk and bicycle to school, improving transportation safety through targeted infrastructure improvements and enforcement, walking and biking safety education, and encouragement programs. In the Portland region, local cities and school districts have been independently involved in Safe Routes to School efforts for many years. With diminished federal funding for Safe Routes to School, local jurisdictions are increasingly seeking financial assistance for funding Safe Routes to School activities. In 2015, Oregon Metro, the Portland area’s regional metropolitan planning organization, funded the Regional Safe Routes to School Framework through a Regional Travel Options (RTO) grant awarded to the Safe Routes Partnership.
The Regional Safe Routes to School Framework project, produced in collaboration with Alta Planning + Design, collected data about current and historic funding and programming; identified the schools with the greatest need for safety improvements, the greatest potential impact, and equity needs; produced School Area Maps for each school in the Portland Metro region; identified best practices for regional Safe Routes to School programs; and proposed next steps for Metro to support local jurisdictions’ efforts around Safe Routes to School and school transportation.
In June 2016, Metro approved $1.5 million of regional flexible funds to be spent on Safe Routes to School initiatives beginning in 2019.
Metro Safe Routes to School Framework – Final Report (PDF, 6.3MB) [updated 2/13/17]
A note about the School Area Maps sets:
A “School Area Map” was developed for each school in the Portland Metro region to show existing conditions and existing infrastructure around the schools. These maps are intended to act as base maps to help local practitioners hold a walk audit or develop a school Action Plan. They do not recommend specific routes to school, but rather show the existence of pedestrian and bicycle facilities. They can be used in combination with tips for route finding to help parents and guardians determine how best to get to school with their children.
The maps show the one-mile walking area from the school, as well as sidewalks, bus stops, bicycle facilities, and points of interest such as libraries, city halls, and community centers. The maps only represent data that are readily available region-wide; local sidewalk or destination information was not collected as part of this project.
All School Area Maps are PDFs.
Centennial SD – School Area Maps [updated 2/13/17]
Tigard-Tualatin SD – School Area Maps [updated 2/13/17]