Safe Routes: News & Updates

International Walk + Roll to School Day

International Walk + Roll to School Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2, 2019. This event encourages families to thousands of schools across the country in walking or rolling to school.

This year, the Safe Routes to School team will be celebrating at Menlo Park Elementary School. There will be games, special guests, hot chocolate, and more! We hope to see you there. View flyer for more details

If you would like to plan a Walk + Roll event for October 2 at your school, visit this page to learn more and order free incentives from Safe Routes to School.

East Glisan Street Update

Safer crossings, speeds, bus stops, and travel options on NE Glisan Street from NE 102nd to 162nd avenues in Portland, Oregon.

Feedback from the community involvement phase of this project that took place summer 2018

What PBOT heard
What PBOT is doing

Ability to use center turn lane for left turns identified as an important feature by residents

Design treatments maintain center turn lane

Difficulty crossing the street with fast moving traffic

Pedestrian crossings either feature yellow rapid flashing beacons or red “STOP” signal indication for drivers (also known as a pedestrian hybrid beacon).  Crosswalk locations have been prioritized in front of schools.

Merging into one lane creates frustration and road rage

Our street design doesn’t prioritize a specific lane for merging (ex. “right lane ends”).  Instead, drivers will take turns merging in what is known as a zipper merge.  This has been shown to reduce road rage and improve safety in places where it has been used.

Concerns that driving times will be impacted beyond what PBOT expects

PBOT has released a “East Glisan Street Update Evaluation Guide” to provide transparent information for how we intend to measure success on the corridor.

Concerns about cut-through traffic on local streets

PBOT will be collecting data and monitoring traffic on side streets.  PBOT also has several traffic calming projects forthcoming in surrounding neighborhoods.

For more information visit this website