Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School logoState, county and city officials and residents recognize the benefits of active transportation and are taking steps to encourage walking, biking and using transit more often. Active transportation promotes community health, reduces traffic congestion, and improves community livability. 

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program plays an important role in this process. It brings transportation and education leaders together to encourage children to walk and bike safely to school as part of a healthy daily routine.

In September 2013, Washington County was awarded a $150,000 non-infrastructure grant from the Oregon Safe Routes to School Program to fund a SRTS coordinator for three years. This coordinator will help boost the number of SRTS programs and activities throughout the county while building valuable SRTS partnerships among city and county agencies, schools, community organizations, and neighborhoods. The SRTS coordinator will lead these partners in coordination efforts as well as leverage expertise, resources and program elements that consider the "5 E's of Safe Routes to School."

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The 5 E’s

The national SRTS Program uses a proven, multi-strategy approach called the Five E‘s to promote safe travel to and from school.

Who Benefits? Everyone!

  • Safe Routes to School takes steps to improve the safety, visibility, accessibility and convenience of key routes to and from school. And it’s fun!

  • Skill building activities for students and the community will help identify and overcome barriers to getting to school in ways other than driving while also keeping everyone safe!

  • Walking and biking are positive social activities that build knowledge of the neighborhood and its members.

  • More students walking and biking to school increases the “people presence” in your neighborhood. More eyes and ears on the street create a safer neighborhood and even slow down cars.

  • Students who walk and bike to school develop healthy life-long skills, safety habits, confidence, and independence.

  • Regular physical activity is fun and improves mental and physical health: a walk to school = one more child ready to learn!

  • Less traffic congestion in and around the school means improved traffic safety and reduced air pollution.

  • Safe Routes to School builds healthier students, creative energy, leadership and a community where people want to live!
Working Together
How you can help!

Washington County’s SRTS program relies on many partners working together to improve safety and encourage walking and biking to school. Please join us on this mission!

People that are key to planning a successful SRTS program include students, parents, teachers, school officials, community officials (police, engineers, health experts), bike and pedestrian advocates and neighborhood groups.   

If you have an interest in being a partner, call or email one of our SRTS representatives!

Washington County SRTS Contacts

    Joy Chang                                               Shelley Oylear
(503) 846-3873                                          (503) 846-7819    

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