As the school year begins, the City invites school families to learn more about its Safe Routes To School (SRTS) projects. SRTS projects help make our community safer for children and families who walk or roll to school. Learn more about the program through these recently developed Story Maps in English and Spanish.
The national program has many partners on the national, state and local level. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation works to encourage local agencies to reduce barriers for pedestrian and bicycle access to schools. The Story Maps contain links to learn more about these programs and funding.
At the local level, the City of Hood River is partnering with the Hood River County School District, Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) and ODOT to help make your child’s commute to school as safe and enjoyable as possible.
Since 2018, a number of projects were initiated and are now complete. This year, the City of Hood River has teamed up with ODOT, HRCSD, HRV Parks & Rec, MCEDD, Columbia Area Transit (CAT), and Portland-based planning firm Alta Planning and Design to create and adopt an actionable city-wide Safe Routes to School recommendation packet.
A community wide survey and walk audit have been completed and Story Maps list the community’s top concerns and input. Also this year, the City’s Transportation System Plan was amended to include changes and additions the list of pedestrian and bicycle projects
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an important part of the annual City Council Work Plan. The primary goal of this project is to create “neighborhood to school” connections for students who walk and ride bikes to school.
Learn more about the program through these recently developed Story Maps in English and Spanish.