International Walk and Bike to School Day: Portland

portland_bike.jpgBy way of Clarence Eckerson, who is always keeping an eye on Portland, BikePortland has coverage of International Walk and Bike to School Day.

Did we celebrate that holiday in New York City? I was on a plane all day so, if we did, I missed it. At any rate, Walk and Bike to School Day was clearly a big deal in Portland. The Mayor, the transportation commissioner and lots of other local bigs showed up to pay tribute.

BikePortland has a nice photo gallery.

And for a little bit of historical context on Portland, check out Eckerson’s Street Film: The Defeat of the Mt. Hood Freeway.

  • Greg Raisman

    Thanks for highlighting Portland’s Walk + Bike to School Day. Jonathan’s photos are great. There’s also a story on our isharetheroad.com page. Additionally, there’s a super sweet photo here: http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=116009226875163600

    The event is an international one. In Oregon, 90 schools and over 20,000 kids participated. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Willamette Pedestrian Coalition deserve a lot of credit for making it happen.

    The best news for me that day was that one of our Safe Routes to School elementary schools had 298 kids walking and biking to school. 75% of their students!!!

    Thanks for helping to get kids walking and biking in New York.

    Greg Raisman
    Community and School Traffic Safety Partnership
    Portland Office of Transportation

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