The Oregon Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program includes education, construction, planning and equity work offered through collaboration between many agencies, community members, and practitioners to promote livable, vibrant communities that increase physical activity, social connection, and educational opportunities around walking and rolling.
History ODOT SRTS
Oregon has been committed to helping communities implement Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program for over 20 years:
- 2001: House Bill 3712 passes, which pushes local public agencies to reduce barriers for children walking or biking to schools.
- 2003: ORS 195.115 is enacted into law, requiring that local governments and schools collaborate on how to best promote walking, biking, and skating to schools.
- 2005: Oregon House Bill 2742 creates a statewide SRTS Program to utilize federal funding from the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.
- 2012: The Federal funding is folded into the more general Surface Transportation Program (STP). ODOT continues to allocate STP funds to help local SRTS programs.
- 2017: The Oregon Legislature passes a $5.3 billion transportation package, which funds millions of dollars for schools to improve miles of sidewalks and bike lanes through SRTS programs.
- 2018: ODOT SRTS convenes the first Safe Routes Advisory Committee.
- 2019: ODOT SRTS Education program increased its distribution of federal funding, doubling the program’s annual budget to $1 million.
- 2020: Deliberate collaboration between the Construction and Education arms of the program begins, with an increased focus on SRTS Strategy. Schools closed in spring due to global pandemic.
- 2023: SRTS Construction funding will increase to $15 million annually.
- 2024: SRTS Education funding will increase to $1.33 million annually.