History of Safe Routes in Oregon
Oregon has been committed to helping communities implement SRTS program for over 16 years:
- 2001: House Bill 3712 passes, which pushes local public agencies to reduce barriers for pedestrians and bicycle access 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 Safe Routes to School Program to utilize federal funding from SAFETEA-LU.
- 2012: The federal funding folds 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. SRTS Strategy begins. 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. *
Continuing to Grow and Expand: ODOT SRTS Strategic Needs Assessment
The ODOT SRTS Program gathered feedback from program partners and school community members throughout 2021. The team used this feedback to hone the program’s vision, brainstorm new strategies and create work plans.
The draft Strategic Needs Assessment directs the ODOT SRTS team’s work over the next five years, with the goal to implement a comprehensive program throughout the state. Tell us what you think using this short form! This draft document will remain open through December 2021, with revisions planned for early 2022.