PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Kids across the country are walking and riding their bikes to school on Wednesday for the International Walk and Roll to School Day.
Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw, the Portland Trail Blazers mascot, Portland Bureau of Transportation and other community partners visited Menlo Park Elementary School as children arrived.
Students and their parents enjoyed a photo booth, treats and lawn games as well as informational resources from PBOT.
PBOT will be talking about the East Glisan Street Update Project which includes a new crosswalk right in front of Menlo Park Elementary. PBOT asks people to slow down while driving near schools every day, and International Walk and Roll day highlights that effort.
Ben Kabachis rode his bike to school with many of his classmates and dad John skateboarding beside him.
“My kid is an outdoor kid so if he’s not out on his bike something might be wrong,” John Kabachis said. “I grew up doing it myself so I think more people should. Like you said gets you outdoors — gets you going.”
Unfortunately for Ben and his dad, riding and walking along that section of Northeast Glisan east of I-205 can be dangerous.
It is among the most dangerous road anywhere in Portland in terms of vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle crashes. The city is spending $400,000 on Glisan to slow traffic down. They will be extending elevated concrete platforms into traffic lanes, adding flickering crossing lights, leaving space near the curb for bikes and walkers and scooting parked cars away from the curb — protecting people from traffic.
“It sends a signal to you that there’s people in this area so slow down — look out for people walking across the street — maybe biking nearby,” Dylan Rivera with the PBOT.