Press Release: March to Metro

Families and Children Marched to Metro to Demand $15M for Safe Routes to School
Thousands of public comment cards submitted in support of safe routes to school for every kid!


PORTLAND, OR— Today, Thursday, February 18th, families, youth, and groups in the Metro area joined cities and school districts demanding $15 million to fund safe routes to school for every kid in the metro-area. At the Metro Council office building, from 7:30-8:30 a.m., families and supporters of the For Every Kid Coalition showed support for Safe Routes to School by providing testimony and delivering thousands of postcards to committee members supporting dedicated funding for Safe Routes to School. Submission of Public Comment was completed through thousands of post cards delivered on document rings to each member of the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT). These post cards show the thousands of supporters behind Safe Routes to School For Every Kid.

Velia Mendoza and her seven year old daughter, Karen, testified in support of safe routes to school to JPACT. (in Spanish, through a translator)

“When I take my daughter to school there are no sidewalks to protect us and we feel very unsafe. This is why I’m asking you for $15 million for safe routes to school.”

Supporters came from around the metro area to urge the Joint Policy Action Committee on Transportation to dedicate critical funding to fix the problems. Transit Safety Advocate Dr. Susan Kubota, Parent and Supporter Rachel Kimbrow, and Parkrose School District Board Member MaryLu Baetkey were all present to speak to the importance of a fully funded Safe Routes to School program.

Metro Councilor Bob Stacey also spoke and showed his support for the For Every Kid campaign.

“I’m going to vote yes for the $15 million. We need safe routes to school for every kid and to every school!”

“In April, Metro Council will decide how to spend some regional transportation dollars. We are urging them to dedicate $15M to make safe routes to school. We are here today to educate and inspire our community and decision makers that we can make our streets safe for kids and families, but we must prioritize it,” said Christna Palacios, community organizer for the Community Alliance of Tenants, mother of two in Fairview, and For Every Kid Coalition Leader.

Kids and families who most need opportunities for physical activity don’t have the necessary safe infrastructure—sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes—in their communities to support a healthy childhood. Metro area neighborhoods have many safety needs, and parents and kids aim to show decision makers the impact.

“For me, being able to walk to school safely and take the bus to volunteer opportunities is very important. Not only that I can feel more empowered as a young person, but it’s also important to me and my peers’ health. Being able to walk more, bike more, and take public transit to school means that we have opportunities to be active and get our daily exercise,” said Yvette Dumer, 15 year old and sophomore at Franklin High.

For Every Kid coalition and supporters march to Metro Council.

For Every Kid coalition and supporters march to Metro Council.

For Every Kid coalition and supporters line up outside of Metro Council after delivering thousands of public comment cards in support of safe routes to school.

For Every Kid coalition and supporters line up outside of Metro Council after delivering thousands of public comment cards in support of safe routes to school.

Metro Councilor Bob Stacey supports Safe Routes to School For Every KId.

Metro Councilor Bob Stacey supports Safe Routes to School For Every KId.

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