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Kids, leaders, get ready to walk, bike and roll
Portland transportation and education leaders will walk, bike and roll to school with kids at Lent K-8 School on Wednesday.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 is International Walk and Bike to School Day, and Portland is celebrating with a show of support by dignitaries including Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick; Portland Public Schools Board Member Mike Rosen; Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat, Dr. Jeff Stanley (Kaiser); Elizabeth Engberg (Kaiser Thriving Schools); Capt. Kelli Sheffer (Portland Police); Steph Noll (Bicycle Transportation Alliance); Margaux Mennesson (SRTS National Partnership); and Cory Poole (NW Skate Coalition).
The dignitaries will follow walking trains and bike trains from Lents Park to Bloomington Park to Lent School, 5105 S.E. 97th Ave.
Then they'll give remarks at the school, also celebrating the success of the Portland Safe Routes to Schools program, which since 2005 has grown to serve more than 100 elementary, K-8 and middle schools across five school districts and reach more than 40,000 students.
Today 43.6 percent of trips to school in Portland are on foot or by bike, an increase of 35 percent from a decade ago.
For more: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40511.