Safe Route to School on City of Portland, Unimproved Right of Way

Along 30th Avenue between Wilbard & Maricara Streets

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Safe Route To School\Community Trail along the 30th Avenue unimproved right-of-way (permit application pending)

A "visionary plan," in light of the upcoming transportation, zoning & increased population with vehicles in our community, to provide a safer alternate route for neighborhood children and the greater community walking or biking north or south through our neighborhood.”

Markham Neighborhood called a "special" meeting on June 10th with City officials to discuss the latest plans PBOT, ODOT, BES and TriMet have in our neighborhood as well as MKNA's pending trail permit application to build a Safe Route To School & community trail. Many incorrect statements have circulated in social media sites that necessitate a conversation about what is fact and what is NOT fact related to this project intended to safe lives, connect our neighborhoods and enrich our livability. Ask questions, receive factual and correct answers and give the City feedback on it's plans for our neighborhood. Issues to discuss will include:

  • City zone changes to allow residential infill (home\lot divisions, trailer parking, ADUs, Air B&B’s?
  • PBOT\Green Street bike\pedestrian lanes (35th\Ridge to 26th\Stanley) NO parking on Stanley?
  • New I-5\Barbur Blvd. light rail & rapid transit bus routes (downtown to Tigard\Bridgeport)?
  • PBOT both sides of 26th widened by 9’ (Taylors to Barbur) for sidewalks & bike lane?
  • ODOT I-5 northbound toll point (near Taylors exit) - could cause more traffic in neighborhood?
  • TriMet projected growth of 75,000 people in next 15 years?
  • PBOT & ODOT data on traffic volume, crashes, injuries and fatalities in neighborhood?
  • PBOT Vision Zero pedestrian injury\fatality statistics for vehicle speeds of 20, 30 & 40 mph?
  • City\BES changes to environmental zone\residential building\remodeling including Quail Creek?
  • Safe route to school\community trail application (Jackson MS\Maricara Park (south) & TriMet (north)
  • Trail permit application facts vs. false information i.e. “trail paid by tax dollars,” “trees cut down,” “unsafe crossing,” “environmental issues,” “trespassing,” “encroachment” & MORE to be covered.

The goal of this project is to provide children and walkers a safe route to walk to Jackson Middle School.

Currently, the majority of children in Markham Neighborhood that walk to Jackson Middle School walk along the 30 mph speed zone (recently changed from 35 mph) along 35th Avenue & Huber Streets where they must cross the busy intersection at 35th & Huber Street. Much of the road does not contain an adequate shoulder for children to walk safely when vehicles pass them and there are sections where children must walk in the street altogether. What parent would not want the safest route to school for their child?

By using the City of Portland unimproved Right-Of-Way (ROW) along 30th Avenue, children bypass these streets and approach Jackson Middle School at 35th & Maricara Street where there is a school crossing with rapid flashing beacons in a 20 mph. school speed zone.

Currently, a fence encroaches the City's ROW at the Northern entrance closest to Wilbard Street. Therefore, children are not able to access this safer route to school. MKNA has made multiple attempts to communicate with the homeowner to explore how the fence could be moved to provide adequate room for children to safely walk to school using the ROW. To date, MKNA has not been able to work something out where the homeowner retains the majority of his fence "as is" and a small section is moved to give children safe passage to school.

What needs to be done:

Fence moved back at SW 30th & Wilbard.

Urban Trails Program permit needs to be granted. (View copy of application submitted.)

Volunteers to help prepare the trail and lay gravel along trail. (Grindings from ODOT road construction will be donated for this project. Purchase of clean gravel may be needed to cross culvert pipe at an approximate cost of $400.)

Urban Trails Program Process

Trails Request Form

Urban Trails Coordinator or (503) 823-4414

BOONES FERRY CULVERT PROJECT will divert traffic onto Stephenson and 35th Avenue thereby increasing the traffic in front of Jackson Middle School and the busy 4-way stop at Huber & 35th Avenue in a 30 mph zone compounding an already dangerous route for children walking to school. The project is expected to begin in the Spring of 2018 and last about 9 months. More information can be obtained by visiting the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) webpage for the Boones Ferry Project description and Boones Ferry Culvert Project Map.

City of Portland, Planning & Sustainability, Overlay Zones information