September 14th, 2010 | Published in Urbanist
Capitol Hill Elementary, Southwest Portland
Thursday, Sept. 9 – 2 p.m.
Photos by Lisa Bauso
Capitol Hill Elementary has one of the lowest bike and walk “mode shares” of the 72 schools participating in the Safe Routes to School program – only 10 percent of the school’s 350 students walk or bike. “Part of it is there are no sidewalks,” said Patti Henry, the parent of a 3rd-grader.
Twice a week, Henry also has to be at work by 7:30 a.m., which makes it difficult for her to walk or bike the 1½-mile distance with her daughter.
“I rode my bike every single day: elementary, junior, and high school,” Henry said. “The fact that my daughter doesn’t – I’m really struggling with it.”