It’s a train! A plane! A… walking school bus?

Milton-Freewater School District pilots a unique – safe – way to school

Here is an example of a street in Milton-Freewater near Gib Olinger Elementary that will get sidewalks so youngsters can walk to and from school safely.
Here is an example of a street in Milton-Freewater near Gib Olinger Elementary that will get sidewalks so youngsters can walk to and from school safely.

The pioneer spirit is alive and well in the eastern Oregon community of Milton-Freewater. The school district here has implemented a unique program called a “walking school bus,” and residents young and old are responding positively. It’s part of the community’s efforts to keep children safe going to and from school, and it’s in addition to new sidewalks and street improvements, thanks to the Safe Routes to School program.

The city also recently improved safety through downtown by using the road diet approach. We’ll have more on that success story coming soon on Transportation Insights.

In the meantime, peruse our “before” photos showing schools around the state that are currently benefitting from the new Safe Routes to School program, part of Keep Oregon Moving, the transportation funding package passed by the legislature in 2017.