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Group wants $15 million to go towards making Portland streets safer

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A sign at the For Every Kid rally Thursday. A sign at the For Every Kid rally Thursday.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Local families and school officials are fighting for $15 million to make Portland's streets safer for kids.

Members of the For Every Kid group gathered Thursday as part of their "Safe Route to School for Every Kid" campaign.

They dropped off hundreds of postcards to the Metro Council chamber in northeast Portland from families in the metro area all asking the council to make the streets safer.

They want $15 million to fund sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes so that kids across the city have safe routes to get to school and to play with their friends.

"I live two blocks from school, from our neighborhood school … and on our walk, there are sidewalks on part of it but there’s part of it where we are walking in the middle of the street, crossing over dirt road, dodging puddles and looking out for cars," said mother Rachel Kimbrow. "It's ridiculous and it makes me angry and every morning this is my reality."

The Oregon Department of Transportation tells Fox 12 that it has nearly $11 million dedicated to bike and pedestrian safety. It is now even asking the public to give input on how exactly to spend those funds.

The final decision on the projects will be made this summer.

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