Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on January 11th, 2006 at 12:21 am
Back in October, transportation advocates and concerned citizens attended a Transportation Safety Summit hosted by Commissioner Sam Adams. The goal was to identify specific strategies that would make our streets safer.
Based on the summit, PDOT created an action plan and released it for public input. Only problem is that no knows it exists. Turns out it was released just before the holidays and has since become buried in a far off corner of Sam’s blog…until now.
This draft of the Transportation Safety Action Plan (PDF) is an important document that outlines 50 specific “actions” that can have a profound effect on how it feels to live in our city. PDOT wants to know your feedback by January 21st. Once they’ve heard what you think, they’ll take it to City Council and from there, if approved, it will become a guide to future policy.
Here are some of the bike-specific actions in the plan:
- Provide at least 500 motorists and bicyclists with bicycle safety diversion class for bicycle-related traffic violations.
- Partner with Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to increase bicycle education.
- Initiate program with bicycle shops to provide safety information and bicycle theft registration with sales of all bicycles; and implement a program with car-rental agencies to provide pedestrian and bicycle safety information.
- Build 10 on-street bicycle parking facilities to enhance turning visibility and reduce clutter on sidewalks to allow more sidewalk tables and planters.
- Target bicycle safety engineering improvements to create a network that is comfortable for families traveling between neighborhoods and comfortable for children traveling within their own neighborhood.
You can direct comments to Mark Lear at (503) 823-7604 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It would also be great to have cyclists testify when it comes up at City Council. I’ll keep you posted on when that happens.