Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on June 3rd, 2009 at 10:05 am
Continuing a campaign they began last year, the City of Portland’s Water Bureau will hold a bike/truck safety event this Saturday.
The Water Bureau says this ongoing effort to improve safety was prompted by a number of near collisions over the years (mostly at the infamous NE Broadway and NE Flint Street intersection, which is close to one of their facilities).
The event will be held in outer Southeast Portland and, like last year, attendees will be able to jump up in to a truck driver’s seat for a first-hand look at blind spots and the dangers of riding near large vehicles.
Also at the event this weekend, the Water Bureau will share information about a major construction project they’ll start this summer out at Powell Butte. According to a press release, the Bureau says during the six to eight month excavation phase of the project, a dump truck will exit Powell Butte Nature Park at SE 162nd and Division once every two to four minutes.
That’s an estimated 100 truck trips per day and 30,000 total trips from Powell Butte.
The Water Bureau has teamed up with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance to put on the event. It will be held in the parking lot of the Safeway Supermarket at 16409 SE Division Street and SE 162nd Avenue, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm this Saturday.