Collision at Killingsworth and Cully injures man on bike - UPDATED

Friday, March 28th, 2014
NE Cully at Killingsworth, looking northwest toward the spot where the collision took place.
(Image from Google Street View)

The Portland Police Bureau's major crash team is investigating a collision between a bicycle and car at Northeast Killingsworth Street and Cully Boulevard at 7:48 pm Thursday night.

Police said the man on the bike, described as being in his 20s, suffered "traumatic injuries" and was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment. Police did not release his name, and his current condition isn't known.


9% of Portland road fatalities in 2013 happened at a single intersection

Saturday, December 28th, 2013
The southbound approach to Southwest Barbur and Miles.
(Image: Google Street View.)

I promise we're going to be able to focus on cheerier subjects soon, but some facts are too shocking to pass over.

After a late-night crash that police say involved drunk and reckless driving, the corner of Southwest Barbur and Miles has now seen three road deaths in a single year. That's 9 percent of the 35 traffic fatalities that have happened in the entire city of Portland in 2013.

The intersection is on the main bike route that connects most of Southwest Portland with rest of the city.


The 10 Portland streets where collisions claimed walkers' lives in 2013

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Southeast Division and 148th Avenue, where Renee Bates was killed while crossing the street with her husband.
(Image: Google Street View)

Portland has some of the safest streets in the country, and in general, they've been getting safer as our use of cars has continued to decline — not just for people on bikes but those on feet and cars, too.

But as a string of street deaths and a vigil Friday remind us, that safety isn't evenly distributed across the city.


Bicycle rider hospitalized after northeast Portland collision

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
View northbound on Mallory at Skidmore.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Just before 9:00 pm last night a person riding a bicycle was involved in a collision in northeast Portland that resulted in what the Portland Police Bureau say are "non-life-threatening" injuries.

The bicycle rider (we're awaiting confirmation of the gender) was taken to a local hospital for treatment. An early news alert about the collision stated that the person on the bicycle was knocked unconscious.

According to police, the collision took place at the intersection of NE Mallory and NE Skidmore. In a statement, the PPB say their preliminary investigation shows that the person in the car was driving eastbound on Skidmore "and struck the bicyclist" who was heading northbound on Mallory while attempting to cross Skidmore. The PPB statement also stated that, "There is a stop sign on Mallory at Skidmore." Despite mentioning the stop sign, we haven't yet heard if the PPB suspect that the person riding the bike failed to stop prior to the collision. (more...)

Collision raises questions about changes on Hawthorne Bridge

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
SE Hawthorne at 99e offramp-1
View from the standard vehicle lane. The bike-only lane is to the right of the white delineators and riders cross right-to-left.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

A man whose right elbow was broken in a collision on the recently redesigned Hawthorne-Madison viaduct last week says he thinks the new design is confusing for motor vehicle operators and puts bicycle riders like him at risk.


Woman pleads guilty in Barbur hit-and-run

Friday, October 25th, 2013
(Screen capture from KOIN.com.)

Miriam Clinton of Lake Oswego is likely to get more than two years in prison after a guilty plea Friday to driving while intoxicated, hitting a man (who was walking his bike) with her car and leaving him for dead on the side of Southwest Barbur Boulevard Aug. 16.

Clinton accepted one count each of third-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and failure to perform the duties of a driver, according to KOIN-TV's report this morning from Multnomah County Court. Upon her release, her driver's license will be suspended for five years, the Oregonian reported.

KOIN reported that Clinton "cried throughout Friday's proceedings, and declined to comment afterwards."


Video captures dramatic left-cross collision in Milwaukie

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

It's always jarring, and sometimes educational, to see a bike-related collision from a third party's vantage point.

In a video captured last week by a Halloween-themed "graveyard" security camera and published last night on Bike Milwaukie's Facebook page, it's easy to see how fast a nasty crash can happen.


Woman hit while walking on Barbur; but help is on the way - UPDATED

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
SW 26th Ave is not a nice place to walk.

The bad news is that the Portland Police responded to yet another collision on SW Barbur Blvd this morning. The good news* is that help is on the way — in the form of a recently awarded, $1.8 million state grant — to add safer crossings and other improvements where it happened.

(*We're still debating if waiting years for a paltry $2 million safety upgrade to a known danger spot — while people continue to get hurt and killed — should really be considered "good".)

According to Police, a woman suffered "traumatic injuries" and is currently at a local hospital after she was "struck by a vehicle". The incident occurred at around 8:00 am at the intersection of SW Barbur and 26th Ave. at the 9600 block of Barbur. We haven't heard any other details about the woman's condition or how the collision occurred;. It's worth noting that this is an area well-known for its safety problems.

UPDATE, 4:05 pm: Here's what happened according to the PPB:

"Investigators learned that the 27-year-old female pedestrian was crossing Southwest Barbur Boulevard from South to North, at 26th Avenue. There is not a crosswalk at this location. Both lanes of eastbound traffic stopped and allowed her to cross into the center median but then she stepped into the westbound lane of traffic and was struck by a Honda Accord driven by a 34-year-old woman."

This stretch of Barbur is so notorious as a danger zone that the City of Portland and local neighborhood activists have been trying for many years to implement some basic safety updates. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, SW Barbur Blvd is a designated "High Crash Corridor" for all modes. "Within City Limits, there were 19 pedestrian crashes and 23 bike crashes on SW Barbur from 2000 to 2009. Speed was a factor in many of the crashes, as was failure to yield," wrote PBOT in the grant application (PDF). (more...)

How legal loopholes and lack of stigma create a hit-and-run culture

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Scene of fatal crash on SW Barbur Blvd-2
Barbur Boulevard is dangerous even when a
driver doesn't decide to flee a crash.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Nobody expects to kill a person with their car. This means that the moment you do, your only basis for decision is usually something you heard once from a friend.

And as Portland deals with two major recent hit-and-run cases involving people on bikes, some victim advocates are saying that Oregon needs to do more to spread the idea that it's morally reprehensible to flee the scene of a collision.

"What's happened is that Mothers Against Drunk Driving and all these other great organizations have done incredible work over the last 20 years," Joshua Shulman, a Portland lawyer who works on civil injury cases and has researched the topic, said Friday. "And I'm so glad that they have, because drinking and driving is awful. But one of the side effects of harsh penalties is to make people more likely to avoid them."


Police (finally) issue statement on Barbur hit-and-run case - UPDATED

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Police are looking for a Subaru like this one.
(Photo: PPB)

The Portland Police Bureau just released a media statement about a serious injury hit-and-run that occurred on Friday, August 16th on SW Barbur Blvd. The collision left 20-year old Henry Schmidt with multiple injuries including shattered bones, damaged organs, and extensive road rash. Since first reported by KATU-TV, the PPB has come under fire from friends of the victim and other people in the community for their handling of the crime scene and a lack of urgency around their investigation.

Dave Cassidy, a close friend of the Schmidt family, has been sending emails to local media describing his concerns about the PPB's lack of attention to Schmidt's case. Here's an excerpt from an email Cassidy sent to local media outlets yesterday: (more...)

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