Seven years after ‘Platinum,’ Portland’s collision and fatality rates remain well above its peers

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
building blocks of bfc
An infographic by the League of American Bicyclists showing the average performance of the communities they identify as bike-friendly.
(Zoomable PDF.)

Though Portland has been justly praised for regularly making it through many calendar years with zero deaths of people biking, it is clearly the most dangerous of the four cities recognized as the nation’s bike-friendliest.

For the years 2009-2013, Portland’s fatality rate per bike commuter was 75 percent higher than the officially listed average for the League of American Bicyclists’ four “Platinum” cities: Portland; Fort Collins, Colo.; Boulder, Colo.; and Davis, Calif. Its reported collision rate per bike commuter was 94 percent higher.


Bike commuting at 11% in latest PBA downtown census

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Bike commuting by downtown employees has made solid gains since 2001.
(Source: Portland Business Alliance 2011 Downtown Portland Business Census & Survey)


Oregon roads claimed 319 lives in 2011: Bike deaths more than doubled

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
Aftermath of a fatal crash on December 31st.
(Photo: Oregon State Police)

319 people died while traveling on Oregon roads in 2011; that’s two more than 2010 and the first increase since 2005. Another bit of preliminary data shows that 15 people on bicycles were killed last year — that’s a 114% increase from the seven lives lost in 2010 and it ties the highest bike fatality total since at least 2003. (more…)

Not just safer for bikes: Fatal car crashes lowest since 1925 – UPDATED

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

PBOT chart shows traffic fatalities in Portland by mode between 1996 and 2010.
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Portland had zero bike fatalities in 2010 (again)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
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A family enjoys a sunny winter
ride on SE 52nd Ave.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Lost in the end-of-year festivities and perhaps overshadowed by a startling number of people killed while walking on Oregon roads in 2010 (60), lies a positive statistic that deserves our attention. In 2010, there were zero fatal bicycle crashes in Portland.

According to PBOT data, this is the sixth time since 1999 that no one has been killed while riding a bike in our city (others were 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2008). (more…)

Biking, walking, and NHTSA’s latest Traffic Safety Facts data

Monday, January 24th, 2011

With Oregon lawmakers set to get down to business in the coming weeks, it’s a good time to prepare for the upcoming debates by brushing up on the latest traffic safety data.

The early edition of the 2009 Traffic Safety Facts is a 232 page compilation of national traffic collision data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and General Estimate System (GES) published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF here). This is an early report (2010 data is not expected to be available until early 2012), but it still contains several gems of information. (more…)

Portland Business Alliance reports sharp increase in downtown bike commuters

Monday, October 4th, 2010
Getting to work by bike hit double-digits for the first time ever in 2009, according to a survey by the Portland Business Alliance.
(Graph: 2009 Downtown Business Census & Survey, Portland Business Alliance)


Beyond ‘bikes vs cars': Four secrets buried in the new Census stats

Friday, October 1st, 2010

This guest post is by Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot, a new “10-minute newsmagazine” and wiki about low-car life in Portland.

The Joy of Sects Ride - Pedalpalooza 09-9
Photos © J. Maus)

The official U.S. Census numbers for 2009 came out Tuesday, and as BikePortland reported, they held the latest evidence that the phenomenal growth of local biking has been leveling off. (more…)

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