vision zero

135 ghostly memorials of traffic victims now haunt our region’s streets

by on November 16th, 2015 at 4:37 pm

(Photos: Oregon Walks)

Yesterday local advocates for safer streets joined with family members of traffic victims for a somber ceremony: they placed white silhouettes of their loved ones on our area’s most dangerous roadways. (more…)

Watch the Portland Police Bureau’s new ‘Speed Kills’ video

by on November 6th, 2015 at 12:46 pm

The Portland Police Bureau has released a new video that aims to explain why they do speed enforcement. Put simply, the video’s narrator Officer Ron Hoesly says, it’s because “speed kills.” (more…)

Portland will require cab and Uber drivers to take Vision Zero safety training

by on November 5th, 2015 at 8:33 am

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Eyes on the street?
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

At their best, Lyft and Uber are better cab companies, one more piece of a system that enables low-car life.

At their worst, they’re a system for subsidizing an army of people driving around town with their eyes glued to GPS screens.

Portland’s new regulations of for-hire transportation companies, released last week, include an interesting change that’s supposed to target the problem: the city’s first mandatory safety training for drivers of taxis and “transportation network companies” like Uber or Lyft.


Federal trial lined up for police who Tasered Hillsboro man after bike infraction

by on October 14th, 2015 at 10:39 am

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A Hillsboro police photo from the aftermath.

Two police officers and the City of Hillsboro are on course to defend themselves in a jury trial over their choice to Taser a man who they’d stopped for biking illegally beside Tualatin Valley Highway.

The man who was tackled and Tasered in the 2012 incident, Jermaine Robinson, had been riding after dark without a front light on his bike, and the officer who stopped him says Robinson had been crossing the Southeast 13th Avenue crosswalk against a “don’t walk” light.

After the officer, William Blood, pulled his car over to confront Robinson, Robinson refused to give his name and (according to Blood, but not Robinson) seemed to be preparing to pedal away. Blood’s colleague Brian Wilber then shot him with a Taser twice.


PBOT adding full-time staffer to help implement Vision Zero projects

by on September 8th, 2015 at 1:13 pm

(PBOT graphic)

The City of Portland is continuing on their march toward Vision Zero.

After City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the concept back in June and followed it up with a spirited kick-off event last month, they are now hiring a full-time staffer to help make it a reality.

The Transportation Safety Program Specialist position will pay between $59,000 and $79,000 per year depending on experience and qualifications.

Here’s the official job description from the City’s jobs page:

Portland Police now making Vision Zero part of standard procedure

by on August 19th, 2015 at 12:32 pm


Just two days after the Chief of the Police Bureau spoke at the kickoff of Portland’s Vision Zero Task Force, we just noticed one small — yet important — change in how they operate.

Early this morning there was a fatal traffic incident in northeast Portland. Someone driving a car crashed into a garbage truck at 49th and Prescott and did not survive the collision. As they always do following one of these tragic episodes, the Police Bureau’s public information officer broadcasted a press release with the details.

I always scan these releases whether they include a bicycle operator or not. This morning as I read I noticed something new at the end of the release: (more…)

Portland’s Vision Zero kickoff brings new faces to the table

by on August 18th, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Portland’s Vision Zero Task Force and partners.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Usually when we talk about preventing road injuries and deaths we have the usual suspects around the table — biking and walking advocates and transportation agency staffers. The power of Vision Zero lies in its ability to broaden the circle of concern about traffic safety. (more…)

Mayor Hales will kick off ‘Vision Zero Safety Task Force’ today

by on August 17th, 2015 at 11:32 am

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Mayor Hales at a bike safety press conference in June.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Today in East Portland we’ll get our first look at how serious Mayor Charlie Hales is about Vision Zero. He’s set to announce the Vision Zero Task Force as well as strategies and actions he and other leaders will work on to put weight on the bones of his promises to reduce traffic deaths and injuries.

As we reported last month, Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan will be a city-wide approach to traffic safety that will go far and beyond work already being done by the Bureau of Transportation.

Today’s announcement will take place at the headquarters of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) at SE 82nd and Division. PBOT says the event will the, “Announcement of a major step forward in the community-wide effort to achieve Vision Zero.” (more…)

Vision Bear-o in Yosemite National Park

by on August 16th, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Slowed me down.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Traffic violence in America knows no boundaries.

Even in our national parks, which are set aside as sanctuaries for wildlife, road authorities are forced to address this issue. In Yosemite National Park, where I spent eight days earlier this month on a family vacation, the National Parks Service estimates that over a dozen black bears are killed each year after as a result of park visitors who run into them with their cars. In 2010, the NPS reported 28 “vehicle-bear collisions.”

To “increase visitor awareness of the high frequency of vehicle-animal collisions” and encourage people to drive more carefully, the NPS started an awareness campaign in 2007. It consists of roadside signs and posters throughout the park that feature a red bear and the simple phrase, “Speeding Kills Bears.” The signs are placed in locations where the animals have been hit. They’re like ghost bikes for bears. (more…)

Across Oregon, traffic fatalities abruptly return almost to pre-recession levels

by on July 31st, 2015 at 9:47 am

For Oregon’s roads, the first seven months of 2015 have been the deadliest since 2008.