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City traffic safety group releases project list

Posted by on February 15th, 2006 at 8:49 am

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[Download project list (PDF, 58K)]

The Community and School Traffic Safety Partnership is a group with the City of Portland Office of Transportation that focuses on bicycle and pedestrian safety, reducing driver error, and Safe Routes to School. They’ve got $300,000 to spend on bike and ped projects over the next two years and they’ve released a list of 28 proposed projects (PDF) that might get funded. This list has been sent out to neighborhood district coaltions for review and feedback so now is the time to speak up.

You’ve got until February 28th to look at this list of proposed projects (PDF) and offer feedback. Work on the final list is slated to begin this Spring. Please review them and leave your feedback in the comments. There’s also a handy map (PDF) with numbers that correspond to the listed projects.

If you’re wondering how they went about choosing these projects, here’s the criteria they used:

  • Need identified in Bicycle Master Plan or other policy document
  • Problem location identified during the Bicycle Safety Leadership Workshop held in each district coalition during Summer, 2005
  • Feedback from the Southeast Uplift Bicycle Safety Group for projects within their district coalition
  • Providing safety enhancements at a high risk area (i.e. location with a crash history or reported near misses)
  • Providing alternative routes to avoid high risk areas
  • Areas identified in last summer’s Bike Safety Leadership Workshops held at the district coalition level
  • Cost-benefit of proposed solution
  • Geographic equity

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  • Greg Raisman February 15, 2006 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for writing about the effort, Jonathan. There are a few other points I’d like to make sure people know:

    1) The Bicycle Advisory Committee is playing a central role in project identification. They had a working group that helped develop the proposed list. Also, they will adopt a final list at their March 14 meeting. As many of you know, this is a volunteer group made up of local residents.

    2) All projects will be evaluated for feasibility based on process, policy, engineering, and budget. We have to use existing policy documents because they have been through a robust public process that culminated in adoption by City Council.

    3) If there are projects people would like to happen that are not in the current Bicycle Master Plan (or other policy document), there is a comprehensive update of the Bicycle Master Plan that will begin within the next year. During this effort, there will be citywide forums to give input as to how the updated Plan should look.

    4) For the best roll-up of policy documents that describe adopted projects, see the Transportation System Plan at http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=38838

    5) People can provide feedback on BikePortland, to their neighborhood district coalition (http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=35789), or directly to me, either in writing or on the phone. My contact is:

    Greg Raisman
    Community and School Traffic Safety Partnership
    Portland Office of Transportation
    1120 SW 5th Ave., Suite 800
    Portland, OR 97204

    (503) 823-1052

    Thank you for helping to make cycling as safe and comfortable as it can be in Portland.


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  • Andy February 16, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    I’m favoring the plan update. It would be really nice to see a real E/W route in Northeast. Skidmore is a joke and I’ll take my chances in traffic to avoid loosing momentum every 2 blocks.

    Most of the suggestions are definately viable and will hopefully receive funding. Maybe the office of Transportation can set up a paypal link and we can help fund the completion of more of the projects?

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  • Dabby February 20, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    The projects we already fund?

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