Mayor releases details on Transportation Safety Summit

Posted by on January 21st, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Mayor Sam Adams has released details of the fifth annual Transportation Safety Summit which is scheduled for February 8th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Marshall High School (3905 SE 91st Ave).

Here is the updated list of keynote speakers:

  • Mayor Sam Adams
  • Susan Keil, Director, Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • Tom Miller, Incoming Director, Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • Todd Wyatt, Captain of Traffic Division, Portland Police
  • Jason Tell, Region 1 Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Neil McFarlane, TriMet General Manager

In addition to updates and insights from keynote speakers, there will be two discussion panel sessions on these topics: East Portland Active Transportation Plan, Innovations in Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety, Safe Routes to School; High Crash Corridor Program. Following the panel sessions, there will be a wrap-up speech by Mayor Adams where he’ll outline a series of next steps.

Here’s a blurb from the Mayor’s announcement about what you can expect at the event:

The Fifth Transportation Safety Summit is an opportunity to learn more about Portland’s transportation safety trends, increase your awareness of recently completed and planned projects, identify innovative tools and techniques that can assist your work, collaborate with transportation safety professionals, and share your feedback.

Mark your calendars and plan to be there. This is a great opportunity to learn more about traffic safety in Portland and to let show the Mayor and policymakers what an important issue this is.

More information and free registration available here.

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nice logo!

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Given the venue, I hope they will discuss all the safety improvements they will be making along 82nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard in partnership with PPS next year. On their (two miles longer) commute to Franklin, hundreds of former Marshall HS students will have to cross one or both of those five-lane state highways that are among the most dangerous in the city.

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I would not let my child ride on 82nd or Powell. Probably most will ride the bus or get rides from familly

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I would like them to explore the de facto enforcement standards for the traffic division. In a conversation I had with someone at the traffic division, and later confirmed by someone I talked with at PBOT, cops won’t ticket a car for speeding until they are going at least 11 mph over the limit. In a 25mph zone, this amounts to amnesty for going nearly 50% over the speed limit. Apparently the deal is that people often fight, and judges rule in their favor, unless the speed is especially high.

Before the city seeks to lower neighborhood limits, (which I favor) I’d like to see an improvement in enforcing the current laws.

And one other thing, we need enforcements at UNMARKED crosswalks. Doing so many at marked crosswalks, only serves to enforce the myth that cars need only yield where crosswalks are marked.