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With new ‘Livable Streets’ subgroup, BikeLoud will commemorate road deaths by all modes

Posted by on July 30th, 2015 at 3:15 pm

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The Facebook page for the new “subgroup”
Livable Streets Action.

A new group called Livable Streets Action is taking the tactics that have won a string of victories for local biking this spring and summer and applying them to other modes, too.

Organizer Dan Kaufman, a videographer and longtime local social justice advocate who has helped organize demonstrations for transportation activism group BikeLoudPDX and the bike-based but non-transportation-focused group Bike Swarm, referred to Livable Streets Action as a “subgroup” of those other groups.

Livable Streets Action’s first event is tomorrow, a Friday afternoon commemoration for Marlene Popps, a woman who was hit by a car and left for dead on the evening of July 4 at the corner of SE 60th and Holgate. She died of her injuries July 21.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of SE Holgate and Foster, about three blocks from the site of Popps’s collision. It’s seen 22 reported traffic injuries between 2004 and 2014. Foster Road, which is due for a safety redesign next year, is one of Portland’s 10 high-crash corridors. Here’s the event listing on the Shift calendar.

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“We will also take this last day of the month to remember the approximately 30 deaths on Oregon roads in July,” Kaufman wrote in his Facebook event description. “So far for the year we are 44% increase in road fatalities over 2014. Motorists account for the most deaths followed closely by pedestrians.”

Portland’s Vision Zero policy, adopted by the city council this year, aims to eliminate traffic deaths of people no matter how they are moving about the city. But in part because bicycling advocates have been particularly loud and well-organized, the issue of traffic safety has come to be closely associated with bicycling, with media reports regularly characterizing general traffic safety protests as being in support of bicycle safety. That’s prompted some discussion among BikeLoud organizers of how to better broaden their message and appeal in some situations.

In an email to the BikeLoudPDX listserv, Kaufman wrote that he hopes Livable Streets Action “can develop into a coalition of groups interested direct action in the support of liveable streets.”

Kaufman noted that Popps’ son Mike Neldon is working to raise $5000 for her memorial, and asked that people attending Friday’s action “bring a hat or bucket to help collect funds and a sign that indicates why you are there. We will be marching, collecting donations, and raising awareness at the crash site and around the intersection of SE Holgate and Foster.”

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ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton says ‘We’re studying the issue.’

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Spiffy

and a few months ago 3 blocks down Foster…

http://www.kptv.com/story/28715128/police-chase-ends-with-car-crashing-into-se-portland-business

I’m hoping the new streetscape calms foster… and if they put in a left turn lane for Foster/Holgate that’ll help a lot of the clueless people currently making illegal left turns there…

but at the same time they’re converting timed lights to sensor/beg-button lights, effectively prioritizing motor vehicle traffic while claiming to calm motor vehicles…

we need bold leadership in this city, not yes-men who cave to the status quo while throwing a small bone to the oppressed masses…

Adam H.
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Adam H.

This is great! Michael, how about including info on how we can help volunteer? I’d love to get involved in this!

Chris Anderson
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I like this style of thinking. I hope we can create a city where you don’t have to be loud to get livable streets.

Ted Buehler
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Thanks for the coverage, Jonathan.

Come to the event, folks, and help make people aware of the scale of human carnage that occurs on Oregon roads. So we can get support to do something about it.

Ted Buehler

Spiffy
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Spiffy

SE 60th and Holgate is also where people start illegally passing on the right to make the turn onto Foster…

one day I yelled “illegal” as people passed and most people responded by telling me to go have sex with myself, which I did… yet they didn’t head my advice…

one day I’ll set up a camera and issue citizen citations for this location…

Kristi Finney Dunn
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Kristi Finney Dunn

Seeing Dan in action and the other dedicated and caring people who made it out today was so inspiring. A couple of Marlene’s friends even showed up and took over the signs when we started to leave. I even met a man who had met my son Dustin back in 2011 and told me how much he had liked and admired him. My day was already made -feeling the love- and that made it even better.

Dan Kaufman
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Big thanks to everybody who helped Liveable Streets Action raise $282.81 today in honor of Marlene pops. We met some of her lifelong friends. They helped her fight through cancer and then to have her die in a hit a run. It’s tragic and they miss her.

https://www.youcaring.com/michael-neldon-399594/donate#pp