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:
This Transportation Safety Program Specialist position will join the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s safety team and assist in the implementation of the Bureau’s Vision Zero effort. The Program Specialist will be responsible for the coordination and management of small capital projects and operational improvements related to the Transportation Bureau’s safety efforts, with a particular focus on High Crash Corridors, Safe Routes to Schools, and Neighborhood Greenways. The position will coordinate with other Transportation bureau staff including Maintenance Operations, Project Management, and Planning on safety-related capital work. For assigned projects, this position will manage all aspects of project design, development, and implementation, including technical and cost analysis, scheduling, public involvement, project budgeting, and evaluation. This position will assist with the development and implementation of the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, with public outreach on projects with a Vision Zero focus, and perform other related duties as assigned.
This hiring move is a very good sign. It means that PBOT is putting money where its mouth is and they’re prepping to actually build some street safety projects.
Remember, there are two things going on around Vision Zero in Portland right now. On one hand we have PBOT who is already working on their two-year transportation action plan which includes Vision Zero-related work. Then we have the much larger effort launched in July to complete a comprehensive Vision Zero Action Plan. That plan should be done by October 2016 and it will engage a broad coalition of advocates, agencies and other partners. The idea is to move the Vision Zero idea beyond just our transportation bureau and into the realms of regional planning, public health, enforcement, and so on.
Stay tuned as we watch how Portland makes good — or doesn’t — on its Vision Zero promises.