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Real estate firm’s free signs encourage residents to ‘Watch for kids on bikes’

Posted by on October 9th, 2015 at 3:37 pm

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Seen on SE 20th south of Hawthorne.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A Portland real estate firm is handing out free signs that encourage people to ‘Watch for Kids on Bikes.’

I spotted one of the signs this morning on SE 20th just south of Hawthorne and called Living Room Realty to learn more.

According to Living Room’s Agent Services Manager Sarah McBee the signs were inspired by other signs in the neighborhood. Jenelle Isaacson, the owner of the 70-agent company that has two local offices (and two more on the way), lives in the area and spotted a similar sign while on a walk about a month ago.

“She [Jenelle] saw this sign and it was hand-written. She just loved the message and said, ‘Let’s help this mom or dad get the message out’.”

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I just so happened to see what I think is the sign that inspired this one a few minutes later over on Clinton at 17th.

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Now anyone can walk into the Living Room Realty office at NE 14th and Alberta or SE 26th and Clinton and pick up one of the signs for free. McBee said agents are also passing them out to their clients and putting them up in their own neighborhoods.

Isaacson, the owner of the company, has a special interest in safe streets because she regularly bikes with her 7 and 6-year-old daughters. McBee said the company also participates in the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge.

While it’s disappointing that people feel they have to put up DIY signs to tame traffic on their neighborhood streets, it’s encouraging to see a local business get on board. Who knows, maybe these will become as popular as the “Drive like your kids live here” signs we see popping up all over the place.

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27 Comments
  • rachel b October 9, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    FABULOUS. Thank you, Living Room Realty! I will pick one up. Wish I could get a hundred and post them up and down SE 26th between Clinton and Powell. And yes–it’s ridiculous that these are the kind of homemade things we have to resort to to fight unsafe speeding jerk drivers.

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    • Sarah McBee October 9, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Rachel, we’re glad you like the signs and we look forward sharing a sign with you!

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      • rachel b October 9, 2015 at 5:02 pm

        Thank you, Sarah! 🙂

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      • Kristi Finney Dunn October 9, 2015 at 10:42 pm

        Thank you, Sarah! This mom whose (adult) son didn’t make it thanks you for actively looking out for others.

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    • paikiala October 12, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      PBOT already does this:
      http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/141759

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  • Dan A October 9, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    WashCo gives out free signs to people who want to put out a ‘slow down’ message in their yard.

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  • Adam Herstein
    Adam Herstein October 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Love it.

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  • Buzz October 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I think this is great and have always wondered why the similar signs that PBOT has been giving out for years fail to mention cyclists at all, I think they say something like ‘Slow Down for Children and Pedestrians’ if I’m not mistaken.

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  • J. E. October 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    That makes me so happy! I hosted the sign-making event back in May that produced this hand-made sign (along with several others). It was part of Safer Clinton’s “Clinton Greenway 30th Birthday Celebration” month. Glad to see the signs are still being displayed and appreciated today.

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  • rick October 9, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    That sign is in the public right-of-way. Streets trees help more.

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  • kittens October 9, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Super cute idea for some feel-good marketing. It is really a shame we can’t make it encourage safety for more than just kids, but I understand why they took this route.

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  • Dead Salmon October 9, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Everyone must watch where they are going. Need to also watch out for kids who are not on bikes.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR4Okh23Zlo

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  • mh October 10, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Seems pretty limited to me. Watch out for kids (few of whom have good traffic sense yet) generally; watch out for bicyclists, each of whom is less visible than an SUV. In a motor vehicle, consider yourself a threat.

    Way too much to put on a sign.

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  • B. Carfree October 10, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    My friends and family have taken to calling these sort of things “signs of the times”.

    I wish we would return to the days of yore when moving violations were criminal offenses, we actually did meaningful traffic law enforcement (and no one accused the cops of just trying to raise revenue) and motorists had to at least retake the written test with every renewal, which happened every three years.

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  • Mike Sanders October 10, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Signs like this (should be larger) should be located in both directions on every street crossing of the Springwater and Banks-Vernonia Trails. Metro should get involved with this, too. Excellent idea!

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  • AIC October 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Business sponsored safety signs…
    :Watch for Kids on Bikes: brought to you by Lenscrafters and Silvania Lighting.

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  • Andy K October 12, 2015 at 8:33 am

    The sign pictured has white legend and border on a red background, like a stop sign.

    City of Portland shouldn’t allow non-MUTCD signs that may conflict with other signs or confuse road users because of their color, shape, location, text, etc.

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  • mark October 12, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Andy K
    The sign pictured has white legend and border on a red background, like a stop sign.City of Portland shouldn’t allow non-MUTCD signs that may conflict with other signs or confuse road users because of their color, shape, location, text, etc.Recommended 2

    Clearly..it’s confusing. Like when motorists see a speed sign…and they think..that’s the number +10.

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