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Speeding driver kills teenage girl who was crossing SE Hawthorne

Posted by on August 20th, 2016 at 8:57 am

Hawthorne Blvd approaching 43rd.

Hawthorne Blvd approaching 43rd.

Yesterday afternoon a man was driving his Lexus SUV recklessly down SE Hawthorne Blvd and his behavior led him to strike and kill a teenage girl. First responders were unable to revive her and she died on the scene as her family grieved just feet away from her.

The man, 20-year-old Abdulrahman Noorah — who was driving with a suspended license — originally fled the scene of his crime and later returned. He has been arrested by the Portland Police Bureau and has been charged with Manslaughter II, Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (hit and run) and Reckless Driving.

The crash happened at the intersection of SE Hawthorne and 43rd at about 3:50 pm. Here are the details via the police:

…Noorah was traveling westbound on S.E. Hawthorne at approximately 55 to 60 mile per hour from S.E. 46th. The vehicle, a gold Lexus, approached S.E. 43rd ave. was rapidly passing vehicles while traveling in the center lane and nearly colliding with several vehicles near S.E. 44th.

At the northeast corner of S.E. 43rd ave and Hawthorne the victim, a juvenile female teenager, began crossing S.E. Hawthorne headed southbound in an unmarked crosswalk. As she crossed the victim was struck by Noorah. Witnesses stated the vehicle continued westbound at a high rate of speed, after colliding with the victim, and made no attempt to stop.

This girl is the 29th 30th person who has died on Portland’s streets this year.

It happened while Portland city planners and staff were touting our streets at an international conference at Portland State University. The police had to pull officers from two safety-related events they were working on — a bike safety fiesta in north Portland and a crosswalk enforcement action on NW 23rd.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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354 Comments
  • Anne Hawley
    Anne Hawley August 20, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I just…

    My sorrow meter is broken.

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    • Andrea Capp August 20, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Mine too.

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  • Adam H.
    Adam H. August 20, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Hawthorne Boulevard is so broken. It’s supposed to be a pedestrian-friendly drag, but the sidewalks are tiny compared to the amount of space given over to cars. Will the city fix this intersection, or is Vision Zero just another one of their unfunded feel-good plans?

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    • Random August 20, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Well, we could start by actually punishing people who drive with suspended licenses, rather than treating it as a victimless crime.

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      • Anne Hawley
        Anne Hawley August 20, 2016 at 10:14 am

        Seems like they’re treating it more as a “crimeless victim”. Though at least someone’s talking manslaughter and recklessness charges.

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      • Dan A August 20, 2016 at 11:55 am

        Vehicle forfeiture

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        • J_R August 20, 2016 at 6:43 pm

          I don’t think a 20 year old driving a Lexus would care about vehicle forfeiture. There are probably plenty more in the family garages.

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          • Dan A August 20, 2016 at 8:16 pm

            I’m suggesting that all people caught driving vehicles without a valid license ought to forfeit the vehicle. Not just this dummy.

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            • Bjorn August 20, 2016 at 11:55 pm

              My understanding is that vehicle forfeiture is nearly impossible due to court rulings. I am not big on incarceration, but the only way to stop people who drive on suspended licenses is to lock them in a place with no cars.

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            • Pete August 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm

              It slays me that this is nearly impossible for courts to do to drivers that deserve it, but property forfeiture (including cars) is not uncommon for drug dealers.

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      • wsbob August 20, 2016 at 5:22 pm

        No means are in place currently, to guarantee people with suspended licenses won’t drive anyway. Neither is seizing the vehicle of people with suspended licenses, a guarantee they won’t drive anyway.

        What will more information, hopefully reported in future, about the person driving and involved in this collision, reveal about opportunities available to him to drive motor vehicles, despite his license have been suspended?

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    • Random August 20, 2016 at 9:32 am

      “Will the city fix this intersection.”

      I’m not sure what level of “fix” will correct for a driver like this:

      “Noorah was traveling westbound on S.E. Hawthorne at approximately 55 to 60 mile per hour from S.E. 46th. The vehicle, a gold Lexus, approached S.E. 43rd ave. was rapidly passing vehicles while traveling in the center lane and nearly colliding with several vehicles near S.E. 44th.”

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      • Adam H.
        Adam H. August 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

        Get rid of that center turn lane. Widen the sidewalks. Install raised crosswalks. Plenty of things to do over what’s currently done which is absolutely nothing.

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        • Barbara August 20, 2016 at 10:44 am

          That center turn lane is also used by delivery trucks for the businesses that make upper Hawthorne so walkable: no alleys, side streets too narrow. Center delivery vehicle parking is also safer for bicyclists than side parking. The 4 bus is irreplaceable to many who live here. Raised crosswalks would eliminate it. If you don’t know our neighborhood, please educate yourself before you try to “improve” it. Upper Hawthorne is crowded but it works. I cross exactly there many times per week, most drivers stop like the first one did. Criminal acts are the sole cause of this death—60mph, suspended license, left scene, maybe intoxicated. The problem isn’t the street or the girl, it’s Noorah having the keys.

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          • Adam H.
            Adam H. August 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

            I do happen to live in this neighborhood and frequent upper Hawthorne often. Hawthorne is not very walkable. The sidewalks are tiny and crowd easily. Raised crosswalks do not interfere with bus service any more than speed bumps do, which buses can handle easily. I’m not sure how a center turn lane enables delivery trucks, but that problem can be solved by designating loading zones in the existing parking lanes. I’m assuming you meant the #14 bus, not the #4 bus; I happen to also take the #14 at least a few times a week. I know the area well. Crossing Hawthorne on foot sucks, crossing by bike sucks. It’s simply a road designed primarily for car throughout, and it’s time we change that.

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            • Dick Pilz August 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm

              Several of the delivery trucks I have seen are semi-trailer types. It is very difficult to park at the side with such a vehicle. Off loading to shorter trucks adds to the cost of delivery.

              So, keep the center lane, but add locking bollards. The establishments requiring longer trucks can keep sets of keys for these. Where such trucks are not needed, have permanent bollards.

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              • Paul Cone August 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm

                Safety for the community is the cost of doing business.

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm

                Semi-trailers have no place in our walkable communities. We need to pass laws to mandate the use of smaller trucks.

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              • 9watts August 20, 2016 at 10:09 pm

                You like to propose passing laws (all day long). I prefer to ask why we have so many trucks everywhere, whether we (consumers) might have something to do with this. We could stop buying crap all day long.

                Rebalancing fleets for bikeshare, anyone?

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 20, 2016 at 10:15 pm

                Sure, that sounds good, but I happen to think it would be easier get the city to ban large trucks that it would be to get everyone to stop buying so much crap.

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              • 9watts August 20, 2016 at 10:17 pm

                Ha – that’s funny. You and Hello, Kitty agree!

                I find it troubling that we keep saying this: it is easier to pass a law or rely on technology than to engage people, explore how behavior change could come about. Why have we given up on people?

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 10:58 am

                Since you invoked my name, I’ll add that there may be less radical fixes for the street, such as installing more median islands like the one at 45thish. I actually do agree with Adam H. that the street is no optimally designed, but I agree with others that changing it will have all sorts of unintended consequences; part of the problem is the number of people using the street. More people means more buying crap (or eating in restaurants) which means more trucks. And I agree with 9watts that we would all be better off with less crap. But it’s a human drive to collect and acquire, so I’m not sure how to make that work in practice.

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              • Brighton West August 22, 2016 at 1:53 pm

                I would love if we consumed less stuff, but I have a soft spot in my heart for semi-trailers. Inside that big box you find lots of stuff that can’t drive itself. Toilet paper, food, trinkets. So I feel like semis should be given much higher priority than vehicles that are only transporting people (or more often, one person) – who could be getting around in any number of other fashions that are more community friendly.

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            • Adron @ Transit Sleuth August 20, 2016 at 6:42 pm

              Hawthorne really doesn’t rate as very walkable. The street needs a diet in a number of places, extended sidewalks, and multi-modal facilities. It’s hard for the bus drivers, reckless for the drivers, and generally (especially in the area this occurred) catastrophically poorly designed – as in evidence from this event.

              As Adam says, there are a ton of things we could do to improve the design and in many places remove the possibility reckless individuals like this can cause this level of harm. Currently, again as Adam says, we are effectively doing nothing to fix most of these harmful streets. Don’t even get me started on the ODOT streets, which regularly have these occurrences. 🙁

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            • ShelleyS August 21, 2016 at 8:12 am

              I agree, and I live in the neighborhood as well. Upper Hawthorne needs to be revamped for pedestrians and bikes. It is difficult, at best, to cross the street between 41st and 47th. With the recent sewer improvement projects and new apartment buildings in the works, it has worsened. Division isn’t any better. Drivers, bikers and walkers are also distracted. We need improved crosswalks, road lines, signage and education throughout the city. “Every intersection is a crosswalk”, drivers just don’t get that.

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              • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

                the entire street needs help… lower Hawthorne is a lot harder to cross than the upper section… the majority of people are speeding… the rest are distracted trying to park after their drive across town…

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            • paikiala August 22, 2016 at 8:14 am

              Adam,
              Center turn lanes have multiple benefits.
              the space for turning vehicles gets them out of the through lane, reducing rear-end collisions and helping reduce delay. congestion is one factor that many residents cite as a reason for cut-through traffic in adjacent neighborhoods. The space also reduces the likelihood of head on collisions, as well as providing space to install refuge islands – one of the safer ways to enhance a crosswalk.
              Add to this that Hawthorne is a primary emergency response route, and Portland has no officially approved calming device for such roads.
              The intersection at 43rd is offset, so it could be interpreted to have 3 legal crosswalks at this location, but none are marked.

              as an aside, why wasn’t the driver charged with passing a vehicle stopped at a legal crosswalk?

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            • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 8:16 am

              “That center turn lane is also used by delivery trucks for the businesses that make upper Hawthorne so walkable”

              it’s also illegal to park in the center lane and I wish they’d get a ticket every time they did it…

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          • Evan August 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm

            Good point about the function of the center turn lane. We still need load/unload space in the absence of smaller/more efficient freight vehicles. And given spatial constraints, this street cannot be all things to all users. Some level of mode priority is needed (autos are the default priority in the absence of good policy), but what you never do is sacrifice pedestrian safety. Hawthorne’s current design is not ideally for a pedestrian-focused place.

            On a side note, making sweeping, factually incorrect statements on blogs bothers me like no other. I’m not saying raised crosswalks are the right solution, but how would raised crosswalks or a raised intersection for that matter eliminate the possibility of bus service on the street? Please explain this for us. I have personally designed this kind of solution on several frequent transit streets throughout the US and transit agencies are open to this. Minneapolis is moving forward with this at six intersectuons on Nicollet Mall, one of the most important transit and pedestrian circulation streets in the city. You’re statement is a feeling, not a fact.

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          • Matt Meskill August 20, 2016 at 9:08 pm

            Center delivery parking is illegal and causes huge blindspots and makes crossing very dangerous.

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          • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 21, 2016 at 8:10 am

            It’s interesting how accommodating the 1% of traffic (freight) is allowed to justify things.

            There are plenty of other options. It isn’t unreasonable to imagine Hawthorne- and most of any city- to not be traversable by huge trucks. UPS seems to handle transloading just fine- and figures out how to remove almost all left turns.

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        • poncho August 20, 2016 at 4:05 pm

          Making Hawthorne 1 lane each way would have prevented this, more constraint and friction that it wouldn’t be possible to go so fast and zigzag between lanes.

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          • JeffS August 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm

            You cannot state this with certainty.

            Mr Noorah may have been just as willing to pass in the oncoming lane as they were in the turn lane.

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          • Barbara Kilts August 20, 2016 at 8:37 pm

            Hawthorne is single lane each direction where this crash occurred. It has a center turning lane. Drivers going the speed limit are fine here. What this driver did was beyond the pale…

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          • paikiala August 22, 2016 at 8:16 am

            A median refuge island every three or four blocks might also have discouraged such behavior.

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            • Hello, Kitty
              Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:03 am

              There is such an island just a couple of blocks to the east. Maybe there needs to be on every block?

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        • johnr August 20, 2016 at 5:11 pm

          This should have been done long ago and studies show in won’t impede traffic…however the perception is different and we have commissioners who are whining about being delayed a few moments in traffic.

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          • paikiala August 22, 2016 at 8:18 am

            What studies? provide a citation.

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        • Middle of the Road guy August 20, 2016 at 9:54 pm

          And that would prevent someone from speeding how? You can try to blame infrastructure all you want…but this person made a choice to behave selfishly in the given infrastructure. Why do you think different infrastructure would result in a different behavior? There are some people who clearly do not obey laws and behave selfishly. Infrastructure will not change that. How well did “no means no” work to prevent rape?

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        • Buzz August 22, 2016 at 10:01 am

          The three lane cross section east of 39th is ostensibly a safer design than the four lane cross section west of 39th.

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        • Middle of the Road guy August 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

          Or drive responsibly.

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      • Champs August 20, 2016 at 10:21 am

        Some way, somehow, Vision Zero will solve homicidal recklessness.

        But still, ask yourself if Hawthorne is everything it could be. Too many people are afraid to exercise their rights at a crosswalk. It is systematic intimidation.

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        • Eric Leifsdad August 20, 2016 at 11:03 am

          Could you make it through an 8ft wide gap at 60mph while weaving through 15mph traffic? We could make it harder to drive drunk or stupid by simply making it harder to drive.

          Steel bollards with 8ft between them at every intersection (padded and high-viz, plus a helmet for safety of course.) Maybe 9ft spacing and/or retractable bollards on arterials. Freeways don’t have crosswalks.

          People shouldn’t need to carry armor to get around, and driving through a crosswalk needs to be at least half as intimidating as walking in one.

          So sad.

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          • wsbob August 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm

            “…We could make it harder to drive drunk or stupid by simply making it harder to drive. …” leifsdad

            Should society and community and people living responsibly within it, have to impose such a measure upon themselves to prevent people lacking the disposition or other conditions necessary to drive responsibly?

            I suppose Portland could pile a lot of infrastructure onto Hawthorne to make this street a cumbersome chicane-like course in order to eliminate the option of driving over a certain mile per hour. Seems doubtful though that such means would effectively or satisfactorily prevent the consequences of people that aren’t of a condition suitable to be relied upon to drive safely.

            As more info about this collision comes to be learned and reported, almost certainly not to be among that info, is that any suggestion was found that the speed the person was driving was due to the driver responding to a legitimate, life saving emergency…medical, escape, etc. It does happen occasionally, that very high speeds on neighborhood thoroughfares occur for somewhat legitimate reasons. A good guess, I would think, is that there was no such reason for the high speeds the person involved in this collision was driving.

            Joyriding…speed for thrills. Aspects of this collision call to mind the collision out on Multnomah Blvd a few months ago. Another guy horsing around, driving fast apparently for no other reason than to impress with his Corvette, some guy he met in a bar…and then losing control of the car on a straight stretch of road…and running into and killing someone riding a bike in the bike lane.

            I don’t know how it could be done fairly and well, but some means of excluding people that lack the disposition or other condition necessary to be driving safely, from driving at all until they are ready to do so, may be the only way to reduce the occurrence of collisions, especially those as tragic as this one is.

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            • Eric Leifsdad August 21, 2016 at 1:47 am

              Interrupting the left turn lane with a curb and a few posts would make it very difficult to use as a passing lane. Others have pointed out that parts of the center lane could also be a loading zone. Most people are going to be just fine driving in a straight line at 20mph and turning carefully — the rest really should not be driving. Suspended license or not, let the posts decide.

              Drivers can’t be expected to check for posts before turning into a street? There could be a person in the crosswalk. What we need there is a good, solid concrete and steel reason to be careful.

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              • shirtsoff August 21, 2016 at 8:00 am

                @Eric

                Along a similar line of thinking I came to a similar proposal for thee lane design of upper Hawthrone: Concrete, curb crosswalk “havens” or islands at every other block would be adequate to inhibit dangerous weaving such as what happened Saturday, facilitate safer crossings by allowing vulnerable modes to approach crosswalks one side at a time, and still permit freight to be unloaded within the center lane. It would not be as extreme as posts but similar.

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            • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm

              “Should society and community and people living responsibly within it, have to impose such a measure upon themselves to prevent people lacking the disposition or other conditions necessary to drive responsibly?”

              yes, absolutely… you may have heard the term “taking one for the team” and it’s something that we are all forced to due because of idiots in society…

              there are tons of signs prohibiting things that you know you could do safely, but we all know that people do unsafely and therefore none of us are allowed to do it…

              I love the flashing yellow turn arrows, but I’m ok with them going away because it seems that many people can’t be bothered to ensure oncoming traffic is clear before turning…

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      • jd August 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm

        I’m starting to think background checks for cars.

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    • JackC August 20, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Pedestrians and cyclists (pedestrians especially) need to do their part by not being in a smartphone daze or too distracted by other things to see around them. I wonder if this girl was fully aware of her surroundings? Most people cross streets (at lights) and don’t even look to see if the drivers are paying attention either.

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      • peejay August 20, 2016 at 7:43 pm

        No. No, no, no. You don’t know what you are talking about. Your speculation about the victim of a traffic murder is destructive.

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      • Dan A August 20, 2016 at 8:18 pm

        Apparently you didn’t read the article.

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      • SD August 20, 2016 at 11:46 pm

        …and just when you think there is a tragedy where there could not possibly be any victim blaming.

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      • jeff August 22, 2016 at 11:36 am

        the driver was estimated doing between 50-60mph. on a 25-30mph street. just shut it, Jack. This kid did nothing wrong, was walking on at the intersection, which by Oregon law is a crosswalk.

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      • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        you don’t know if pedestrians and cyclists are distracted and it doesn’t matter when they’re obeying the law…

        I try to look as distracted as possible when I’m crossing the street… I’m still watching cars but you can’t tell because I’m not moving my head… as soon I step off the curb I stick my face in my phone to force drivers to actually stop… if they think I know they’re there then they’ll force themselves through illegally by intimidating me to give up my right of way… if they think they’re going to run me over because I don’t see them then they’ll stop…

        so no, we’re not distracted, we’re just ignoring you and we don’t care…

        life is a beer commercial, drive responsibly…

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    • jeff August 22, 2016 at 11:35 am

      no, Hawthorne is a piece of asphalt that responsible and safe drivers use daily.

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    • Todd Boulanger August 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      It also broken for law abiding drivers too…I stopped driving on it if I have a choice…just too much going on in too little space.

      The City (PBoT) has been sitting on real design reform for it since the 90s outreach. It time for action please…the research supports it, VZ supports it, City policy supports it, and by now the business owners most likely would too if collectively asked. Do not let institutional fear of a past outreach effort keep the City from acting for purposes of traffic safety.

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  • Lisa Smillie August 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

    And how will this behavior be punished?

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  • Random August 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

    ***This comment has been deleted due to insensitive content. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at jonathan@bikeportland.org. ***

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    • Adam H.
      Adam H. August 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

      ***This comment has been deleted. – Jonathan ***.

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      • Random August 20, 2016 at 10:03 am

        ***Hi Random. I don’t appreciate your references and speculation about where the driver is from or what his citizenship status is. Please cut it out and/or find a different way to make your point. Thanks. Jonathan ***

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        • Champs August 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm

          Only two weeks ago that there was a circular firing squad over factual-if-gratuitous use of the term “lady motorist” in another fatal collision. Fast forward to today’s comments, which have a distinctly different tone.

          I have a word or two for what I’d call it.

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      • Chris I August 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

        ***This comment has been deleted for insensitive speculation about a person’s race and citizenship status. – Jonathan ***

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        • Random August 20, 2016 at 10:19 am

          ***Hi Random. I don’t appreciate your references and speculation about where the driver is from or what his citizenship status is. Please cut it out and/or find a different way to make your point. Thanks. Jonathan ***

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        • wsbob August 20, 2016 at 6:13 pm

          Regardless of country of origin, citizenship or visa status, deportation can’t really be an effective strategy against people driving irresponsibly or incompetently, because disposition, behavior or other conditions contributing to driving that is dangerous, run across all borders and nationalities: If the opportunity is there, some people will drive terribly, for a whole range of reasons.

          There’s got to be some better ways of helping people consistently drive better, than by turning streets into infrastructure obstacle courses, or by getting rid of them by locking them up or removing from the country, the likely small percentage…relative to the total number of bad drivers on the road…that aren’t citizens.

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      • dwk August 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

        You throw that term around so easily…
        WTF are you?

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        • dwk August 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

          I was replying to Adam.

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          • Random August 20, 2016 at 10:31 am

            Of course.

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        • soren August 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

          Using the word racist upsets you so much that you drop an abbreviated F-bomb. Please stop stalking and bullying.

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    • sabes August 20, 2016 at 9:57 am

      My racism meter is broken…

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    • Anne Hawley
      Anne Hawley August 20, 2016 at 10:21 am

      It’s really enough to assume “entitlement”, based partly on age and partly on probable car value, without resorting to racial presuppositions.

      Entitlement, from whatever source, is what made it possible for this person to kill a girl on the street. Entitlement, coupled with the infrastructure that allows people to make stupid, murderous, DGAF driving decisions like the one this entitled person clearly made.

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      • Anne Hawley
        Anne Hawley August 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

        Rethinking this, even the driver’s age and car value aren’t really relevant. People crossing more than one lane of traffic on foot have been killed this way by all sorts of cars and drivers.

        The sense of entitlement, however, remains: this road has an extra lane, I’m in a hurry or angry or impatient, and now I’m ticked off because someone has stopped. I don’t care why, I’m too stupid and untrained to realize that there might be a pedestrian with right of way, and by god I’m gonna just blaze on through.

        Because there’s room, because I’m feeling the need for speed, because my car can go that fast, and because I’ve never heard of anyone getting into any trouble for it.

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        • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 20, 2016 at 5:04 pm

          Yep, thanks Anne. The entitlement wasn’t “hey, it’s okay for me to (illegally) pass in the center lane at high speed”, it’s the standard “I’m not stopping for that pedestrian” or “I’m going to honk at the car in front of me that’s going slow”.

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          • Hello, Kitty
            Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:10 am

            I don’t think the driver ever saw the pedestrian… I am certainly skeptical he saw her and decided to hit her rather than slow down. You’re trying to impose a level of rational thought that I just don’t think was there.

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        • paikiala August 22, 2016 at 8:23 am

          Excessive selfishness, plain and simple.
          Placing what one wants (less delay) ahead of what others need (safety).

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          • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 12:19 pm

            and it’s the entire country that has a problem with it, not just drivers…

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      • 9watts August 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

        “Some US-Americans—no make that the US Goverment—have a justified reputation for arrogance and not being terribly respectful of the laws of foreign countries.”

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    • James August 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Interesting how speculation about national origin only ever occurs for non-white sounding names.

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      • Random August 20, 2016 at 1:10 pm

        ***Hi Random. I don’t appreciate your references and speculation about where the driver is from or what his citizenship status is. Please cut it out and/or find a different way to make your point. Thanks. Jonathan ***

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      • Chris I August 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm

        Is that interesting? America is still majority white. I wouldn’t expect speculation with white or African American sounding names…

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  • Gerald Fittipaldi August 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 22nd.

    As part of Legislative Days in Salem, the public has the opportunity to meet with their legislators during the day. Then at 5:00-8:00pm there’s a statewide meeting, open to the pubic, on transportation funding, etc.

    BikeLoudPDX and Livable Streets Action will be going down to Salem in numbers to demand a reprioritization in funding for active transportation and making our streets safer. (Full details to be released soon). Please join us!

    The death toll on Oregon roads has increased by 42% in just the past two years:

    Fatalities:
    2013: 313
    2014: 356
    2015: 445

    2016 is shaping up to be the deadliest in a long time in Portland and across the state. Many of the Portland deaths are occurring on ODOT-owned roads.

    Change will only take place from the bottom up.

    To get involved, please email bikeloudpdx@gmail.com or livablestreetsaction@gmail.com, and let us know your ideas for creating change, and how you would like to get participate.

    Other ways to stay in the loop of grassroots action:

    http://bikeloudpdx.org
    http://livablestreetsaction.org

    BikeLoudPDX Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#!forum/bikeloudpdx

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    • David Hampsten August 20, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Most of the Portland fatalities on state highways are of drivers killed in crashes, with a few bike and pedestrian deaths here or there, mostly along Lombard and 82nd. Most traffic crash deaths, but especially of bicyclists and pedestrians, are actually on City of Portland streets, such as Division, Flavel/Mt Scott, Hawthorne, etc, even when they cross state facilities.

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  • Josh Chernoff August 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Not an hour later on the hawthorn bridge I was filling people driving with the same disregard for life. Hearing about this child being murdered like this hurts my soul.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9z45iHWx9E
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yk8h3vvwtg

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    • Anne Hawley
      Anne Hawley August 20, 2016 at 10:23 am

      That ramp needs to go. It’s designed like a freeway onramp, and drivers treat it like one.

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      • lyle w. August 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

        It’s the perfect synthesis of incredibly poor road planning and selfish, careless driving habits churned up in one terrible crossing.

        The fact that the city has made no attempt to do anything about it in years says one thousand times more than anything they could ever say in any press release or enforcement action.

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        • Anne Hawley
          Anne Hawley August 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm

          The entertainer who used to be at that spot every single day at eastbound rush hour probably did a lot to grab driver attention. I think it was felt that he blocked drivers’ view of oncoming bikes, but he sure made drivers aware of the here-and-now.

          I’ve forgotten his name, but his memory is vivid.

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          • Matt August 20, 2016 at 7:47 pm

            His name was Kirk Reeves. He killed himself not that long ago.

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            • CaptainKarma August 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

              Workin’ Kirk, for whom a mural has been dedicated at NE Grand and Lloyd, and an attempt was made to name the tillicum bridge for him.

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    • John Lascurettes August 20, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      What is the guy in the video yelling at the cyclists for? I’m so confused. And he yells at one of the cyclists “It’s a #$# crosswalk!” — no sir, it’s a bike lane crossing a slip turn and mounting the MUP.

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      • Sam August 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

        I think I know that guy and he’s an avid cyclist, his frustration is directed towards the car.

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        • lyle w. August 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm

          I think that’s actually literally Josh.

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        • John Lascurettes August 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm

          Ah, well, that was unclear. It looked like he was directing his gaze and gestures at the cyclists in both videos. It was kind of bizarre.

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          • Josh Chernoff August 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm

            In both videos the driver almost ran over the cyclist. I’m there protesting the behavior of the drivers. Look at how the cars jerk forward as there is a person in front of it. This should not be this hard to see.

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      • Josh Chernoff August 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

        look closer I’m yelling at the car who almost hit the cyclist. What you do see is the guy in the car talking shit to me.

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  • Hawthorne dweller August 20, 2016 at 10:29 am

    That first paragraph says it all. Thank you, thank you, thank you, BikePortland – none of the local media are brave enough to state it so perfectly. I came here looking for information after coming close to the scene yesterday. Devastating.

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    • rachel b August 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Agreed. Well phrased, Jonathan.

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  • Teddy August 20, 2016 at 11:15 am

    At first I assumed this was a case of someone passing a vehicle on the left or right after the aforementioned vehicle had stopped for a pedestrian.

    This is so so sad to read about I am so sorry for the victim’s friends and family. I hope the victim did not suffer.

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  • AhaMOM August 20, 2016 at 11:20 am

    The Every Intersection is A CrossWalk ODOT advertising could make pedestrians feel a bit more righteous. OF course pedestrians always have the right of way but spending money on advertising this message is ridiculous! I wish the money spent on Bigfoot and the ODOT commercials were instead spent on alerting drivers to pedestrian crossings. It may not have prevented this tragedy but when I’m out with my kids I always navigate them to marked crosswalks and lighted intersections.

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    • BB August 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      Exercising the right to use the roadway in a legal way is “righteous” just because you don’t want your snowflakes to use unmarked crosswalks? Wow..

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  • Mike Sanders August 20, 2016 at 11:25 am

    He should be nailed – hard – on every one of these charges. Plus manslaughter with a deadly weapon, namely, his car.

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  • Paul Ecord August 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Can someone please explain why this cannot rate a murder charge? If someone is committing a crime, like a burglary, and fires a gun as a warning or as an intimidation tactic and someone is killed the perpetrator can be charged with murder even though there was no intent to kill. I have a hard time seeing the difference here.

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  • jd August 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    “gold Lexus”

    I hope the girl’s family sues his mommy and daddy into bankruptcy.

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    • Mike 2 August 22, 2016 at 11:04 am

      http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/cto/5743838035.html

      $1500. I bet this guys’ parents are filthy rich!

      Just because it’s a Lexus doesn’t mean it’s an expensive vehicle.

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    • Hello, Kitty
      Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:19 am

      That would be great… punish the perpetrator’s family. I believe this tactic is used elsewhere in the world, and is nearly universally condemned.

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      • Mike 2 August 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

        Isn’t Trump suggesting a similar tactic is used for suspected terrorists?

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        • Hello, Kitty
          Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

          He wants to build a wall across Hawthorne, and make Division pay for it.

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  • ScottB August 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    It always seemed odd to me that Portland would not put more priority on fixing Hawthorne Blvd around the busy business districts. The sidewalks are unusually narrow for the level of foot traffic. I don’t know why the built a business district with such narrow sidewalks. On weekends the sidewalks can be crammed to a standstill, while the traffic lanes are mostly empty except for a few speeding drivers. So much space for cars and not enough for people. Average car speeds are way too high, and together with a lack of zebra crosswalks makes it difficult to cross. Seems increasingly out of place compared to other similar areas of the city.

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    • Michael August 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      I recall that the business alliance on Hawthorne has successfully opposed any changes to the street configuration.

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      • Michael August 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

        http://bikeportland.org/2006/07/10/city-begins-hawthorne-boulevard-project-1610

        From the comments:

        Sara July 10, 2006 at 3:28 pm

        I think that curb extensions, upgraded traffic signals, and alligned intersections are not going to be enough to make Hawthorne safe enough.

        One idea I’ve had for Hawthorne is to make each direction one lane for cars plus a bike lane (or have a really wide sharrow so that cyclists could avoid parked car doors), with a turning lane in the middle. The crosswalks also need overhead signals or alert lights. It’s just so congested that it’s hard to see if people are trying to cross the street.

        Randy July 11, 2006 at 11:00 am

        Sara’s suggestion is identical to one made many years ago by the BTA, the BTA still has a poster in their office with an artist’s rendition of this lane configuration on Hawthorne. This idea was nixed by PDOT engineers and the Hawthorne Blvd. Business Association during Advisory Committee meetings for this project because they felt it would cause excessive delays for motorists.

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        • Michael August 20, 2016 at 6:09 pm

          and this. it would be great to see this picture.

          Jessica Roberts July 14, 2006 at 9:16 am

          The drawing Randy refers to is beautiful and inspiring, and it’s hard to believe it was rejected. Jonathan, sometime when you’re in the area stop by the office and we’ll see if we can get a good photo for you to post.

          Jessica Roberts
          Metro-Area Advocate
          Bicycle Transportation Alliance

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          • Mike Sanders August 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm

            The Hawthorne Business Assn. nixed this in 2006? Wow. I’d like to see that poster myself. The BA and PBOT need to revisit that decision, pronto.

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    • SD August 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      It is bizarre and it is the prevailing approach for many pedestrian heavy streets in Portland; Alberta, Division, NE 28th, etc. The idea that streets with businesses that attract pedestrians should also be high throughput arterials seems to come from the unfounded fears of some business owners. In practice it is a design that maximizes auto vs. pedestrian conflict.
      The road diet on Williams that allows for adequate bike access may have some issues, but killing businesses is not one of them.

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      • Adam H.
        Adam H. August 20, 2016 at 5:09 pm

        Division is worlds better than Hawthorne in terms of pedestrian-friendliness. The two lane vs. four lane configuration helps immensely, as well as the sidewalk widths being much wider. Motor traffic is often backed up on Divison, which forces slow speeds; vs. Hawthorne which often has faster-moving traffic. Personally, I find Division far more enjoyable to walk along, to the point that I’d rather spend my time there vs. Hawthorne.

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:24 am

        I believe many streets became successful commercial districts because of the high traffic volumes and easy driving conditions. Our goals may be changing now, but this helps explain why the business association doesn’t want to impede traffic flow. It really has been the source of their success.

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        • SD August 22, 2016 at 12:55 pm

          There is a point of diminishing returns with car traffic as density increases. Hawthorne passed this point several years ago and car traffic is now restricting the pedestrian traffic that it may have once enabled.

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        • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 1:01 pm

          “It really has been the source of their success.”

          They certainly think so, but do we know this to be the case?

          I remember some time back, when Ms. Holliday of Staccato Gelato penned an open letter complaining about the threat of fewer car parking spaces to make way for bikes on 28th that we found several examples – not just in Europe but North America – where removing parking, removing cars from a business district led to an uptick in economic activity at those locations. PSU studied this too, in a slightly different vein, looking at how much, on average, someone getting around by bike spent vs someone in a car. I seem to recall that by some measures those on bikes spent more.

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          • Hello, Kitty
            Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm

            I do believe it was the case (and may, or may not, still be). But that’s not really important — what’s important is that they believe it, so understanding why they do may offer ideas for challenging that belief, or, at least, offering ideas of why a change is in their best interest.

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            • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

              “what’s important is that they believe it, so understanding why they do may offer ideas for challenging that belief, or, at least, offering ideas of why a change is in their best interest.”

              I get that. And that is a very noble angle to take.
              But at the end of the day, I’m not sure how much latitude I’m willing to give these erroneous beliefs. Holding onto a screwed up or anachronistic set of beliefs such as these has consequences, and those who hold these beliefs have a certain amount of responsibility in this matter, don’t you think?

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm

                Take the pragmatic view… convince them of fight them.

                As a proponent of devolving power, who believes that they and their residential neighbors should have a strong say in what happens in their neighborhood, I would advocate for the convince them approach.

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm

                Allowing privileged neighborhoods to choose to remain privileged is counter-productive to equity.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm

                You’re right… we should let other privileged people tell us what to do.

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm

                Note that I believe the exact opposite (i.e. agree with you) for underprivileged neighborhoods, that the city should be listening more intensely to what they want.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 9:55 pm

                You propose classifying neighborhoods by “privilege” and allowing different levels of participation and input in each? Who would make that determination? Would you differentiate between different “classes” of residents in each neighborhood, favoring, say, residents who had lived in a neighborhood longer, or who match a certain racial profile? In “high privilege” neighborhoods, would any residents have a say, or would they all be shut out, regardless of race, gender, income, age, disability, sexual orientation, or other status?

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 10:11 pm

                And, I’ll add, the “underprivileged” in N Portland were pretty opposed to the N Williams bike project. I don’t know if you were here then, but they could have used you to help make sure their voice was heard.

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 11:11 pm

                And rightly so. They were pissed because the neighborhood has been asking for years for basic improvements yet the city only starts paying attention once the white people started moving in. Instead of forcing a bike lane (that frankly isn’t even that great anyway) down the neighborhoods throat, they should have let the neighborhood start the conversation.

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm

                Any no one is saying shut privileged people out entirely. I’m saying give underprivileged groups a larger voice and greater weight to decision making. The needs of, say, white, wealthy, homeowners, pretty much take care of themselves sans government intervention.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:40 pm

                If we’d done that, Williams would still be Williams, and we could have put that money into a project where the right people wanted it. Or maybe we could have invested it in car projects in N Portland to help make up for years of neglect.

                I have this radical notion that maybe everyone should have input into the decisions that affect them, not just the groups you’ve identified as being deserving.

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 9:19 am

                What I’m saying is: let everyone give input equally but give more weight to the input of historically under-represented populations and at-risk groups.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 23, 2016 at 9:23 am

                I just don’t know how toysthis would work. Would, for example, testimony be labeled with the income and race of the submitter?

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

                There are advocacy groups set up specifically for this purpose. NAACP, APANO, AARP, etc.

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    • wsbob August 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      “It always seemed odd to me that Portland would not put more priority on fixing Hawthorne Blvd around the busy business districts. The sidewalks are unusually narrow for the level of foot traffic. I don’t know why the built a business district with such narrow sidewalks. On weekends the sidewalks can be crammed to a standstill, while the traffic lanes are mostly empty except for a few speeding drivers. …” scottb

      How is motor vehicle traffic on weekdays, particularly during rush hour? I’ve understood Hawthorne Blvd to be a defacto highway, or as SD commenting below phrased it “… high throughput arterials…”, to accommodate large numbers of through traveling, commuters, many of which likely are not neighborhood residents. I’d say it’s for this reason in no small part that Hawthorne is configured as it is for motor vehicle travel.

      Also, when the streets sidewalks were laid out, Hawthorne in the several blocks east and west of 39th, was not the big bustling pedestrian area it’s gradually become. The need for wider sidewalks and quieter street use with motor vehicles, is a relatively recent evolution.

      People can talk about removing left turn lanes and whatnot on Hawthorne, but I expect the city isn’t going to want to do anything that would decrease the motor vehicle throughput on this street. Particularly when incidents of people driving very high speeds of 60mph (easy speed to attain in a very short distance, with many high powered cars available to day…just punch the accelerator and watch the speedometer needle climb.), are relatively isolated incidents.

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      • Ben August 22, 2016 at 10:48 am

        The weirdest thing about Hawthorne’s status as an “arterial” is that it’s less than three miles long and dead-ends at Tabor. It’s useless as a road to east Portland. Why do so many people treat it like a highway, if they’re just going to run into Powell or Division anyway?

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        • Beeblebrox August 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm

          Because Hawthorne/50th/Foster is the designated arterial. It’s a weird shape, but is useful enough to draw plenty of traffic. But you’re right, this does add to the argument that it should not be prioritized so much for cars.

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

        As more density comes to the area, there will be more demand for travel along the corridor, making it harder yet to constrict the flow of vehicles.

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        • SD August 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

          Good reason to turn auto access into pedestrian and cycling access now, rather than later.

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        • Adam H.
          Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 1:00 pm

          We should be constructing the flow of vehicles by design. Congestion causes speeds to slow down, and slower = safer. Congestion also serves as a deterrent to driving, and will get people to consider other modes. However, the latter only works if you give those other modes their own space. Most people are probably not going to give up driving in traffic for sitting on a bus stuck in traffic.

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      • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

        people driving at very high speeds near 60 mph is not an isolated incident on Hawthorne… getting caught going that fast on Hawthorne is an isolated incident…

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    • Eric August 22, 2016 at 9:58 am

      I don’t know this for sure, but would put money on the sidewalks on Hawthorne being narrowed at some point in the past to make more room in the car travel lanes.

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:27 am

        I would take that bet.

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        • Hello, Kitty
          Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

          Cancel that comment… I misunderstood what you wrote. My bad!

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      • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm

        you’d win that bet…

        “Until the 1930s, Hawthorne had wider sidewalks. The original sidewalks
        were 12 feet wide and in many places had a three-foot wide planting strip next to the curb. However, as the automobile became an increasing presence on Portland’s roads, it became evident that more space was needed on the roadway for travel lanes and on-street parking to support businesses.”

        https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/146697

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  • Andrew Kreps August 20, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I cross right there often. Including last night.

    Fuck.

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  • David Hampsten August 20, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Jonathan, you say there was a conference at PSU. Was PBOT touting it’s vision zero program? How were they reacting to this death at the conference, as well as rising deaths since they started their program, in public? Angst? Interested and concerned? Or did they ignore it?

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  • JeffS August 20, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    This is my neighborhood. I walk across this intersection frequently.

    I’m hesitant to have an infrastructure discussion here. It implies that this death was the fault of the road, and not a careless driver. I could write a book on the challenges of walking Hawthorne east and west of 39th, but I’ll leave it for another time.

    Seeing your child run down by a wreckless motorist right in front of you is a nightmare I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

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    • 9watts August 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      -> wreckful in this case.

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  • still riding after all that August 20, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    No matter what changes are made in road configuration or speed limit or anything else, an A-hole with no regard for other people’s lives will STILL be an A-hole with no regard for other people’s lives. Sad but true. 🙁

    That doesn’t mean we should stop trying to improve infrastructure, but in this case, the road does not appear to be the problem.

    My deepest sympathies to the young lady’s family and friends.

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    • Alan 1.0 August 20, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve heard another vehicle was stopped for the pedestrians (mom & daughter) when Noorah blew through the crosswalk in the center lane. If so, that’s yet another case of the Good Samaritan Death Trap.

      In this case, the center turning lane is the set-up for that trap. The road is the problem.

      The way 43rd is offset at Hawthorne makes it ideal for an armored pedestrian refuge in a single crosswalk (NE corner to SW corner) while still allowing left turns from Hawthorne in both directions. There are expensive solutions involving curbs and trees and bollards, but it could be done on the cheap with a couple Jersey barrier sections and paint. Those barriers would totally stop that particular trap.

      Mr. Rivera, if PBOT would do its job there would be a whole lot less (non-) condoning and condolences.

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      • Adam H.
        Adam H. August 20, 2016 at 9:47 pm

        It’s not a “Good Samaritan Death Trap”. Drivers are required to stop for people want to cross.

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        • Alan 1.0 August 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

          I see your point but it’s still the same set-up which ends up killing innocent people. I certainly mean no onus on the driver who stopped, and I blame Noorah for his actions and the resulting death, but PBOT can put a complete stop to that abuse of the center lane without reducing its use to legitimate traffic, including loading and turning.

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          • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 1:01 pm

            parking and unloading/loading is not a legal use of the center lane…

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            • Alan 1.0 August 23, 2016 at 9:20 am

              Can you cite the specific code on that? Either way, center turn lanes are used for commercial delivery very frequently and I haven’t seen any problems with it.

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              • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 23, 2016 at 9:55 am

                This may not be all of it, but it was my first result on google:

                811.346

                A person commits the offense of misuse of a special left turn lane if the person uses a special left turn lane for anything other than making a left turn either into or from the special left turn lane.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 23, 2016 at 10:14 am

                Is a center lane a “special left turn lane”? The law you cited makes it sound as if I can only use the center lane to turn onto another center lane.

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              • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 23, 2016 at 10:20 am

                That’s what I found that appeared to apply. “left turn into” is if, say, you are turning left onto a street from a driveway, and “left turn from” is if you are turning left from a street into a driveway. Let me know if you find something more suitable.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 23, 2016 at 10:24 am

                Personally, I like it when drivers unload from the suicide lane… it re-emphasizes that the street is a multi-purpose public space, not just for driving.

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        • Hello, Kitty
          Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

          A driver did stop.

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      • jeff August 22, 2016 at 11:41 am

        no, the road is fine. he passed a stopped vehicle in the center/turning lane which is against the law. no amount of infrastructure is going to stop someone from making a decision like that.

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        • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 22, 2016 at 12:09 pm

          Narrower roads help. Traffic calming helps.

          This driver is not an outlier. He was farther down the ‘danger’ distribution than most, but.. 40mph on Hawthorne and streets like it is very common.

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          • Alan 1.0 August 22, 2016 at 1:08 pm

            Concrete and steel help.

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        • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 1:03 pm

          a center island would have prevented that decision… and if not it would have stopped the vehicle…

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    • Matt Meskill August 20, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      The road definitely contributed to the problem. If he was passing cars he must have been in the center turn lane. Get rid of the center turn lane. They’re misused and abused anyway. And put in raised crosswalks. And speed bumps. Etc. Lots can be done.

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      • 9watts August 20, 2016 at 9:13 pm

        I’m not clear where the chorus calling for removing the center turn lane is coming from. I thought a center turn lane was the key carrot in a road diet for a road such as Hawthorne (or Division beyond 60th). Am I missing something? Don’t we agree that three is a big improvement over four? Is asking for two prudent here?

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        • Adam H.
          Adam H. August 20, 2016 at 9:45 pm

          I’ve been arguing against the enter turn lane for Foster, too. It only exists to make driving easier and it takes space away from potential sidewalk widening or cycle tracks. Better would be to ban all left turns, like on W Burnside.

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          • Paul Cone August 20, 2016 at 10:08 pm

            They just put a left-turn back in on Burnside, going eastbound just west of the bridge.

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            • shirtsoff August 21, 2016 at 8:07 am

              Blasphemy! 😉 The lack of left-turns along W Burnside is a defining characteristic of the city. More than once while reading the tour blogs of musicians they have mentioned how “you can’t turn left anywhere in (downtown) Portland”. 🙂 Of course it is an exaggeration but an amusing observation from outsiders to Portland’s road designs.

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              • 9watts August 21, 2016 at 8:10 am

                I think it would be important to be clear about why we ban left turns. West Burnside is justly famous for this, but so are parts of Hawthorne (thirties). As an occasional driver I find this highly annoying and always assumed it was a deferential gesture to oncoming through (CAR) traffic. I would find it far more palatable if the policy of banning left turns were defended as a humanitarian gesture.

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        • John Liu
          John Liu August 20, 2016 at 10:17 pm

          Road diets need a center turn lane, otherwise the traffic gets terribly backed up by drivers trying to turn left. Yes, Adam, drivers do have to turn left, to get where they are going. Forcing them to make three right turns (first one across any bike lane that may exist) and cross the road (and bike lanes) creates more danger than a simple left.

          This driver was beyond reckless. 50-60 mph on Hawthorne is utter craziness. Infrastructure can’t stop someone like that, unfortunately the only thing to do is a long jail sentence.

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          • Adam H.
            Adam H. August 20, 2016 at 10:24 pm

            Oh, kind of how people cycling have to go out of their way all the time? Curious.

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          • Alan 1.0 August 20, 2016 at 10:27 pm

            Infrastructure can’t do EVERYTHIING but it sure as hell can stop the center lane from being an uninterrupted .5 mile drag strip from Chavez to 50th.

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            • Hello, Kitty
              Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:34 am

              There is at least one concrete median island in that stretch interrupting the drag strip.

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              • Alan 1.0 August 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm

                Thanks for mentioning it, it’s at 48th. It didn’t show up in Google’s satellite photo last week but it does now, and in Streetviews (photo: June 2016), so that curbed island in the turn lane seems to have gone in this year. It’s an example of what is needed at 43rd and several other, if not all, cross streets along that stretch of Hawthorne, and any other street with a turn lane and crosswalks.

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          • soren August 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm

            center turn lanes can be interrupted so that they are not potential through lanes.

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          • jd August 21, 2016 at 8:35 am

            Powell out east of 50th has medians mid-block to prevent through travel in the turn lane. That would have prevented this.

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      • Middle of the Road guy August 20, 2016 at 10:02 pm

        No, someone’s decision to drive recklessly cause the problem. Thousands of people seem to negotiate this road without incident every day. If the road encouraged such behavior, there would be deaths on a regular basis.

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  • Tre August 20, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Tree Islands to insure no through traffic in turn lane

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    • Steve Scarich August 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Or, just an occasional bollard of some kind. In Bend, traffic has increased dramatically the past 2 or 3 years. In the past month, I have seen dozens of cars drive at or above the speed limit for several blocks in the left lane; I have even seen drivers use it as a passing lane. If someone had told me this would happen before, I would have thought they were lying.

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      • KristenT August 23, 2016 at 10:14 am

        Happens all the time out here in Durham on Upper Boones Ferry when the I-5 south traffic grinds to a slow trundle. People get tired of waiting in the long line of traffic, and they’re going to turn left eventually (just a quarter mile down the road!) so they pull out into the center turn lane and blast up the road to Bridgeport Rd and their left turn.

        I love it when Tigard and Tualatin motorcycle cops sit in the driveways along the East side of UBF and pull people over for misuse of the turn lane. I wish they’d do it more often.

        But then again, our business asked for painted crosswalks at Rivendell (where it T’s into UBF) and Afton, and that didn’t happen because ODOT didn’t want to. So I can’t imagine a lot will happen to stop people from misusing the turn lane either.

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  • Mark Smith August 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Why is one of the most well known streets in Portland still sporting a design fitting of 1950 instead of 2020?

    Cut out the turn late, move the cars in and place a protected bike lane.

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  • Adman August 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Street design can do a lot of things for safety, but one thing it can’t do is prevent a homicidal level of carelessness. If you’re driving 60 mph on Hawethorne that is homicidal carelessness. Even places like the Netherlands that are way ahead of the curve on street design occasionally have incidents like this.

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    • soren August 21, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Street design can easily prevent a turn lane from being used to illegally pass stopped traffic at high speed.

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  • ScottB August 20, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Yet another collision involving a driver with a suspended license.

    I read that one in five fatal crashes involves at least one driver who is not properly licensed. Using the national average of 7% suspended licenses, Portland would have over 42,000 of them. Three fourth continue to drive, so ~32,000 for Portland. Of those, an estimated 39% (and apparently growing) are suspended for social non-conformance issues, not related to road safety. This leaves an estimated 20,000 driving in Portland with known safety issues bad enough to have their licenses suspended.

    I also read that Portland uses licenses plate scanners on 16 patrol cars (2014) capturing around 5,000 plates per officer per shift, and the Oregon courts have upheld the use of these scanners to flag suspended licenses (2013). But the same article said Portland only had 20 plates on their list to be flagged. Hmm.

    So if PPB can scan 80,000 plates per shift, how long could someone drive with a suspended license and not have their plate captured into the system. I’m guessing maybe just a few hours of driving or less.

    So why does PPB does not seem to scan for suspended drivers. Maybe because they know most are suspended for social non-conformance, and not safety? Why then not separate out the suspensions due to road safety, sort by severity, and put the worst of the worst on the list to be flagged by the scanners. In a short period of time, they could potentially reduce the fatal collision rate by over 40%. What other Vision Zero project could achieve anywhere near that result without spending any money, and start tomorrow.

    It seems like the system also needs reform. The below report recommends that non-highway safety violations (like minor drug offenses) should not trigger license suspensions, so that law enforcement and the courts can focus on the suspended unsafe drivers. Although I don’t see why PPB can not just filter the database themselves and add some of the plates to their list to be flagged.

    Note this link is a pdf download…
    “Best Practices Guide to Reducing Suspended Drivers”
    http://www.aamva.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=3723

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    • Dan A August 21, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Suspended is suspended. Stop them all.

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    • J_R August 21, 2016 at 9:38 am

      The scanning is of license plates. License plates may have expired. Drivers’ licenses cannot readily be scanned because they are on a person. Drivers’ licenses may be suspended.

      I think what is lacking is a way to show that the driver behind the wheel has both a valid driver’s license and insurance. I propose a dash mounted chip reader into which the driver inserts his/her driver’s license and proof of insurance and an indicator shows up on the outside of the vehicle next to the license plate. The indicator for a driver’s license could also differentiate the license. For example, my elderly mother’s license could show “daylight hours only.”

      Of course, we’d need much more enforcement. Have you noticed how many Oregon vehicle operators simply ignore the requirement for display of a front license plate? How many are ever cited?

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      • Pete August 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

        This is exactly my idea as well. Chipped card technology with unique (and authenticated) identifiers has been in use for a while. Wireless V2V and V2I infrastructure is in the R&D stage (funded by our tax dollars) now, and a secure infrastructure allowing authorities to discern or locate individuals driving cars is feasible. Ethical, on the other hand, is an argument that continues and will escalate as insurance companies help push this “safety” technology into the mainstream.

        Of course, we could always do what many other countries do, and force the registered owner of a car to be fully liable for the car’s usage at all times (regardless of who’s driving it, except when reported stolen that is).

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        • Hello, Kitty
          Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

          Routine governmental tracking of people on the street is horribly problematic. Be careful what you wish for.

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          • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 22, 2016 at 12:07 pm

            One example- ALPRs scan what they can see. So privileged drivers who park in garages are less likely to get “scanned”/”seen” than those who park on the street.

            Automated methods can have biases too.

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            • Hello, Kitty
              Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 12:08 pm

              Is that an argument against scanning license plates?

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              • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 22, 2016 at 12:13 pm

                Yes- I was attempting to agree with you about the problems of “Routine governmental tracking of people on the street “.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm

                Ok, it’s generally bad practice to argue with someone who is agreeing with you, but… hey, it’s what we do on BikePortland!

                I actually do not oppose license plate scanning if, once scanned and compared with a database of “wanted” cars, the information is not stored and permanently destroyed. Where I get uncomfortable is when all license plate data is stored “for later use”, without clear safeguards or mandates against long-term retention. It is possible to get a lot of value from scanning, without violating privacy to an undue degree, as long as rigorous rules and oversight are in place.

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm

                Ok, it’s generally bad practice to argue with someone who is agreeing with you, but… hey, it’s what we do on BikePortland!

                No it isn’t.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 1:03 pm

                That’s not an argument… It’s just contradiction!

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          • ScottB August 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

            Who said anything about tracking? They don’t track. If a patrol car gets a hit from list, they deal with it then. That is the whole point.

            What is more horribly problematic, innocent victims of street violence who die because the driver believes he won’t be caught, or your irrational fear that your plate number might remain on a computer somewhere? How many others will die or cases go unsolved because you want to handicap the police from using tools that have been widely used for years. Personally I would not want that much blood on my hands.

            If you want to worry about tracking, I would worry far more about the info that Google has on you.

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            • Hello, Kitty
              Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

              So you believe the police discard data on vehicles they aren’t actively looking for? Think again…

              This info is from 2013, but no reason to think things have changed radically since then:

              July 19, 2013 – Four Oregon jurisdictions are known to be among the hundreds nationwide that the American Civil Liberties Union says are using automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) scanners to assemble a “single, high-resolution image of our lives.” Clackamas County, Oregon City, Portland, and Salem had confirmed local use of ALPRs by fall 2012—one vehicle-mounted device in Oregon City, four devices each in in Portland and Clackamas (we have since learned that Portland utilizes an additional twelve ALPRs), and one “system” with an unspecified number of devices in Salem…

              …A Clackamas County draft policy that the ACLU received in December 2012 states that information gathered by ALPR shall be retained for 10 years. An Oregon City policy dated August 29, 2012, specifies only that ALPR data “should be stored for the minimum period established by department records retention guidelines, and thereafter may be purged unless it has become, or…will become, evidence in a criminal or civil action.” In Portland, Mayor Charlie Hales issued an Executive Order April 9, 2013, that dictates data retention for a minimum of 30 days and maximum of 4 years.

              http://www.aclu-or.org/content/license-plates-scanned-tracked-and-recorded-oregon

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          • Pete August 22, 2016 at 8:37 pm

            Note my preferred solution in the second paragraph.

            The identity and authentication information is stored in the chip, which would allow a driver to start a car. In fact, it could allow only a driver with motorcycle endorsement to start a bike, a driver with Class C to start a semi tractor, etc. The vehicle’s architecture would dictate what could be done with that information, much like your smartphone’s operating system dictates what can be done with your account information (for the most part). Note that I’m not arguing that this information should be propagated wirelessly, only that it can. The vehicle’s ‘black box’, on the other hand, could tell investigators who was behind the wheel when a vehicle started its journey, at the very least.

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        • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm

          “Of course, we could always do what many other countries do, and force the registered owner of a car to be fully liable for the car’s usage at all times”

          I wish for this every day… that would make the citizen citation process a lot easier and force people to be responsible…

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      • Middle of the Road guy August 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm

        Yes, and let’s also track where everyone drives and what they do…because that is not problematic. As long as we are monitoring cars, why not bikes? Seems fair if everyone is using the same roadways.

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        • 9watts August 21, 2016 at 7:08 pm

          “As long as we are monitoring cars, why not bikes? Seems fair if everyone is using the same roadways.”

          You and others make these sorts of suggestions here with some frequency. I have to ask, aside from a peevish desire for parity, what could possibly be the motivation for doing this? I take it you appreciate that without cars flitting every-which-way (thought experiment) the bikes you are so intent on monitoring wouldn’t likely be causing any carnage to themselves or others and would thus hardly justify the expensive monitoring. If, by contrast, you were to remove the bikes (thought experiment) I doubt the carnage we’ve come to expect on our streets would be appreciably reduced. Piloted automobiles seem quite capable (statistically) of ruining the lives of their occupants and those occupying other cars, never mind pedestrians. So why again should be devote resources to monitoring bikes?

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          • Eric Leifsdad August 21, 2016 at 10:42 pm

            As a volunteer at the latest Sunday Parkways, I saw figuratively dozens of “pedestrians” get nearly “mowed down” by “cyclists”. A car-free street would be dangerous to cross, indeed you would have to look both ways and might see a person’s face looking back at you!

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            • Michael August 22, 2016 at 11:45 am

              Sunday Parkways is its own strange untamed beast that aggregates the least proficient cyclists. I have not attended for years because of the safety issues.

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        • ScottB August 21, 2016 at 9:27 pm

          So the Police should not be tracking down criminals? Then what should they do? Police have been checking license plates since 1903, its just become more efficient since then. Scanners are just the latest way to improve efficiency and cut costs. PPB already has the scanners, they are just underutilizing them. The legals questions have been resolved. I just don’t see why they are being intentionally inefficient and wasting our tax dollars in the process.

          As for cyclists, many have been and continue to be monitored and tracked by Strava and other apps for years, with the detailed data made public. That’s true transparency.

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        • Pete August 22, 2016 at 8:09 am

          Sorry, but if you’re carrying your cell phone with you, that’s already happening, and you gave Google and Apple (and others) the rights to track you by downloading their apps or hitting their web sites more than once. RTFP.

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  • Adrienne Soucy August 20, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    I drive Hawthorne eastbound just about every day on my way to work. The culture (and the law) is that if a pedestrian looks like they’re about to cross the road (marked crosswalk or not), you stop for them. This road is crowded with pedestrians, bikes and cars. To be driving at 55-60mph on Hawthorne is absolute lunacy. I take issue with others who imply the fault is with the pedestrian. It’s not. Everyone has a right to get where they’re going. The solution is not more marked crosswalks. It’s not banning parking. It’s not banning cyclists. It’s with the motorist. Car drivers: Be respectful, be vigilant, and SHARE THE ROAD. Car next to you stopping? PAY ATTENTION and slow down/stop. Don’t like it? Please exit Portland. Feel free to hit 55-60mph once you hit the freeway on your way out of town.

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  • kittens August 21, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Shocking but not completely unbelievable someone was going 55-60 on Hawthorne.

    I feel like there is a real coarsening of behavior on our streets. You never seem to see police presence. People seem to either be aggro road-ragers, like this guy apparently, or just completely checked out text zombies consumed with “infotainment” systems and smartphones.

    I wonder if we are not just seeing the first of many common spaces disappear under the veil of technology. You go out on a street like Hawthorne and everyone is on phones or earbuds. Scary.

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    • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      if you can’t avoid a zombie you’re in the wrong apocalypse… we used to have problems with people reading the paper not paying attention… in the future we’ll be distracted by tech implants…

      avoiding zombies is easy if you oblige the law to slow down and pay attention…

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  • devograd August 21, 2016 at 7:13 am

    This is so awful. My heart goes out to the victim’s family and friends.

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  • esther2 August 21, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Drunk driver gets 20 days for killing a pedestrian. WTF

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/08/man_admits_driving_drunk_in_cr.html

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    • Dan A August 21, 2016 at 9:18 am

      “Hodson sentenced Dryden to 20 days in jail and three years of probation. He also must pay a $10,000 compensatory fine and complete drug and alcohol treatment.” No mention of driving restrictions. Does that mean he’s free to climb back in his truck in 20 days?

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    • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      it was somehow a pleas deal, even thought there’s no way the victim would have agrees to that deal…

      sickening!

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:01 pm

        The victim isn’t, and shouldn’t be, a party to a plea deal or determining punishment. Decisions shouldn’t be swayed by a thirst for vengeance (even though they often are anyway).

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  • jd August 21, 2016 at 8:30 am

    My cautious driving provoked a jerk in a black SUV to drive the entire turn lane down NE 12th approaching Burnside the other day. After PBOT takes out the deadly Hawthorne turn lane, they might prevent another disaster by taking out the one on 12th as well.

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    • Chris I August 21, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Turn lanes are fine, they just need to have a solid median every 1-2 blocks to prevent that kind of behavior and provide pedestrian crossing refuges.

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      • Middle of the Road guy August 21, 2016 at 4:57 pm

        I think that is likely the simplest and most effective solution.

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  • Randy August 21, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Time to think big: leave the street designers at home and crowd source citizen redesign of upper Hawthorne. Example: One trolley lane, two protected bike lanes, and one vehicle lane. Question whether or not big buses or service trucks (like those often sitting in front of New Seasons) belong in this pedestrian friendly area.

    http://myplace.frontier.com/~trolley503/1933Map.html

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  • Christopher Sanderson August 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    So sad to hear this news.

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  • GlowBoy August 21, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    What a horrible crime. My heart goes out to the victim and her loved ones.

    My older child used to go to Poekoelan at 43rd and Hawthorne, and we frequently had to try to cross Hawthorne at this very intersection. And due to our affinity for other places like Fat Straw and Por Que Now, we often found ourselves trying to cross Hawthorne at other corners on this section too.

    Even without someone going 50-60mph, it’s impossible to get drivers to stop for the implied crosswalks on this stretch of Hawthorne. I started carrying a keychain light and pointing it in the direction of approaching drivers. That didn’t get everyone to stop, but it at least got some people to stop.

    Hawthorne is a disaster. It needs marked crosswalks, pedestrian refuges and enforcement.

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  • SteveG August 21, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    This story is really, really sad. It makes me wonder if someone on this thread can answer a simple question:

    What do we still rely on humans to enforce speed limits?

    We’ve had photo radar for years, and we also have signs that tell drivers how fast they are going. Why don’t we have cameras on every major street that send anyone who exceeds the speed limit (even by a few MPH) a ticket in the mail?

    If we did this, it seems pretty clear that speeding would practically stop. The price of a photo radar ticket could be ten dollars per mph over the posted limit, with something like a 3 MPH “buffer.” So going 28 in a 25 zone would cost nothing, but going 30MPH in a 25 zone would cost $50.

    And going 55 MPH in a 25 MPH zone would cost $300.

    Police officers should be investigating crimes, patrolling our streets (primarily on foot and on bikes, IMO) and doing all sorts of things other than playing “cat and mouse” games with habitual speeders. They definitely should not be monitoring traffic speeds and issuing speeding tickets, which can be more accurately, consistently and impartially handled by radar cameras.

    Thirty people have died in traffic accidents in Portland this year alone. We don’t just need photo radar at a few stop lights, we need it on every major street. And every time someone speeds, or runs a red light, or blows through a crosswalk when a pedestrian is waiting to cross – they should get, in their mailbox, a stern, and expensive, reminder to obey the law.

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    • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      people don’t want to impose limits and fines on something they hold so dear and feel they need to have…

      that’s the short of it…

      because we already built the environment to exclude anything but the automobile before we decided how unsafe it was, now it’s difficult to go back… many people drive, so they vote to not make driving harder or more expensive to themselves… politicians need a job so they vote with the majority to keep themselves in office…

      until we grow a spine and ditch the democracy involved and simply do what’s right then we’ll be struggling against all the drivers who are in power with their votes and complaints…

      opponents of red light cameras argue that they’re unconstitutional because you’re never able to face your accuser, an inanimate machine… since a machine can’t take the witness stand or itself be held accountable they feel it should not have the ability to infringe their liberty…

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    • B. Carfree August 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      While almost all motorists will tell you that they are better than average drivers, in their hearts they know that they cannot complete a single trip without breaking the law. Therefore, there’s just not enough legislators who would vote for allowing automated enforcement for it to come to pass any time soon. Our motorists really do think they have a right to kill.

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  • SteveG August 21, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Sorry for the typo. I meant to ask:

    WHY do we still rely on humans to enforce speed limits?

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  • Fred King August 22, 2016 at 8:51 am

    The crash happened after a driver stopped to let the girl cross. They think they are doing someone a favor by stopping to let them cross. At some point we have to acknowledge that these kindly drivers are creating an unsafe situation in their attempts to bey polite. I regularly get drivers stopping for me to let me bike past in places where they have no idea what is happening in the next lane, where it would be much safer if everyone followed the established rules of the road.

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    • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

      “They think they are doing someone a favor by stopping to let them cross.”

      Hello…!
      this was a crosswalk (unmarked/marked doesn’t matter). Time to brush up on the rules of the road.

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    • Chris I August 22, 2016 at 9:17 am

      This is not the situation here, at all. If the driver had not stopped for the pedestrians, they would have been breaking the law. A homicidal maniac passing at a high rate of speed in the turn lane is 100% responsible for this carnage.

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      • Fred King August 22, 2016 at 10:38 am

        No, it was not a crosswalk. The driver was under no obligation to stop. The driver was trying to be nice, but look at the result.

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        • soren August 22, 2016 at 11:01 am
        • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 11:02 am

          “No, it was not a crosswalk.”

          Fred, you are operating under a (frightfully common) misperception, reinforced by the habit of some to insist on *painting* crosswalks where no paint existed. Legally there is no difference.

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        • Hello, Kitty
          Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:44 am

          It was a crosswalk. An unmarked crosswalk. The kind that exist at every corner unless otherwise signed. Drivers have to stop for pedestrians in an unmarked crosswalk just as they do a marked one.

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          • Chris I August 22, 2016 at 9:26 pm

            And whether is was a crosswalk or not is irrelevant. The driver was doing 50+mph on Hawthorne. How could anyone defend this maniac?

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            • Hello, Kitty
              Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm

              No one is defending him.

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        • Dave Thomson August 22, 2016 at 11:48 am

          I hope you don’t have a drivers license.

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        • Chris I August 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm

          You are horribly misinformed. Please educate yourself before going back outside tomorrow.

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    • GlowBoy August 22, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Fred, a driver waving on a bicyclist stopped at a stop sign (which I hate too) is NOT even remotely equivalent to stopping for a pedestrian at an implied crosswalk!

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      • Fred King August 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

        I don’t know what an implied crosswalk is. My point is that being nice and offering a pedestrian or a bike rider an opportunity to cross when you don’t know that the other lane is safe is a dangerous practice.

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        • Bjorn August 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

          When a person is crossing in a crosswalk at an intersection it is illegal to continue. It isn’t an option not to stop because you aren’t sure if cars in other lanes will stop or not.

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        • Hello, Kitty
          Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:46 am

          I think they meant “unmarked crosswalk”, not “implied crosswalk”. Drivers have an obligation to stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks, marked or unmarked.

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          • GlowBoy August 22, 2016 at 12:07 pm

            Implied crosswalk = unmarked crosswalk. They are the same thing: ANY intersection, whether or not it’s marked, is a crosswalk.

            “Doing something nice” by stopping for a pedestrian in an implied/unmarked crosswalk is THE LAW.

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            • Fred King August 22, 2016 at 12:19 pm

              But which is safer? Sometimes this leads to the Good Samaritan death trap.

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              • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 12:24 pm

                Fred. Geez. Time to give it up already.

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              • SD August 22, 2016 at 12:28 pm

                Fred,
                Your mission today is to inform all of your friends about the law regarding stopping for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks. It may save them a ticket and save someone’s life.
                Thanks

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              • Alan 1.0 August 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

                Words matter, and Adam H rightly called me on the misuse of that term (GSDT). It needs a better name. Maybe “overtaking stopped vehicle trap?”

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              • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 12:50 pm

                But it isn’t even a trap. The problem (almost always, dontcha know) is distracted drivers. I guess I don’t see the value of conceptualizing crossing a multilane road like this. We tie ourselves in knots when the issue is really simple. People piloting cars need to pay a lot more attention, drive like they expect their 3 yo. niece to suddenly appear in their path at any moment.

                Calling it a trap to me implies that people trying to cross streets are wittingly doing something foolish. They aren’t.

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              • Alan 1.0 August 22, 2016 at 1:01 pm

                So “trap” is the wrong word? Maybe “blind?”

                Best wishes making cars go away, I do understand why that’s appealing (and also why it is problematic). Meanwhile, while they exist, there are various ways that bad interactions happen with them, and we describe those in categorical terms like “rear-end” or “hit from behind,” “t-bone,” “hooks” and “crosses,” and those terms have meanings. Without them, each similar even must be described in enormous detail from scratch (sort of like trying to bootstrap words themselves). Cases such as this one, or the Mt Scott death, have enough in common that I see value in categorizing them.

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              • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm

                “Best wishes making cars go away”

                Where’d that come from?
                I was talking about what to me seemed like implied culpability of someone who walks into a ‘trap,’ not about making cars go away. I thought your point about fixing the GSDT was right on, just could/should be taken a bit further. Categorizing – yes; no argument. All these nuances are good for thinking.

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              • Alan 1.0 August 22, 2016 at 1:22 pm

                No offense intended. How about “allowing cars to fade into history?” :-O

                I think the nature of a trap is that it is hidden or obscured from the victim, as in the cases I mentioned. Does that make the victim culpable in some way? We have certainly seen that argument put forth many times in other situations, and there are situations where contributory negligence is a reasonable argument, but in the act of hiding or obscuring seems to me to reduce or eliminate that culpability.

                (That’s all in general terms. I infer no victim culpability in this case.)

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          • Fred King August 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm

            Many Oregon drivers (and bikers) are ignorant of crosswalk laws and fail to realize that it is not until the person has actually moved off of the curb and put a foot or bicycle wheel onto the crosswalk in the roadway that an obligation to stop is legally triggered. Source: http://bikeportland.org/2014/09/17/get-legal-nice-dangerous-make-fault-collision-109655

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            • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm

              There does not appear to have been any confusion. Recall that driver #1 had recognized the girl’s intent and legal right to cross – and stopped. No issue here even though you keep trying to rescue your lost cause here. The problem arose when driver #2 whose style of driving suggests that he was out of his mind ignored half a dozen rules of the road that really don’t need to be enumerated yet again.

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              • Brighton West August 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

                And let’s not forget that driver #2 was driving down the center turn lane at 60mph. I could understand Fred’s point if this was on the part of Hawthorne with more than 1 travel lane in each direction. But this is the equivalent of car #1 stopping, pedestrian starting crossing, pedestrian looking direction of oncoming traffic in next lane, and then another car comes racing down the road in the wrong direction in that lane.

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              • Fred King August 22, 2016 at 3:06 pm

                Agreed that Driver #2 was at fault. The confusion came in on the part of the pedestrian. Was it safe to enter the turn lane? One message said yes, the other said no. That is the confusion I was talking about.

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm

                There is literally no confusion here. Don’t hit people with your car seems pretty straightforward to me.

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            • GlowBoy August 22, 2016 at 10:34 pm

              Fred, while you are correct that nowadays* the pedestrian must step off the curb to trigger the law … thank you for bothering to look up the law you previously didn’t know enough about, but you failed to notice that it’s not relevant in this case. She had already stepped off the curb.

              * This is a relatively recent change. Over the period I lived in Oregon the legislature amended the pedestrian (and school zone) laws several times, changing the trigger event, the amount of room vehicles must give pedestrians, etc. This is an area of the law that is rapidly evolving in many states, specifically because drivers failing to stop for pedestrians is such a big problem.

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  • johnr August 22, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Seriously?! They are following the law.

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  • bikeninja August 22, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Speeders in these dense urban areas need to be delt with harshly before they kill someone. Quadruple the speed cameras and officer speed patrols. Quadruple fines for going more than 10 miles over the speed limit. If the fine is not paid immediatly confiscate the car and sell it. We have to remember that criminals like this one are the obvious problems, put the large percentage of people who drive just below this thresehold documented in an earlier article on this site are like a gateway drug to this deadly behaviour. We will not succeed untill 25% of the car zombies are stripped from their death machines.

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    • SteveG August 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Bikeninja-

      I agree 100% that we should significantly boost the number of speed cameras. IMO there should be speed cameras on every major street, every 5-10 blocks, and fines should escalate rapidly depending on how many MPH over the limit someone is driving.

      We don’t need police officers to ensure that people drive under the speed limit. Robots can do this task more consistently, affordably and effectively.

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      • soren August 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

        “there should be speed cameras on every major street, every 5-10 blocks”

        This is currently illegal except for in a limited number of locations. BikeLoudPDX and Livable Streets Action are hosting a bike ride and day of action in Salem Sept 22. One of the things we are lobbying for is for local control of speed limits and speed control cameras.

        https://www.facebook.com/events/171450939945796/

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  • peejay August 22, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Go check out that intersection now. Seriously. When the city doesn’t do their job, the citizens will.

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  • bikeninja August 22, 2016 at 9:29 am

    To paraphrase Shakespere

    “O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of humanity*,That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!”

    * Earth, in the original Shakespeare

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  • maddy August 22, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Guys, this is super tragic, but I need to comment because this is my hood and I have walked that particular intersection unscathed for years. This is an isolated incident of a terrible driver, and had he not hurt someone at this intersection, it would have been have been on another street.

    It is frustrating to hear outraged comments from people who do not live in the area, or are relatively new to town about how unsafe this neighborhood is. We have good bike infrastructure in parallel streets to Hawthorne, and I have been commuting by bike in this area safely for over 20 years. We really have it pretty good.

    Please let the family grieve and direct your anger towards the motorist.

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    • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Why are you blaming it on “newcomers”? It doesn’t matter but I was born here too.

      A failure to make our infrastructure safer and human-scaled is the big problem. Not one driver.

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      • maddy August 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

        “This is the first fatal crash on Hawthorne Boulevard since 2013 and the first east of 32nd Avenue in at least 12 years, said Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesman Dylan Rivera.”

        Ted, I actually never used the word “newcomers” that you quoted. People who live in a neighborhood and utilize its streets daily do have a clearer perspective of the hazards and issues than those who occasionally visit. It does, however, seem that there are a couple “newcomers” to Portland that complain the loudest about the terrible conditions, without living here long enough to really understand (or appreciate) the city and the great neighborhoods.

        I walk this street daily with my wife and kid. Without major issues. If the residents who use the sidewalks every day aren’t screaming for improvements that should be telling. Outer SE is a whole different story. We should throw loads of money there to make those streets safer and build sidewalks where there are none. Those residents are yelling loudly for improvements.

        This guy was driving illegally and way too fast in a city traditionally filled with slow and courteous drivers. It is terrible, and criminal that he killed that girl. He is a menace, and should be behind bars.

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        • Paula F August 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm

          Personally I hate stats, especially if they are used at a time of an actual event.

          I was one of the ones out there Saturday, in the center lane. The number of neighbors that came out in support was overwhelming, far outweighing any negatives we received.

          I believe we don’t hear because many have found deaf ears at City Hall. Many, many talked about being nearly hit, of losing a loved one, of the drivers driving too fast, not stopping for people crossing the street.

          Because we do not hear, does not mean no one said anything. Seems to be more a sign of no more faith in the powers assigned to protect us.

          Our guerilla work brought many out, many stayed after we left. I am honored to have met many people out there.

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        • B.E. August 22, 2016 at 6:22 pm

          “If the residents who use the sidewalks every day aren’t screaming for improvements that should be telling.”
          I disagree, people in our neighborhood have asked the city for crossing improvements on Hawthorne before this tragedy.

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        • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 22, 2016 at 6:56 pm

          I put “newcomers” in scare quotes, not to quote you. I’m unclear on your semantic difference between that word and “relatively new to town about how unsafe this neighborhood is.”

          Nor am I clear on why incumbency is a requisite qualification to want safer neighborhoods.

          Finally, unsure about who, specifically, you are talking about- or if it’s the dreaded Them.

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        • soren August 22, 2016 at 9:17 pm

          Speak for yourself, maddy. As a pedestrian I can step into the roadway with the intent to cross and a dozen cars can whip by me without stopping during rush hour. Hawthorne is an unmitigated disaster of a road. It needs major pedestrian improvements and bike lanes now.

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          • Adam H.
            Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 9:45 pm

            I live on SE 52nd and this sounds very familiar. There’s only one crosswalk between Division and Powell, and drivers rarely stop at the unmarked ones. Though honestly it’s still better than crossing at Powell since having a walk signal means nothing since drivers can still turn right on red. I live on the 50’s bikeway, which is supposedly more people-friendly, though I obviously happen to disagree with that.

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        • Chris I August 22, 2016 at 9:30 pm

          If this section of Hawthorne had concrete medians every few blocks, this death would not have happened. Our driving culture and our infrastructure enable this deadly behavior, and we need to work to fix both if we want to have an impact.

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    • Spiffy August 22, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      every neighborhood with automobile traffic is unsafe… this issue isn’t isolated to Hawthorne… you sound like you’d be ok with the victim being your loved one, since it’s such an isolated thing… it’s not ok, even if we have no idea who the victim is… it’s not ok, no matter which neighborhood it is… it’s not ok, even if nobody has died there, yet…

      things can, and should, be done BEFORE somebody dies… the current method of waiting for blood shows the true priorities…

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 10:57 pm

        Not arguing against any of this, but we’re talking about major work on a large number of streets city-wide, or even state-wide. Where will the money come from? How are we going to convince people this is worth paying for? We’ve had higher levels of carnage for decades, and most people seem to accept it. How do you convince them it is time for a change?

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        • Adam H.
          Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 11:06 pm

          Make the change and convince people using their own eyes.

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          • Hello, Kitty
            Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:10 pm

            Who will write the check?

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            • Adam H.
              Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 11:24 pm

              We all will. It’s not like this is rocket science. This is exactly what Janette Sadik-Khan did in NYC. You can debate people-friendly infrastructure and bikes ad nauseam but people will truly buy in once they can experience the change first-hand.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 11:52 pm

                We need to pay long before they see the benefits. Where does that money come from in the meantime if the public doesn’t buy in until the results are unveiled?

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 9:09 am

                I hear the city has been sitting on a mountain of unused SDC’s. Perhaps they could tap into that.

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  • Adam August 22, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Physical raised-curb crosswalks in the middle lane at every intersection would prevent drivers from driving at speed in the middle lane and aggressively passing. Unless they wanted to hit a curb directly in front of them.

    I agree, Hawthorne is a ridiculous street. The City focuses all its efforts on the blocks from SE 34th to se 37th, and ignores the rest of the street, despite there being businesses all the way up to SE 50th!!

    You can blame a lot of the inertia on the Hawthorne Business Association though. They are car-centric the WHOLE WAY! They refuse to even close the street down to car traffic once a year for their own “street fair”. A street fair on the sidewalks. What a joke. I refuse to attend it for this reason, and I hope you all join me.

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    • peejay August 22, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Well, to be fair, they did change that policy last year. Your point holds, however. They rallied the troops to defeat metered parking spots a bunch of years ago, for one thing.

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      • Chris I August 23, 2016 at 8:48 am

        And that’s why I don’t shop on Hawthorne. If you drive, it’s impossible to find a parking spot. If you bike, it is not very safe, and bike parking is also fairly hard to find.

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  • bikeninja August 22, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I wish ODOT and PBOT would get taken over by OSHA. The reason is that OSHA ( occupational safety and Health Administration) has a much more realistic and effective approach to accident prevention. OSHA judges a workplace activity with a simple metric: what is the likelihood of an activity causing an accident and in addition what is it’s severity. Then they scale the fine and enforcement for a dangerous activity as a multiplication of the likelihood times the severity. So for instance, working in a deep trench without shoring has a high liklelihood of an accident and the likely results are death. So if an employer is caught doing this, the fines can be as large as $100,000. If we used the OSHA method, speeding past a stopped car at a crosswalk in the center lane would have the same likelihood and severity of an accident as the trench so a motorist caught doing such a thing would have just a severe a punishment. $100,000 fine, loss of car, imprisonment etc. For one year, lets stop road building, give OSHA ODOT’S entire budget and let them spend it on enforcement useing the above standards. After a year the streets would be safer for sure.

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    • Middle of the Road guy August 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Surely this can be applied to all roadway users and we will be assessing fines to Jaywalkers, cyclists who run stop signs, etc…all in the name of equality.

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      • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm

        Sure. Let’s assess based on proportional danger and ability to pay.

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      • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm

        “all in the name of equality.”

        Ah, you’re back, with the tiresome whack at all those not in a car (who all have a right to be on the street, crossing the street, who don’t need to pass a test, get licensed, carry insurance). Have you stopped to consider why we have all those requirements for those who drive but not for everyone else? Maybe you should.

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      • Adam H.
        Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm

        How many people per year are killed by jaywalkers and stop-sign-running cyclists?

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        • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm

          it’s an epidemic – I’m telling you.

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        • Mike 2 August 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

          How many are injured? Does that count?

          Considering how expensive medical care in the US is, maybe insurance for cyclists isn’t a bad idea.

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      • bikeninja August 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm

        True, but if use the formula of likeliness times severity of consequences to others the jaywalker would get a $1.00 fine ( like using an undersized extension cord in the workplace) and the speeding, turn- lane driving motorist would get a $50,000 fine like operating a human sized meat grinder without a working lock-out.

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        • 9watts August 22, 2016 at 1:13 pm

          = Comment of the Week!

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  • dan August 22, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I look forward to the same prompt correction of dangerous infrastructure that we saw for the spot where Amanda Fritz’s husband died, because all traffic deaths are equally important.

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  • still riding after all that August 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Is there a fairly wide street parallel to Hawthorne and not too far away? If so, Hawthorne and that other street could each be one-way, one eastbound and one westbound, similar to the Weidler-Broadway pair from I-5 out to 24th Avenue. That would allow for sidewalks on both sides, parking, a bike lane*, and motor vehicle travel.

    * Please put the bike lane on the right, unlike the confusing left-side bike lane on Williams.

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    • GlowBoy August 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      The nearest collector streets to Hawthorne in that vicinity are Division to the south, and Belmont to the north. Both are about 5 blocks away, too far for a couplet to work.

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      • GlowBoy August 22, 2016 at 12:13 pm

        Err, sorry Division is further than 5 blocks, but point made.

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    • Beeblebrox August 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Nope.

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  • Random August 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Betsy Hammond, the Oregonian:

    “According to court records, the defendent was born in Saudia Arabia and has lived in the Portland metro area for about two years. He told police that he lives with a host family in outer SE Portland and goes to Portland Community College. He is not employed and he has not family in Oregon.”

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    • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      I couldn’t find this in the three Oregonian articles- none of which are by Hammond, even. Can you provide a link?

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    • Chris I August 23, 2016 at 8:52 am

      The bail is appallingly low, given the crime, and his potential as a flight risk. I hope they pull his passport.

      Also, can we get our comments above re-instated, since we were 100% correct? Or is it still racist?

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      • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 23, 2016 at 9:50 am

        $1mm bail and his lawyer offered to surrender his passport. Doesn’t seem too low.

        This isn’t a racial issue. We don’t have 30k+ deaths/year caused solely by Saudis. We don’t have 30k+ deaths/year caused solely by reckless drivers going over twice the limit.

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      • Adam H.
        Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 9:57 am

        Yes it’s still racist because by bringing the person’s nationality into the picture, you’re framing him with an entire group of people. His race or nationality didn’t cause him to drive like an asshole; he made that decision on his own.

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      • Adam H.
        Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 9:58 am

        Yes it’s still racist because by bringing the person’s nationality into the picture, you’re framing him with an entire group of people. His race or nationality didn’t cause him to drive like an a**hole; he made that decision on his own.

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        • Random August 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

          “Yes it’s still racist because by bringing the person’s nationality into the picture”

          Stop with the racism accusations, Adam.

          I bet that if the perpetrator was a guy from Canby with a Confederate flag bumpersticker on his car, you would find his background to be highly relevant.

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        • pruss2ny August 23, 2016 at 10:18 am

          pls don’t categorize me as racist, and the driver was without question beyond excuse, but i think someones nationality certainly plays into driving tendencies, especially for people visiting the states for a defined period. the idea of ceding right of way to a pedestrian is absurd in many corners of the world, and while it might be nice to think everyone would learn the relevant rules of the road in the region they visit before they drive, it simply doesn’t happen….most oregonians don’t even understand crosswalk laws

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          • Adam H.
            Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 10:49 am

            I’m not sure if you saw the initial comments before they deleted, but they were much worse than saying “Saudi people drive fast sometimes”.

            At any rate, none of that even matters here. I see no point in bringing nationalities, cultures, etc. into this argument. What happened is horrible, the driver should be punished, and the street should be fixed. The only culture here that is to blame is car culture.

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            • Hello, Kitty
              Hello, Kitty August 23, 2016 at 10:58 am

              If someone was trained to drive in a place where high speeds on city streets and passing in all manner of unsafe and, frankly, crazy ways was commonplace, why would that be irrelevant to this situation, which was caused by those same factors?

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 11:13 am

                a place where high speeds on city streets and passing in all manner of unsafe and, frankly, crazy ways was commonplace

                Oh, you mean America?

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              • Chris I August 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm

                Exactly. Americans, by developed country standards, are terrible, dangerous drivers. Saudi Arabia, by comparison has fatality rates roughly 3x that of the US:

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate

                If this maniac was licensed in Saudi Arabia, and then moved here, was he required to perform a written and practical driving test? Based on the fact that he had a suspended license, and dozens of parking tickets, it would seem that he had very little knowledge of our traffic laws.

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              • Dan A August 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm

                And what’s the penalty for driving with a suspended license? Basically nothing.

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              • Todd Boulanger August 23, 2016 at 6:30 pm

                I cannot speak to specifically this driver’s level of training or state of mind at the time of this sad event…but as someone who has lived in the Middle East and worked on roadway design/ vision zero efforts issues there…the culture of driving and traffic safety is at least two generations behind the US. (Though the US has successfully exported its performance car culture to the KSA and other high income countries near by). Lane discipline and accountability is very poor and so is respect for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. And the concept of yielding to pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks may not be well understood before arriving here. Though things are changing as these countries urbanize and their leaders comprehend the true costs of such avoidable high injury rates…especially for male youths. I am very sad for both families.

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 23, 2016 at 6:32 pm

                This is pretty much it. Thanks for posting.

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        • Hello, Kitty
          Hello, Kitty August 23, 2016 at 10:19 am

          You might be less certain about that if you understood Saudi driving culture. Also, nationality is not the same as race.

          “When it comes to driving in Saudi Arabia, the usual rules apply, that is on paper. Drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts. It is illegal to speed and to use a cell phone while driving. However, on the road things are quite different. Unfortunately, Saudis don’t take the rules of the road very seriously.”

          https://www.internations.org/saudi-arabia-expats/guide/driving-in-saudi-arabia-16101

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          • pruss2ny August 23, 2016 at 10:38 am

            that was interesting…was unaware women are still not allowed to drive. my own familiarity is more so with mainland china where even on the sidewalk the pedestrian is expected to cede right of way to cars. Moving here from NYC, the whole marked/unmarked crosswalk thing was confounding to me…mark them all, or don’t mark them all….but its quite logical for an out of towner to think that if this intersection is marked, that the next (unmarked) intersection must NOT BE a crosswalk. I can’t imagine how confusing it must be as a foreigner here for a short period. (and again, this guy was simply not interested in following the laws…i’m not suggesting he was confused)

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            • lop August 23, 2016 at 11:07 am

              Unmarked crosswalks exist in NYC too, except at T intersections. Those used to be crosswalks, but the city changed that a few years ago so people could legally park there cars blocking handicap ramps where there used to be crosswalks.

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              • pruss2ny August 23, 2016 at 1:08 pm

                not meant as a challenge, and really a discussion for another thread, but I can’t think of an unmarked/unsignalized crosswalk in (admittedly) manhattan, while I feel like I can name dozens in PDX…which, if correct, just leads back to PDX infrastructure being poorly executed….its one thing to spell out that at an unmarked/unsignalized intersection that peds have right of way, its another to rely on unmarked/unsignalized intersections as a cornerstone of your grid.

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    • wsbob August 23, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Included in the only Oregonian story I’ve read so far on this collision, was the excerpt you’ve included in your comment.

      Also in that story, it was stated that his family worked hard for him to be able to come here and study. So what is wrong with this guy, that he would do such things as he has that jeopardize the opportunity he’s been given to improve himself and do something good in this world?

      Crazy, irresponsible, immature personality and behavior, characterizes some people of every ethnic origin and descent around the world. What is wrong with his family, that they would allow one of their kids to be so unprepared to behave responsibly in a foreign country, that he would do the terrible things he’s now done?

      This guy apparently being a Saudi, on a revocable passport…some people understandably want to see his passport revoked, and have him sent back home. Is that the best thing to do? What would be the best thing to do for a situation like this? We, that is, the people of the U.S., through our government, let this guy and other people with serious issues, into our country. We let this problem happen, and it’s now our responsibility to fix it.

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  • Michael August 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Related by proximity is SE 52nd where the speed limit is 35 and feeds right onto Hawthorne posted at 25. 35 is too fast on 52nd!

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    • Hello, Kitty
      Hello, Kitty August 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Thirty is plenty!

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    • Adam H.
      Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      SE 52nd is posted at 20 mph North of Division and 30 mph south of Division. Did you mean SE 50th, which is signed for 35 mph?

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      • Michael August 22, 2016 at 6:20 pm

        yes. 50th is correct. It is a strange place for fast street. Biking on it must be dangerous.

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        • Adam H.
          Adam H. August 22, 2016 at 7:19 pm

          And 50th is, of course, less steep than the street PBOT wants you to bike on.

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  • Chasing Backon August 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I believe the real conversation here is not about road design, which could be better, but when will there be a change in people’s tolerance level for an activity which kills and injures so many people with little consequences for the drivers? What will be the policy changes and implementation in laws and their enforcement, education and physical structure related to using automobiles in the state of oregon and hopefully nationwide.

    Drinking and driving was legal and carried no social or legal ramifications until enough people decided something must change. When will that watershed moment for dangerous driving happen? And let’s be clear, dangerous driving is speeding and distractions.

    My son is 2 years old today and I worry every time we walk or cycling anywhere. I’m am sickened by this family’s experience and have a hard time imagining their despair. Again, when does society decide that something needs to change?

    I would like to see the state of Oregon move the decimal point one place to the right for all motor vehicle infraction fines and double the points. This is for first offense only. Second offense would resemble a DUI, with car towed, jail time, license loss and diversion training. This, in conjunction with more education at license renewal, speed cameras and better infrastructure, could actually reverse the trend. Then we would actually see some very low injury and death rates approaching zero.

    Socially and legally, driving dangerously needs to be on par with driving drunk, then things will change. Until then, I’m watching my son closely so he doesn’t get killed.

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    • Random August 22, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      “Socially and legally, driving dangerously needs to be on par with driving drunk, then things will change.”

      Maybe we could start with enforcing the laws on the books?

      He was stopped once in April for driving with a suspended license – obviously whatever consequences he suffered from being caught then weren’t enough to stop him from driving.

      If you don’t have serious penalties for driving with a suspended license, it’s not surprising that bad drivers ignore their license suspensions.

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      • Chasing Backon August 22, 2016 at 9:14 pm

        I completely agree that enforcing the existing laws would be a great start, except, it isn’t happening and i don’t see any indication it will. Drivers are very aware there is little policing and few ramifications to speeding and or distracted driving so it happens regularly.

        My point exactly is increase the penalties for inappropriate use of a motor vehicle, whether for first time offenders or repeaters who should have learned the lesson.

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  • Adam H.
    Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I find it horribly ironic that people here are questioning the culture of the driver who killed the teenager. That Saudi’s somehow don’t respect the rules of the road, drive fast, and don’t stop for people crossing. You are also describing American culture. This problem happens in American cities every day. The problem is not any country’s culture, but is car culture itself. We need to work to fix our problems instead of resorting to blaming someone’s heritage.

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    • Hello, Kitty
      Hello, Kitty August 23, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      It is no more racist to point out that driving in Saudi is dangerous and chaotic than it is to say that Germans tend to drive really fast. It should not be surprising that someone brings their habits and attitudes with them when they visit another country.

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    • dan August 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      It looks like they have about 9x as many traffic deaths per vehicle (120 per year) as the US (13 per year): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate. So, questioning the driving culture does not seem unreasonable.

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      • Cateye solar August 23, 2016 at 10:06 pm

        Ya think? 🙂

        Be careful. Don’t want to get too close to the truth or your comments will be deleted. This website is NOT a place for the free exchange of ideas. 😉

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        • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) August 24, 2016 at 8:54 am

          Hi Cateye solar,

          You are completely wrong. This site is all about a free exchange of ideas… As long as those ideas are not mean, insensitive or inappropriate. Notice how when Saudi Arabia was brought up before we knew where Mr. Noorah was from, I deleted all references to it. Then after it became known as a fact, I stepped back a bit and have allowed people to discuss driving culture in Saudi Arabia. I still think this is a very sensitive issue but I’ve always allowed and encouraged commenters to push to the boundaries of difficult issues because that’s where I often think the work needs to be done. Thanks for reading.

          Jonathan Maus, founder/editor/publisher/chief comment moderator

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    • Michael August 23, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      The driving culture is very different over the world. It is even different in different cities at home. I have not been to SA, but have been to many big world cities where it would be impossible for me or almost anyone from here to drive safely because we carry our home driving culture with us. In many places the traffic stops for no one; peds have to walk from lane to lane between moving traffic that does not even follow the rules of following the stripes or even driving on the wrong side of the street and when the street is full they drive in the sidewalks.

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    • longgone August 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Not all who travel, or study abroad feel compelled to adhere to a foreign nations ideals, or laws. I have experienced this with Canadians here in the states.
      Ill assume the kid is a spoiled rich one, and also assume he didn’t give a crap about what he was doing. I was a spoiled young brat once myself.
      That being said, I hope he doesn’t flee the country .

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      • Hello, Kitty
        Hello, Kitty August 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm

        This is a very different attitude than how American students comport themselves when representing their country and it’s lofty ideals abroad.

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      • Adam H.
        Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 2:57 pm

        Those damn Canadians, coming to our country and demanding free health care! 😛

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      • Ted Timmons (Contributor) August 23, 2016 at 3:01 pm

        Spoiled rich kid driving a well-aged car and attending a community college.

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    • Pruss2ny August 23, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      I just don’t think you can possibly br honest in this statement. Pedestrian/bike/car culture is drastically different across the world. Here, we endeavor to protect the exposed, whereas in many parts of the world “might makes right”, and the idea of VRU is simply assinine. As bad as u may want to rail against car culture in the US, its just disingenuine to compare it to india or china or accepted norms in other cultures

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      • 9watts August 23, 2016 at 7:28 pm

        “Here, we endeavor to protect the exposed, whereas in many parts of the world “might makes right”, and the idea of VRU is simply assinine.”

        Really? Maybe you should ask Christeen Osborn or the family of Kerry Kunsman about the VRU of the basic speed rule. A nice sounding law on the books is great until you discover that the cops don’t know about it and the DAs don’t enforce it. Then it starts to look more like a cruel joke than a material difference between countries. Others have already linked to statistics showing that Saudi Arabia has much worse injury and fatality rates, but that doesn’t mean we here in the US ‘endeavor to protect the exposed.’

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        • pruss2ny August 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm

          0 disrespect to family and friends of the two crashes you mention.
          But I think others have sufficiently pointed out as well the vast gulf that exists between pedestrian rights in the US vs. other regions.

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      • 9watts August 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    • Travis August 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      It’s absolutely unfair to make generalizations of people based on the nation they come from, but the term for this kind of prejudice is nationalism, not racism. I think it’s important to make the distinction given how incendiary the accusation of racism is in our country and its cultural history.

      With that in mind, and also taking to account that, again, it is very unfair to hold prejudices against people based on the country they come from (many among of us have probably encountered this travelling abroad during the Bush administration), I also believe it may be constructive to ask how much this young guy’s country-of-origin affected his behavior.

      I spent two years learning TESL at Portland State University. Some of you may already know this, but there is a huge contingent of Japanese and Arabian Peninsula (UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and yes, Saudi Arabia too) students paying very high tuition to study abroad at PSU. I would speculate that PSU leans _heavily_ on the tuitions they pay in order to afford the low tuition costs for in-state and out-of-state students. Additionally, from what I understand, our Japanese and Arab guests have come here after one or two decades of their fellow nationals returning to their country, and telling them how nice it is here. This is a great thing! We’re a small city and it’s excellent that we’ve been gifted with this word-of-mouth reputation. Hopefully more foreign nationals come here, allowing us to learn from them, and for them to learn from us.

      That being said, in some respects there can be very large differences in customs. One such difference I noticed while working at the PSU library: students from East Asian countries such as China and Japan were often the victims of laptop theft (more often than domestic students) because, from what I could ascertain, theft like this just wasn’t an issue in their home countries. Another one: working the desk at the library, it was often apparent to me how Chinese students had very different customs regarding queuing up in a line; in some instances they wouldn’t even _see_ a line, when one was very apparent to the other students—it wasn’t out of rudeness, it was simply due to coming from a very different cultural background, with different norms and expectations.

      Students from the Arabian Peninsula also, in my experience, tended to have customs that were very different from our customs in Portland. As a cyclist, I had a number of experiences with drivers in cars that had license plates printed in Arabic that were on par (but always less difficult) than our worst Portland/American drivers. In all of these encounters, however, it was obvious to me that their behavior came from cultural ignorance, and not malice. How much different it must be to drive in Ryadh! I would imagine there are much fewer cyclists, pedestrians and intersections.

      One day, while cycling home from PSU, I was track standing on Harrison, waiting for oncoming traffic in order to turn left on Fourth. I was anxious because it was hot outside, I was tired, and there was a few lines of MAX tracks before me that I was avoiding. I felt a presence behind me — a car waiting what felt like too closely behind me. I looked back and saw a silver Mercedes with plates printed in Arabic, and black tinted windows. There were a number of triggers for me: one, the expensive car; two, the tinted windows; and three, the arabic plates — which were significant to me not because of the _race_ of the person driving the car as much as the knowledge that here was a car that was _shipped_ to our city in a very expensive way, and shipped using wealth likely derived from the extraction of fossil fuels. …And, I lost my temper. I rode through the intersection after traffic had passed, I turned to the driver behind me, and I flicked them off.

      Their reaction surprised me. If it had been an American, they probably would have honked, returned the bird and sped by, perhaps endangering other drivers. Instead, this driver—a young Arabian Peninsula student (probably 20 years old like the young man accused of the crime we’ve been discussing) directed his car in the lane beside me, rolled his window down and gave me a look that I’ll never forget: one of absolute embarrassment and apology. He shouted at me out his window, “Sir! I am so sorry! Please, I did not know I was offending you!”

      Following a cyclist too closely and going 60mph lane splitting up Hawthorne are very different. But I can’t belp but think how much this guy’s assumption about the risks he was taking were based on his cultural background. It’s the first accident of this kind we’ve had in many years on this stretch of road. Is it an anomaly of some “crazy” or “insane” or “douchebag” driver making dumb decisions? Or is it at least partly due to a man coming to our city with very different assumptions about how traffic and pedestrians are assumed to behave?

      More importantly, could this death have been avoided had he been provided a comprehensive course in our city’s traffic norms?

      Adam, I don’t believe you’re wrong that better infrastructure decisions could have prevented this. At the same time, I think it’s counter productive for you to shut down anyone’s opinion that this may have been culturally influenced by accusing them of implicit racism. This isn’t either or, its and/and.

      Going a bit further, and this will be my last remark — I’m curious to hear if anyone else has had unpleasant experiences with folks who are obviously “from out of town;” and if so, what are the solutions as opposed to the complaints? There are a ton of new people in this city — how might we help them know that its _normal_ and _okay_ to take it slow?

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      • Adam H.
        Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 9:55 pm

        I am guessing you did not see the initial comments before they were deleted. I do not wish to repeat them here, but they were not very nice.

        Your story seems like a perfectly reasonable explanation. However, I still stand by my position that the nationality and race (after all, Saudia Arabia is basically 100% Arab) bears little importance to this horrible crash. Yes, people should respect the laws and customs of the country they are in. But there are plenty of Americans who also do not repect their own laws and customs.

        I propose that bringing the person’s nationality into the discussions is not productive and only invites profiling. It’s one thing to say Chinese people don’t wait in lines the same way we do, it’s another thing to say a person’s culture caused him to kill someone.

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        • Hello, Kitty
          Hello, Kitty August 23, 2016 at 10:40 pm

          >>> It’s one thing to say Chinese people don’t wait in lines the same way we do, it’s another thing to say a person’s culture caused him to kill someone. <<<

          Of course no one is saying "Arab culture made him a killer." Not that at all.

          Do you really dispute that learning to drive in a place known for its crazy driving might have a causative effect on a subsequent collision involving dangerous driving?

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          • Adam H.
            Adam H. August 23, 2016 at 10:48 pm

            The problem is that you’re lumping an entire group of people together based on the actions of one. I’m sure to the Dutch, we live in a place known for its crazy driving, but I’m sure everyone commenting on this site would agree not all Americans fit that bill.

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            • Hello, Kitty
              Hello, Kitty August 24, 2016 at 2:51 am

              No, that’s not what I’m doing, not even a little bit. I’m saying there is a well known and documented issue with the driving culture in KSA, and that people steeped in this culture may take greater risks than a typical Portland driver, and that might explain what happened in this situation. I am not generalizing anything from the actions of this individual.

              If I were driving in Holland, and turned right on a red light there, someone might say “Americans are trained to turn right on red; that explains why Hello, Kitty made that turn, even though we’ve outlawed the practice as barbaric”. That would likewise not be a problematic statement.

              Not everything is racist.

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              • soren August 24, 2016 at 9:12 am

                the original deleted comments were not about driving culture but about ethnicity/nationality. nice retrocon!

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              • Hello, Kitty
                Hello, Kitty August 24, 2016 at 9:23 am

                Adam H. made a critique of my comments, and I was responding.

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              • Adam H.
                Adam H. August 24, 2016 at 9:29 am

                I was not referring to you specifically, but the plural you as in the all the people here speculating about the person’s heritage. Again, Jonathan deleted the worst of the posts that I initially had a problem with, which I will not repeat here.

                It may be true that Saudi driving culture is different from ours. However, this is not a productive discussion in regards to a singular event. Can you not see how bringing someone’s nationality or race into a criminal investigation could be problematic in other cases?

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      • Cateye solar August 23, 2016 at 10:03 pm

        “I’m curious to hear if anyone else has had unpleasant experiences with folks who are obviously “from out of town;” and if so, what are the solutions as opposed to the complaints?…”

        Yes, I used to live in the big apple. Apparently there were some foreign exchange students from, I think Florida, who studied flying – but only the taking off and flying part – not so much the landing part. Next thing you know, 3,000 of my fellow countrymen were dead, we were in a war, and the entire world tetered on the brink of economic collapse. Remember that? The solutions are obvious – enforce the laws on the books, vet all who want to enter our borders, etc. Common sense stuff really.

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  • Todd Boulanger August 23, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Another study on the culture of traffic safety for young males in the KSA:
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352646716300035

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  • Hello, Kitty
    Hello, Kitty August 24, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I can’t find any deleted comments in that thread. Go back and read the whole thing. It is clear your comments were directed at me, and not at a deleted parent post. I will leave open the possibility that you meant to be referring to someone else, but it really doesn’t seem at all ambiguous.

    It is clear how Saudi driving culture relates to understanding why someone who learned to drive in that culture might have been involved in this crash. It is hard for me to imagine there is no connection. Perhaps when he stepped off the plane in the US, he forgot everything he knew about driving and relearned everything here?

    And yes, of course I can see how race or nationality or culture would offer no assistance (or even be problematic) in other cases. If this had been a robbery and not a traffic death, I would never suggest a connection. I could construct a dozen scenarios where culture is important, and a dozen more where it is not.

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  • Ted Timmons (Contributor) September 20, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Updates from KOIN:

    Abdulrahman Noorah, 20, posted $100,000, or 10% of his $1 million bail earlier this month.

    As part of his release agreement, Noorah is not allowed to drive, use any kind of intoxicant, contact any witness, or the victim’s family. He must turnover his passport to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He will remain under house arrest and has signed an extradition waiver.

    Earlier this month, a report generated by the sheriff’s office recommended that Noorah not be released from custody.

    “The defendant’s reckless behavior…showed absolutely no regard for the safety of the community and resulted in the tragic death of a teenage girl,” deputy Kari Kolberg wrote in her report.

    Noorah’s criminal defense attorney, Ginger G. Mooney, asked the court to have the report sealed “because implicit and explicit violent threats have been made publicly and privately against” her client.

    His next court date has been scheduled for October.

    http://koin.com/2016/09/20/driver-accused-of-killing-fallon-smart-receives-threats/

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  • OregonJelly February 24, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Nearly six months later, this guy is still walking the streets. Next court date isn’t until the end of April.

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