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Bicycle rider struck and killed on NE Killingsworth

Posted by on March 2nd, 2019 at 10:57 am

Westbound lanes of Killingsworth/US 30 near 91st.

A bicycle rider has died as the result of a collision with an automobile user.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, the crash happened in the westbound lanes of the 9100 block of NE Killingsworth Street around 10:15 pm last night (Friday, 3/1).

Here’s more from the PPB statement released this morning:

“The investigation continues into last night’s fatal traffic crash. Investigators have determined a bicyclist was struck and killed on Northeast Killingsworth Blvd in the 9100 block. The driver of the vehicle was travelling westbound on Northeast Killingsworth when they struck the bicyclist. First aid efforts were started by community members who witnessed the crash but were not successful.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation. Neither alcohol nor speed were believed to be factors in this crash. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office was consulted during this investigation as well. The driver was not cited as a result of this crash.”

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This section of NE Killingsworth (also known as US Highway 30) is just west of cloverleaf interchanges and ramps for Interstate 205. It’s an extremely stressful place to ride a bike and it does not see much cycling traffic. The cross-section is four lanes in the westbound direction, including one unprotected, four-five foot wide bicycle-only lane. The speed limit on this section of Killingsworth is 45 mph. At those speeds, a vulnerable road user has only a 10 percent chance of survival if they are struck by a driver.

Below are two overhead views of where this happened. Note how wide the cross-section is and the proximity of the freeway ramps:

This is the fifth fatal traffic collision in Portland so far this year and the first one involving a bicycle rider. The victims of the first four deaths this year were walking prior to being struck.

We’ll share more information as we learn more. If you saw this crash and have any information to share, please contact us and the PPB non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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HJ
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HJ

45mph zone. Why do we have speed limits this high on shared roads in the city? (west hills have a lot of this problem too) It’s insane. The survival statistics alone should end this practice. I’ll happily spend a few more minutes in traffic getting where I’m going to have them reduced and have lives (quite possibly my own some day) saved.

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First, my condolences. I know this unpopular route well, and suffice to say the empathy comes naturally.

I don’t wish to be prescriptive about a solution, but do want to say that a good east/west route in East(-ish) Portland is like a good north/south route in inner Portland. And the Easter Bunny.

What, at minimum, do city, county, and state transportation agencies do about any fatal incident within their jurisdiction? How does it differ for the roads they do not maintain?

I ask because I’d hate to find out that PBOT just shrugs and says that its Vision Zero policy only applies to bureau-maintained roads inside city limits. At the same time, would it be a surprise?

Mark smith
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Mark smith

No citation….but yet…cops are handing out citations like candy on Ladd’s circle

Eric Leifsdad
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Eric Leifsdad

When they say speed was not a factor, they must mean that the driver was no more than 11mph over the posted speed. Speed was definitely a factor whenever a person was killed with a car. Faulty engineering was also a factor, starting with paint-only bike lanes and high posted speed. But even the painted bike lane is not continuous and has several conflict points.

Our status-quo cars-first policies and practices have killed yet another person but ODOT, PBOT, and the elected officials responsible are going to continue doing things the same way until they’re held accountable. I’m sure thousands have driven through the blood already.

Bjorn
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Bjorn

Obviously not a ton of information as of now, but because it is an out of the way spot the north side of killingsworth has become a popular camping spot recently. There are several large camps that have set up here and the folks that are staying there frequently are cutting across the street because the nearest signalized crossing is a little distance away. I have thought that this was a dangerous situation that might result in tragic results as I have watched the camping get worse over the past few months.

Todd Boulanger
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Todd Boulanger

Yes my condolences for all involved. escpically the deceased victim.

Jonathan – I would recommend describing the motorist as “driver” or “vehicle operator” and not “user”. Unless of course this was an autonomous vehicle.

And this incident may raise the discussion of updating the design of bikeways along high speed access controlled arterials that are too “highway like” in their design especially in low visability conditions like night time.. Perhaps at a minimum such bikeways need reflectorized RPMs and rubble strips etc…if a separated bikeway is not done.

David Hampsten
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For those of you wanting traffic data, this portion of the Business Route US 30 roadway is listed by ODOT as Oregon Highway #123. Annual Average Daily Traffic (both ways): Mile post 10.51, 28300 vehicles/day, location of 0.10 mile east of Cascade Highway North (OR213, NE 82nd Avenue) on Columbia Blvd.

Christopher of Portland
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Christopher of Portland

I rode east through this area once to test my potential bike commute. I continued driving to work after that.

Bobcycle
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Bobcycle

I’ve biked through this area trying to find the best /safest route to Bike Tires Direct. It’s safer to drive. Although it has designated bike lanes it is surely designed with the intent of moving auto traffic and commercial trucks through as quickly and efficiently as possible, and it feels very intimidating to cycle in this area.

mark is not smith
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mark is not smith

all y’all’s talk about increasing penalties and speed limits and whatnot are entirely moot. You are talking into the wind at this point. The laws are not being enforced as it is. What will it take to expedite matters and enable enforcement to become a viable reality again? That is the real problem. And i do not see a way to get there.

Everyone is too selfish and all about getting themselves where they want to go as fast as possible. God help any of us who get in their way.

Johnny Bye Carter
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Johnny Bye Carter

“This is the fourth fatal traffic collision in Portland so far this year”

You may have missed the pedestrian one Friday morning.

https://www.kptv.com/news/officers-id-woman-who-died-at-hospital-after-being-struck/article_a6b5c238-3c3b-11e9-975c-73a07cd37726.html

Hazel
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Hazel

This is in my neighborhood and it’s really time for cycling improvements to both east and westbound Killingsworth in this area. No one obeys the speed limit and eastbound lane crossing over the 205 on-ramp is so dangerous.
Maybe it’s time for there to not allow standard bike lanes on roads with speed limits over 30 mph. It just doesn’t seem like the city/ODOT should encourage cycling in areas that leave cyclists so vulnerable.

wideangle
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wideangle

I’ve seen so many homeless walking bikes across the street near the chop shop that the photos were taken from that I would not even categorize the person with a bike as a cyclist. Facts matter.

Lester Burnham
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Lester Burnham

We are quick to blame the motorist here (as always). Are we sure the bike rider was not under the influence of a substance and veered into the car lane?

Tina
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Tina

Condolences to the cyclist, family, and friends. This stretch is sketchy for many reasons. The cars are one reason. There’s also a lot of gravel and small trash in the bike lane which could be tricky to navigate. Besides the adrenaline of the passing cars, there is a tiny 1.5% incline going west which could add to the adrenaline for any cyclist, especially if they’re already pedaling fast from the cars. I’ve done this stretch about 15-20 times or so. One time I was doing this route with a friend, got freaked out by the cars when I was looking to make sure I could still stay in the bike lane (it’s where the bike lane goes straight, but really goes left because the car lane merges right), and embarrassingly hit the curb and crashed. Sometimes I would take the sidewalk instead which I know is a big no-no, but there is rarely pedestrian traffic in this area.

Stephen Gomez
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Stephen Gomez

Regarding speeding this would be a start (because enforcement by police will never suffice): https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2019/02/27/all-new-cars-to-have-speed-limiters-fitted-rules-european-parliament/

Johnny Bye Carter
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Johnny Bye Carter

“The driver of the vehicle was travelling westbound”

So far we don’t know what type of vehicle the driver was piloting. At this point it could have been another cyclist that ran into them and killed them.

Of course we all know it’s likely to be some sort of motor vehicle. But the lack of details seems like really poor reporting, even for a police statement.

The PPB release says that their (PIO) Public Information Office didn’t respond to the crash scene. Does this mean we got a press release with less info than usual? Or did we get it from somebody other than the PIO?

mark smith
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mark smith

El Biciclero
In the past, I’ve gotten the idea that no immediate citation means authorities are reserving the option of handing out more than just a citation. To me, it’s an indication of a potentially more serious charge pending, or at least a possibility of multiple citations once an investigation is completed.Of course, it could also result in nothing.Recommended 5

Sure, because you know, why not hand out a citation when it actually happens-which would be recorded in the paper? That would be, you know, too logical.