Mayoral candidate staffer victim of hit-and-run while biking on Vancouver Avenue

Southbound Vancouver at Broadway.

Laura Krouse.
(Photo: Sarah for Portland Mayor)

Laura Krouse, community development coordinator for the campaign Sarah Iannarone for Mayor campaign, was hit by a driver while biking to work yesterday (8/14). It happened at the intersection of North Vancouver and Broadway.

Krouse says she was pedaling south on Vancouver when she was right-hooked by someone who tried to turn right onto Broadway (which is illegal). “It was a hit-and-run,” Krouse shared when I asked her what happened this morning. “They stopped and gave me a fake name. When I asked them for their info, they sped off. Didn’t even get out of the car.”

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Central City in Motion project plan shows future changes to Broadway at Vancouver.

Fortunately Krouse was not hurt (and opted to not report it to police), but her bike is mangled. The community rallied and has raised $250 so far to help get it running again. Unfortunately, this intersection remains problematic.

Vancouver is a major part of the cycling network. We used to have a gap in the bike lane between Broadway and Weidler. That was filled with a bus/bike only lane in 2012 and ODOT made additional changes to the intersection in 2016. Today, three southbound lanes meet with two more southbound lanes that exit Interstate 5. There are separate signals for each set of lanes which helps reduce conflicts, but the intersection is still confusing and stressful environment for many users.

The City of Portland’s Central City in Motion plan has a project that aims to improve this intersection. Project #18 (at right) would add a green-colored and protected bike lane to Broadway. It’s slated for construction by 2023.

Mayoral Candidate Sarah Iannarone uses a bicycle for most of her trips around town. She has also been outspoken in her opposition to the I-5 Rose Quarter Project. On Twitter this morning she hinted at a “tactical urbanism intervention” at the Vancouver/Broadway intersection in response to this collision. Stay tuned.

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

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PDXCyclist
PDXCyclist
3 years ago

Meh that sucks. Antisocial behavior. Hopefully she got a license plate?

Broadway/Weidler project looks pretty promising. Saw they’re considering a raised side street crossing too. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/702679

esther2
esther2
3 years ago

This is a good lesson for all of us. When something like this happens, either to you, or you observe it. whip out that cell phone and get a picture of the car, plates, and person.

bikeninja
bikeninja
3 years ago

This is not just a cycling infrastructure problem but a result of a common theme here, the dangerous results of a complete lack of traffic enforcement in PDX. I see this sort of thing all the time, drivers brazenly breaking clear laws and directions knowing that it is unlikely they will be caught. Only so much can be done with infrastructure, given the obvious selfishness and sociopathy of a large portion of the motoring population. I feel like I am living in an old comic book where “metropolis” has been overrun by criminals but unlike the comic book there is no superhero on the way to dispense justice to the rotten scofflaws. Not sure where this is going but it won’t end well.

Middle of The Road Guy
Middle of The Road Guy
3 years ago
Reply to  bikeninja

I think accusing a majority of the population as sociopaths is going a little too far.

El Biciclero
El Biciclero
3 years ago

I’m pretty sure just about everyone becomes a little more sociopathic when they get behind the wheel. The initial degree of sociopathy and the multiplier will vary person-to-person, but I don’t think accusing a majority of the population of being temporary sociopaths is too far off.

Middle of The Road Guy
Middle of The Road Guy
3 years ago
Reply to  El Biciclero

In that case, I’ve noticed that a large portion of cyclists ignore traffic controls and act unpredictably. At least on my little corner of the world which is on a bike route.

Concordia Cyclist
Concordia Cyclist
3 years ago

I’m sure that your observation is accurate, but the result is normally an annoyance, not life threatening. Additionally, being in a vehicle separates one from the environment one is passing through – which seemingly would be more likely to foster a sociopathic response.

Fred
Fred
3 years ago

@MOTRG You notice the cyclists’ behaviors b/c there are so many fewer cyclists. You don’t even notice the motorists’ behaviors b/c they are ubiquitous. Can’t tell you how many people stop me and say “I saw you cycling!” But did I see them driving? Nope – you are anonymous in your steel cage, behind the wall of glass (often completely darkened glass), and you can get away with almost anything.

Toby Keith
Toby Keith
3 years ago
Reply to  El Biciclero

I’ve noticed that behaviour from the guys who wear full racing kit and feel the need to pass me so fast and close in the bike lanes I feel their wind.

jeffb
jeffb
3 years ago
Reply to  Toby Keith

Cool cool cool, more Bikeportland lycra shaming!

El Biciclero
El Biciclero
3 years ago
Reply to  Toby Keith

“I feel their wind.”

“Upper Wind” or “Lower Wind”?

Chris I
Chris I
3 years ago
Reply to  Toby Keith

You’re complaining about a free, cooling breeze on a hot afternoon? What’s not to like?

Dan A
Dan A
3 years ago
Reply to  Toby Keith

Sorry, I am powered by burritos.

bikeninja
bikeninja
3 years ago

A large portion of the motoring population is not the same thing as a majority, that would be “the largest portion”. Large portion just signifies a number that is bigger than insignificant or small. A keen observation of PDX motorists will lead you to the unavoidable conclusion that more than a tiny number (lack empathy, and have a weak conscience that allows them to act recklessly or aggressively even when they know their behavior is wrong*)
* Psycology Today.

Middle of The Road Guy
Middle of The Road Guy
3 years ago
Reply to  bikeninja

Imagine if someone said “a large portion of Mexicans”…

Dan A
Dan A
3 years ago

Ah yes, racism is pretty much the same thing as noticing that many drivers act with little concern for others.

Chris I
Chris I
3 years ago

A large portions of Mexicans live in Mexico.

Dan A
Dan A
3 years ago

I take it you’ve never driven on Highway 26 between 5 and 6am.

Middle of The Road Guy
Middle of The Road Guy
3 years ago
Reply to  Dan A

some days between 7-730am.

Dan A
Dan A
3 years ago

Oh, traffic there is plenty civilized when there is little room to move around. In the early mornings it can be terrifying. People tailgate aggressively and swerve in & out of lanes with no warning. And who’s to stop them? I’ve never once seen the patrol out that early.

RIcky
RIcky
3 years ago
Reply to  bikeninja

Even if there is an increase in enforcement, the consequences for those caught by law enforcement will be minor. Hitting someone with a car might be the easiest way to get away with murder.

jim r
jim r
3 years ago

Sorry Laura. To make things worse, the city’s investigators have been overwhelmed with hit and run accidents for years and if you don’t pursue this, they certainly won’t simply because you didn’t die or go to the hospital. I know from experience. I hope you feel better soon and am happy to hear of improvements for this intersection.

Bjorn Warloe
Bjorn Warloe
3 years ago

I hope she changes her mind about reporting it. Severe under reporting of hit and run is part of how it continues to be viewed as not being the problem it is.

EP
EP
3 years ago

A few years back I was on Vancouver stopped at this light. Got the green arrow, looked back at the I5 offramp, all clear, I barely start to pedal and VRRROOOOOMMMMM a car at highway speed just flew through their red light. Fortunately they stopped at the red light on Weidler and didn’t careen into the cross traffic. Closest call I’ve had yet. I avoid this intersection a lot now.

Gregg
3 years ago

sarah2020.com

It’s partially related. I’m totally voting for Sarah Iannarone for mayor. I’ll guess most BP readers are with me.

BikeRound
BikeRound
3 years ago
Reply to  Gregg

I went to her website, listened to the video, and read all of the text. There is not much there besides generic platitudes. Granted, the election is a long ways off, and hopefully she will provide more specifics.

Andrew
Andrew
3 years ago
Reply to  BikeRound

Aye. I was hoping for more policy positions and specifics. But as you say, the election is a long way off. I don’t even know who else is running. But from what I’ve heard about Sarah around here, and also the fact that shes an urban planning wonk, I hope she presents some concrete goals and plans to achieve them soon.

Andrew
Andrew
3 years ago
Reply to  BikeRound

Considering how important Vancouver/Williams are for N/NE cycling, and how much bike traffic both receive, the weak sauce infra is laughable at best.

Fred
Fred
3 years ago
Reply to  BikeRound

I agree – haven’t been very impressed with Sarah, either her positions or her rhetoric, though her heart seems to be in the right place about promoting cycling. Her comments in the article about burnout sounded vague and political, as though they had been tested by a committee to determine (a) what sounds good, and (b) what offends the least number of people. They reminded me of that comment by Bill Clinton about “preserving [his] political viability.”

dwk
dwk
3 years ago
Reply to  Gregg

She has come one here before and answered no questions..
Maybe this incident will spark an interest that she has not had before..

Matt
Matt
3 years ago
Reply to  Gregg

Nope.

And would prefer to keep political endorsements to other venues maybe?

soren
soren
3 years ago
Reply to  Matt

posts their political disapproval and then says people should keep their political endorsements off the blog.

Middle of The Road Guy
Middle of The Road Guy
3 years ago
Reply to  Gregg

I will not pull the lever for an ANTIFA member. Sorry.

soren
soren
3 years ago

so you only pull the lever for people who are undecided about fascism or support fascism?

PS
PS
3 years ago
Reply to  soren

Pretty sure you can be against Antifa and Fascists, and last I looked there wasn’t a fascist running for mayor, so it would be acceptable to exclude the member of Antifa and not need to say that you’re also not pulling the lever for a fascist.

Toby Keith
Toby Keith
3 years ago
Reply to  Gregg

No.

mark smith
mark smith
3 years ago

The CIM plan simply makes a wide, fast surface highway(s) slightly slower. It signals to the drivers to floor it!

Not prioritizing anything other than driving.

MARK SMITH
MARK SMITH
3 years ago

She is neither a white male no an old white lady, so she has no chance winning a city wide election for mayor.

Chris I
Chris I
3 years ago
Reply to  MARK SMITH

I wasn’t aware that Hardesty was white.

PS
PS
3 years ago
Reply to  Chris I

I wasn’t aware Hardesty was our Mayor.

Susan Kubota
Susan Kubota
3 years ago

Laura, Thank god you weren’t injured. Everyone is not so lucky. While I understand your life has been disrupted and you probably just want to move on but this was hit and run and should be reported to the police. Without the formal complaint, it didn’t happen and underreported events allow complacency and promote the status quo.

Jeffrey Ryerson
Jeffrey Ryerson
3 years ago

I go through this intersection on my bike commute several times a week. My take is that the Portland streets can’t handle the traffic load. I believe this causes people in cars to turn into BFA ‘s in a BFH. Bike lanes and bike designated streets are crashed at high speed by BFA’s in a BFH trying to get around the choke points in the city. Really- we can’t blame the drivers. This city’s grid can’t handle the traffic. Get an E-bike and become part of the solution. I get FREE VIP PARKING, zero gas costs, I get to work feeling refreshed and ready- not ready for combat. 1600 miles commuting on the bike so far this year…just sayin’

Kristent
Kristent
3 years ago

Disappointing that she didn’t report it. I’m glad she wasn’t hurt, but she has major property damage (mangled bike) that should be counted as a data point in the system at the very least.

Also, will her boss do more to keep this sort of thing (right hook) from happening in the city?

Alan 1.0
3 years ago
Reply to  Kristent

Neither Iannarone nor Wheeler nor any other city official can or will do anything about something which does not appear in official records. That’s reasonable to my way of thinking. To me, that reflects doubly badly on Krouse for being unwilling to spend the small effort of filing a report, both for her own interests and – allegedly – those of her “boss.”