Caution, Blumenauer and bikes: Let’s talk Biden’s infrastructure plan

Posted on April 5th, 2021 at 1:48 pm.

Obama’s rescue plan built the cycle-track on SW Moody. What would Biden’s plan build?
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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Portland dissolves Vision Zero Task Force, introduces new outreach plans

Posted on February 8th, 2021 at 3:51 pm.

A Vision Zero Task Force meeting in Portland City Hall in February 2017.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Grim final week of 2020 pushes traffic deaths to record levels

Posted on January 4th, 2021 at 3:22 pm.

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Opinion: We’ll never have safe streets if we continue to make safe choices

Posted on November 13th, 2020 at 10:26 am.

Traffic victims were represented by empty pairs of shoes at a 2016 World Day of Remembrance event in Portland.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Late Thursday night someone died while using 122nd Avenue. They were the 46th person whose life ended while traveling on a Portland road so far this year, putting us on the same grim pace as 2019 despite a major reduction in travel due to the pandemic.

There have been four fatal crashes in a one mile stretch of 122nd Avenue in the past year alone. In 2018 I attended a press conference marking the completion of new crossings and other updates to the notoriously deadly street. Standing just one block from one of this year’s deaths, Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, PBOT Director Chris Warner, and other transportation bigwigs gave glowing speeches about their dedication to Vision Zero. Eudaly said the recent changes they made were an example of “transportation done right” and how she wasn’t willing to accept the constant carnage on 122nd. [Read more…]

New research says ‘left turn calming’ makes intersections safer

Posted on April 15th, 2020 at 1:32 pm.

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Grieving moms make traffic deaths real as Portland proclaims ‘Day of Remembrance’

Posted on November 13th, 2019 at 1:17 pm.

Group photo after proclamation was read at Portland City Council this morning.
Left to right: Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly; Oregon/SW Washington Families for Safe Streets volunteers Michelle DuBarry, Darla Sturdy, Kim Stone, and David Sale; Commissioner Nick Fish; Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Mayor Ted Wheeler announced at today’s City Council meeting that Portland will join a global movement by marking November 17th as World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. [Read more…]

ODOT staffer raises eyebrows with series of tweets – UPDATED

Posted on September 30th, 2019 at 3:12 pm.

Tiana Tozer at a PBOT event last Thursday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Comments about transportation safety made on Twitter last week by Portlander Tiana Tozer have raised eyebrows. While her Twitter account is not an official ODOT communications channel (her profile says, “Opinions are my own”), Tozer is ODOT’s Region 1 transportation safety coordinator and she sits on the Portland Bureau of Transportation Vision Zero Task Force.

Here’s what happened:

Tiana Tozer attended a City of Portland event at Ventura Park Thursday morning. Later that day she replied to a tweet of a video we posted from the event. When someone questioned the effectiveness of holding signs and asking drivers to slow down, Tozer replied: “Ho hum another entitled American sitting back watching people die, but he himself has no solution. How easy it is to criticize. God forbid you should be part of the solution. Don’t strain yourself.” [Read more…]

“Slow down!” Neighbors fight back against speeders with signs and cheers

Posted on September 26th, 2019 at 4:27 pm.

City staff, advocates and nearby residents made themselves seen and heard on SE Stark this morning.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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PBOT hopes ‘Thank You Crew’ cheerleaders will slow drivers down

Posted on September 24th, 2019 at 9:32 am.

PBOT Thank You (for not speeding) Crew.
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Willamette Week: Portland’s Vision Zero efforts “not working”

Posted on August 21st, 2019 at 1:25 pm.

“Portland’s streets are killing fields.”

That’s the opening salvo in a Willamette Week cover story that tries to make the case that the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Vision Zero efforts are failing.

Blindsided is a photo essay and reporting effort that will likely have a big impact on local transportation discussions for weeks and months to come. It uses personal stories from a range of Portlanders to illustrate the vast problem of unsafe roads and to poke holes in the City’s effort to fix them. The focus of the piece isn’t a surprise given that so far this year 35 people have been killed in traffic-related incidents. That’s one more than we recorded for all of 2018.
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