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Public Takeover of SE Division (PBOT won’t fix it, so we will!)

December 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This is a citizen-lead emergency traffic calming event on SE Division St in response to the crisis-level number of fatalities and serious injuries on this road. We’re shutting down the deadly and unnecessary two outer traffic lanes through the 5-lane stretch of Outer Division.

On December 7th, at 7pm, a driver hit and killed a pedestrian at SE Division and 156th. Two hours later, another driver hit and killed another pedestrian at SE Division and 87th. This is in addition to the pedestrians hit and killed on Division on January 12th and September 4th, and the pedestrians who were hit and suffered traumatic injuries on March 29th and September 9th. THAT’S JUST IN 2016!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has classified SE Division as a high crash corridor, and has identified seven high crash intersections along its 8.3 miles. They know there’s a problem, but they have been slow to fix the street, and what little they have done has not lessened the carnage. IF PBOT WILL NOT FIX SE DIVISION, THEN WE THE CITIZENS OF PORTLAND WILL.

All are invited this Saturday when we will implement emergency traffic calming measures along the stretch of SE Division where the street widens to five traffic lanes (the deadliest stretch of the road). All you need to bring is yourself, but the especially enraged should bring signs, and anything large and visible (traffic cones, old pallets, planters, hay bales, patio furniture, etc). Remember Fallon Smart’s memorial on Hawthorne? So far, it’s been the only tactic that actually got the City to listen and seriously respond, so we’re doing it again.

Please note that this is not a shutdown: we will be maintaining functionality of the road, including driveways and bike lanes. Our goal is to show that the unnecessary and dangerous outer lanes could be removed (or converted to other purposes like bus/bike lanes) immediately and not cause undue impact to functionality!

The event will be held outside, rain or shine, so dress accordingly. Want to help organize? Please comment below. Date and time are tenative; more details forthcoming. SPREAD THE WORD AND SHARE WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW. This isn’t a cyclist issue or a pedestrian issue; SE Division is dangerous for everyone who uses the street, regardless of how you use it!


December 10, 2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



SE Division St & 82nd Ave