pedestrian safety

OSU student uses GIS to analyze fatal pedestrian crashes in Washington County

Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent) by on August 9th, 2021 at 3:11 pm

Anaysis of pedestrian crashes in Washington County with poverty level as base. Source: Benjamin Fryback

[Read more…]

TriMet re-tests ‘Talking buses’ to warn other road users about turns

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on March 7th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

NE Couch bike lanes (with changes)-17

Four years after one of its bus drivers fatally collided with two women in a downtown Portland crosswalk, TriMet is testing a few devices that use sounds and lights to show when a bus is turning.

One uses flashing LED strobe lights and the announcement “pedestrians, bus is turning,” repeated twice by the voice of a slightly alarmed woman. Another uses only a softer audio warning: “caution, bus is turning” three times. They started operating on 45 buses on five of TriMet’s frequent service lines on Monday: the 4, 8, 15, 33 and 75.

The folks at Oregon Public Broadcasting uploaded each file to Soundcloud for easy testing over the web. Here’s the first one, which isn’t being tested with LED accompaniment:

[Read more…]

The 10 Portland streets where collisions claimed walkers’ lives in 2013

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 23rd, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Southeast Division and 148th Avenue, where Renee Bates was killed while crossing the street with her husband.
(Image: Google Street View)

Portland has some of the safest streets in the country, and in general, they’ve been getting safer as our use of cars has continued to decline — not just for people on bikes but those on feet and cars, too.

But as a string of street deaths and a vigil Friday remind us, that safety isn’t evenly distributed across the city.

[Read more…]

Family of woman killed while walking across SE Foster sues for $3.7 million

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 17th, 2010 at 9:21 am

Traffic Safety action on SE Foster-7

A makeshift memorial near the site of the collision.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Oregonian reports that a lawsuit has been filed by the family of Lindsay Leonard, the 23-year old Reed College graduate who was killed by a man who struck her with his car as she walked across SE Foster Road back in November.

The suit seeks $3.7 million and the defendants include the driver, Tito Jose Feliciano, and his employer (he was driving a company car); the City of Portland (for allegedly not keeping the crosswalk maintained); and Portland General Electric (who was responsible for the streetlights). [Read more…]

Guerrila crosswalk painted on East Burnside

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 28th, 2009 at 11:02 am

This mystery crosswalk on E. Burnside at NE 8th seems to be working.
(Photo: Doug Klotz)

[Read more…]