A new state law signed Tuesday by Gov. John Kitzhaber allows Oregon cities to designate certain streets where, for the first time in decades, pedestrians won’t be required to yield the roadway to cars.
“The sheer number of serious collisions between pedestrians and cars this past week demonstrates that our traffic safety deficit is not found in one person’s error.” — Steph Routh, Director of Willamette Pedestrian Coalition On Sunday night, two young women were struck by a car while attempting to cross the street at SE 80th and … Read more
Map of location. Two women who were crossing SE Foster Blvd at 80th Ave on foot last night were struck by a car. One woman, 23 year old Lindsay Leonard, died on the scene. The other, 29 23 year old Jessica Finlay, is in critical condition. According to the Oregon State Police, the women were … Read more
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has released a new, 3 1/2 minute animated film about Oregon crosswalk laws. The film, “Every Corner is a Crosswalk” was created to help educate Portlanders about their responsibilities when driving and walking. According to PBOT, 72% of pedestrian collisions in the Central Business District are a result … Read more
Markings on the Hawthorne.(Photos © J. Maus) So far, in our coverage of the Hawthorne Bridge Crash, we’ve heard from an eyewitness and the two people who collided. We’ve also discussed both infrastructure and behavior-based solutions. But one important party to this issue has been left out: pedestrians. It’s hard to determine what exactly caused … Read more