Despite tragedy and focus, right-hooks still plague Portland

It happens.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) One of the biggest urban bicycling planning conundrums facing Portland (and other cities?) right now is how to decrease the prevalence of right-hook collisions. The majority of our bikeways here in Portland are to the immediate right of right-turning motor vehicle traffic at intersections. That scenario brings with it some … Read more

Metro report: Road carnage costs region more than congestion

Arterials kill. Using ODOT traffic crash data and their own data on transportation infrastructure Metro’s State of Safety report has found that roadway collisions cost our region $958 million a year — that’s significantly more than congestion. The report also lays bare one of the nagging issues for local transportation planners and a central theme … Read more

Tragic irony: PBOT postpones crosswalk enforcement action due to fatal collision

A memorial on SE Foster near site of fatal collision back in November 2009.(Photos © J. Maus) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has been doing “crosswalk enforcement actions” for several years. The events, which place a human decoy in a crosswalk with a phalanx of cops waiting to pull people over nearby, have helped … Read more

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Final weeks to comment on ODOT’s Traffic Safety Action Plan

Cover of Oregon’s Traffic Safety Action Plan. Did you know that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in Oregon for people under 35 years of age? Or that every year, traffic crashes in Oregon result in an estimated $2.58 billion in total economic loss — that’s about $657 dollars per Oregon resident*. The … Read more

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Recap: Summit lays out City’s priorities on transportation safety

Citizen activist Rebecca Hamilton pitches Mayor Adams with her big ideas.– Full Gallery –(Photos © J. Maus) The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Mayor Sam Adams hosted the Transportation Safety Summit Tuesday night. The event brought together advocacy groups, city staffers, citizen activists, and leaders from PBOT, the Oregon Department of Transportation and … Read more

Washington’s proposed safe passing law; and how it differs from ours

This year, Washington State lawmakers will consider a new safe passing law. The bill, House Bill 1018 (PDF), is just one part of what’s been dubbed as the “Mutual Responsibility Bill.” It appears to have support from both sides of the aisle (in total, eight democrats and three republicans support it) and seems to stand … Read more