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

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Three collisions in two hours in Washington County

The bicycle involved in one of two collisions on SW 185th Street in Aloha yesterday.(Photos: Wash. Co. Sheriff’s Office) “On Monday, February 20, 2012, Sheriff’s deputies were very busy dealing with crashes involving vehicles vs. pedestrians and bicycles.” That’s the opening line of a Washington County Sheriff’s Office statement sent to the media yesterday. It … Read more

Friends remember crash victim Bret Lewis

An “unconventional” family unit.Lisa Padur, Arlen Witter, and Bret Lewis.(Photo: Friends of Bret Lewis) Bret Lewis, the man who was hit and killed while attempting to cross Tualatin Valley Highway one week ago today, left behind a community of friends in Beaverton. Bret was an Oregon native, who spent most of his life in Beaverton. … Read more

What if Bret Lewis was crossing Tualatin-Valley Highway?

New analysis of the crash that claimed the life of 47-year old Beaverton resident Bret Lewis last Saturday reveals that — contrary to what was reported initially by the Beaverton Police Department and subsequently covered by several local media outlets (including this one) — it’s very possible that Lewis was crossing Tualatin Valley (TV) Highway … Read more

Beaverton fatality follow-up: A conversation with police spokesman

“Given the circumstances, it seems like issuing a citation would probably not stand up in court. Any person could go in and say, ‘It’s dark, rainy, there’s this little red light in the road’. I think any judge would toss that citation out’.”— Det. Sgt. Jim Shumway, Beaverton Police Department The community is trying to … Read more

Vigil for Bret Lewis to be held Friday in Beaverton

Intersection of TV Hwy and SW Tualaway Ave.(Photo: Jim Parsons) Community members plan to hold a vigil for Bret Lewis*, the man who was hit and killed while bicycling on Tualatin-Valley Highway in Beaverton on Saturday. The event is being planned by local citizen advocate (and 2011 BTA Alice Award nominee) Jim Parsons along with … Read more