vision zero in portland

PBOT releases new Vision Zero data dashboard

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 9th, 2021 at 3:54 pm

Chart shows number of speed camera citations over time at various locations.

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PBOT annual crash report says 2020 was ‘unusual and tragic’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 26th, 2021 at 1:41 pm

Crash trends by mode.
(Source: City of Portland)

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Portland dissolves Vision Zero Task Force, introduces new outreach plans

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 8th, 2021 at 3:51 pm

A Vision Zero Task Force meeting in Portland City Hall in February 2017.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Grim final week of 2020 pushes traffic deaths to record levels

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 4th, 2021 at 3:22 pm

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City Council hears Yoana Molina’s powerful testimony for a safer SE Stark

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 11th, 2018 at 1:27 pm

She told them exactly what they needed to hear.

An emergency speed limit reduction for outer Southeast Stark Street was unanimously approved by Portland City Council this morning (see the ordinance here).

The move comes as no surprise, given the priority for traffic safety shown by our current Mayor Ted Wheeler and city commissioners and the commitment to Vision Zero by our Bureau of Transportation. As we reported last week, this action on Stark comes after a spate of deadly collisions and its continued ranking atop PBOT’s “high crash corridor” charts for biking, walking and driving. In addition to lowering the speed limit, PBOT has set aside $10 million for infrastructure upgrades.

During this morning’s hearing, two staff members of the nonprofit community development organization, The Rosewood Initiative, were invited to testify. One of them was Yoana Molina. Molina is the director of operations for the group and has been an active volunteer in the neighoborhood for over 15 years. During her testimony she spoke without notes and her words came straight from the heart.[Read more…]

Another person killed while walking in east Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 22nd, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Where four people were killed while walking in Portland so far this year.

Another person has been killed while walking on a Portland road.
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Racial bias concerns and staffing shortage present enforcement challenges for Portland Police

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 7th, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Vision Zero Task Force member Karis Stoudamire-Phillips speaks at a meeting in City Hall yesterday.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We hear from many of you that it feels like streets in Portland are getting more lawless by the day. One reason is a severe lack of police presence due to a staffing shortage that’s been years in the making. The flip side of that is a concern among traffic safety advocates and the Police Bureau that too much presence in certain parts of the city might lead to unfair or over-policing.
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Amid spike in deaths City touts “foundation building” in first annual Vision Zero progress report

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 28th, 2018 at 3:15 pm

(All graphics from PBOT’s 2017 Vision Zero Annual Report.)

We haven’t turned back the rising tide of deaths and injuries on our streets; but we’re getting better at analyzing it and we’ve laid the groundwork for future progress.

That’s the vibe from the Portland Bureau of Transportation as noted in their first annual Vision Zero Progress Report published yesterday. Stating that 2017 was, “A year of tragedy and foundation building,” the agency detailed their policy and project efforts and offered a sad recap of all the traffic deaths last year.

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Grab a ’20 is Plenty’ yard sign and help PBOT change traffic culture

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 8th, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Hopefully it’s a sign of change.
(Photo: PBOT)

Changing America’s dysfunctional traffic culture begins on the street in front of where you live.

It will take a lot more than signs and paint to win the battle against traffic violence — but both of those things are part of the fight. The Portland Bureau of Transportation has a new way you can aid their “Vision Zero” efforts: They now offer free ’20 is Plenty’ yard signs. Their goal is to help educate us about speed and give everyone a bit of a fair warning before the new 20 mph citywide residential speed limit goes into effect on April 1st (no foolin’).

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PBOT has 17 ‘High Crash Network’ projects queued up for construction this year

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 30th, 2018 at 11:22 am

PBOT will be busy in 2018.

With money in their coffers for the first time in several decades (thanks in large part to the local gas tax and revenue from the state transportation package passed last year), the Portland Bureau of Transportation will be busy in 2018. They recently released a list of 17 projects they plan to construct this year. Nine of them are east of 82nd.
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