walking

Portland lawyer releases ‘Oregon Pedestrian Law Guide’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 1st, 2021 at 2:51 pm


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Oregon Walks releases landmark report on fatal pedestrian crashes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 17th, 2021 at 2:58 pm

A man walks across a street in east Portland.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Oregon Walks ED Ashton Simpson on Hawthorne, ‘aggressive’ bike culture, and more

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 16th, 2021 at 4:23 pm

Oregon Walks Executive Director Ashton Simpson.

Ashton Simpson took over as leader of the nonprofit Oregon Walks back in January. Before that, the Russell neighborhood resident and active volunteer for transportation issues ran for statewide office.

I reached out to him last week to get his perspective on the debate around the Hawthorne Boulevard paving project. Our chat went longer than expected.

Below is a slightly edited version of our conversation:

Any thoughts on the Hawthorne decision?

“I wasn’t involved in it at all. Outside of what was released yesterday [Tuesday, February 9th], I didn’t even know that project was happening. I’m still trying to get wrap my head around the organization and all the things that go along with it. But I did talk to someone on our Plans and Projects Committee and her and I both agree that what they proposed now is better than what is out there today. Granted, it was a big loss for a bike lane on that road, especially for those who live in that community. I wish that could have been added on. But at the same time, we had limited space requirements and they’re trying to fit a lot of stuff in there. [Read more…]

A man died on a corner in Happy Valley and the police statement blames him for it

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 23rd, 2019 at 11:34 am

Images of Sanchez and memorial on corner of Hwy 212 and 102nd in Happy Valley. (Via Facebook, used with permission)

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PBOT to build first ‘alternative pedestrian walkway’ in Cully

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 18th, 2019 at 11:06 am

The walkway will be on NE 60th from NE Going to Lombard. (Graphic: PBOT)

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Sullivan’s Gulch artists paint a safer street

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 22nd, 2019 at 4:05 pm

A painted intersection. A safer intersection.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

When a busy street bisects your neighborhood and drivers make it unsafe, sometimes a paint brush is your best weapon.
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North Fessenden and 82nd claimed more victims last night

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 25th, 2019 at 4:20 pm

Another person was seriously injured on N Fessenden last night.

At first I thought the Portland Police Bureau sent out a duplicate statement by mistake. Then upon closer inspection of the emails, I realized there really were two traffic collisions that caused serious injury to someone walking within just a few hours on Sunday night.
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A planned and funded project could have prevented this morning’s fatal collision

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 4th, 2019 at 12:04 pm


*Existing conditions (left) and PBOT concept drawing of SW Salmon and Park with “X” marking approximate collision location. (Click to enlarge)

This morning someone died while walking across a street in downtown Portland. It’s the first traffic fatality of 2019.

A project approved by City Council in November might have prevented it.
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Woman killed on NE Sandy Blvd is 20th traffic death while walking this year

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 20th, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Looking southwest on Sandy Blvd from NE 79th.

Something is wrong with Portland’s traffic safety efforts. While ostensibility dedicated to a Vision Zero Action Plan with a clear goal of zero traffic deaths by 2025, the fatality statistics are going in the wrong direction.

This morning just after 7:00 am, a woman was killed while walking across NE Sandy Blvd. It happened between NE 78th and 79th Avenues. The Portland Police Bureau hasn’t released details of the crash and is currently doing an investigation.

This woman was the 20th person to die while walking in 2017 — that’s the highest toll in over 20 years. The furthest back our immediately available data goes is 1996. That year 17 people died while walking.
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Lack of sidewalks, dangerous driving cited as top walking barriers in City of Portland survey

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 29th, 2017 at 11:46 am

Walking conditions on SE Foster east of 82nd.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As part of their work to update the citywide walking plan the Portland Bureau of Transportation spent 17 weeks doing a survey to find out what keeps people from doing it. With 4,855 responses tallied, the results are in.
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