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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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StreetSmart Safety

Share the road


Safety is the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s No. 1 priority. Every life altering injury or death caused by traffic crashes is a tragedy that resonates through our families and neighborhoods. We’re constantly working to improve safety throughout the city by reducing speeding, making crossings safer, creating partnerships with police and working with the community.

We promote safety through engineering, education and enforcement -- and we believe that everyone can help. By slowing down, being sober when we travel, and following the rules of the road, we can make Portland safer. During the winter months, when it gets darker earlier, it’s especially important for everyone to be extra aware, whether you’re driving a car, riding a bike or walking.

  • Drivers should be alert and make it a point to scan the road and sides of the road for pedestrians. They should look in all directions for bicycle riders and pedestrians before making a turn and eliminate distractions by putting away cell phones and other gadgets. Always stop for pedestrians. Remember that every intersection is a crosswalk, whether it is marked or not. Stick to the speed limit, drive sober, stay calm and drive defensively.
  • Pedestrians can make themselves as visible as possible by wearing contrasting, reflective or bright clothing -- or even by carrying or wearing lights. They should also eliminate distractions (like cell phones), make eye contact with drivers while crossing, look both ways even when the signal is giving them the right of way and make sure every lane is safe before entering. Pedestrians should stick to crossing the street at marked crosswalks or intersections.
  • Bicycle riders are also important partners for safer roads. Ride defensively and slow down when you are in heavy traffic conditions or when there are several vehicles making turns. Follow the rules of the road, which include stopping at red lights and stop signs. Make sure you have lights and reflectors that make you visible at night. Finally, just like motorists, cyclists have a responsibility to stop for pedestrians who are crossing the street.

Below, you can find links to more safety education resources, as well as details on our High Crash Corridor Safety Program. Look out for each other out there!

High Crash Corridor Program

High Crash Corridors (HCCs) are extended areas of roadway that have exceptional concentrations of crash activity. Identifying HCCs helps the City target limited resources for improved safety.

Traffic Calming Project Evaluations

City of Portland project evaluation reports, sorted by area of the city and by type of project.