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(April 5th, 2016)— Transportation Commissioner Novick, Representatives Fagan, Reardon, and Vega Pederson and East Portland leaders join the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Bureau for a crosswalk education and enforcement action at the intersection of 151st Avenue and SE Stark on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 9:00 AM.
The action will highlight the completion of several East Portland crossing improvements. The site is one of 16 rapid flash beacons newly constructed and activated in East Portland. Planning, design, and construction was made possible with $1.9 million secured by Representative Fagan and her legislative colleagues in the 2014 legislative session.
“As Commissioner in Charge of the Bureau of Transportation, safety is my highest priority,” says Commissioner Novick. “Every Portlander deserves a safe way to walk or bike to school or work. By partnering with our legislative leaders and local advocates, like the East Portland Action Plan, we’re able to leverage resources and prioritize new safety improvements that will make crossing the street safer and easier. We also need individuals to take personal action by remaining attentive to all users of our streets.”
PBOT encourages everyone to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. Both drivers and pedestrians should remain alert and watch for people in crossings and drivers that may be turning onto or from 151st Avenue. Each crosswalk education and enforcement action involves a pedestrian decoy positioned at an unmarked, or in this case, marked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, biking and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.
Education and enforcement actions are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. During the education and enforcement action, police officers and PBOT staff will remind drivers to stop appropriately for pedestrians in the crossing and encourage people walking to cross at the corner and, when available, utilize rapid flash beacons to alert drivers to yield to pedestrians.
Following the crosswalk education and enforcement action, Commissioner Novick will be joined by Representatives Fagan, Reardon, and Vega Pederson for a press conference beginning at 9:30 AM. Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat will participate in the press event. Also joining will be Linda Bauer, current co-chair of East Portland Action Plan’s (EPAP) Land Use and Transportation Committee (LUTC), long time advocates for the safety improvements. The project implements safety improvement recommendations from the East Portland in Motion (EPIM) Plan, which the East Portland Action Plan strongly advocated for. Invited guests also include Oregon Walks and Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets.
The new rapid flash beacons come a year after the City of Portland adopted Vision Zero, a traffic safety initiative that rejects the notion that traffic crashes are simply “accidents,” but instead preventable incidents that can and must be systematically addressed.
Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving, walking and biking. The transportation and police bureaus conduct education and enforcement actions throughout the year in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.
To find out more about PBOT's safety work and Vision Zero initiative-- PBOT's goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025-- visit www.visionzeroportland.com. There, you can learn more about rights and responsibilities for safely crossing a street and view the results of previous crossing education and enforcement actions.
Contact: Bryan Hockaday
Office of Commissioner Novick