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News Release: Traffic enforcement and education action on SE Clinton Street to highlight safety on neighborhood greenways

(February 9, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a traffic education and enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10 on SE Clinton Street between SE 12th Avenue and SE 50th Avenue from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

The action is part of the project to enhance the Clinton Neighborhood Greenway and make it more inviting for people who are walking and biking. As part of the overall improvement of the Clinton Neighborhood Greenway, PBOT installed two traffic diverters on SE Clinton Street at SE 17th Avenue and SE 32nd Avenue in early January. During public meetings to discuss the project last year, community members asked PBOT to initiate an education and enforcement campaign to make people driving aware of the unique role that neighborhood greenways play in encouraging walking and biking. Police and PBOT collaborated on an enforcement action Dec. 15, before the diverters were installed, and are returning for additional enforcement now that the diverters have been in place for a month.

The Portland City Council has also made a commitment to protect and enhance the city’s neighborhood greenways.

During the enforcement action, the Portland Police Bureau will be on the lookout for violations that threaten the safety of people walking and biking. These violations include people driving who violate “do not enter- except bicycles” sign, illegal and unsafe U-turns, and people driving vehicles (including scooters and motorcycles) through the new diverters. Police will also monitor stop sign compliance on streets surrounding Clinton, including the SE Woodward and 32nd Avenue intersection.

Portland’s neighborhood greenways are where people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to bicycle, walk and play. As such, neighborhood greenways need to maintain low motor vehicle volumes and speeds, provide protected crossings at major intersections, and create an environment that encourages people of all ages to travel actively. Between SE 12th Avenue and SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard, traffic volumes currently exceed the upper acceptable limit of 2,000 cars per day by 200 to 1,000 cars. Much of this traffic is believed to be non-local cut-through traffic that should be using either SE Division Street or SE Powell Boulevard. More information about the greenways can be found at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/50518

Vision Zero Portland logoTraffic education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions about once each month 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.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879

View the results of previous actions at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/134382

Education and enforcement actions such as the Feb. 10 event 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. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025: www.visionzeroportland.com.

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News Release: PBOT’s 2015 Traffic Safety Report reinforces need for action to reduce serious and fatal crashes on Portland’s streets

vision zero logo(Feb. 8, 2016) – The newly improved crosswalk at SE 156th and Division Street was dedicated this morning in a short ceremony that also acknowledged the three fatalities that occurred at the location in recent years. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), along with Oregon & Southwest Washington Families for Safe Streets and Oregon Walks, met at the new Rapid Flashing Beacon to discuss why the safety improvements at the crossing and other Vision Zero actions are so important for the people of Portland. Following the most recent fatality on January 12, 2016, PBOT added a temporary Rapid Flashing Beacon - the first in a series of changes PBOT will be making to this area. In addition to the temporary beacon, a hybrid beacon one block east at 157th will be installed and the TriMet bus stop will be relocated.

PBOT also released its 2015 Portland Traffic Safety Report which includes data on the number of traffic-related fatalities in 2015 and discusses trends and key contributing factors. Among the report’s findings, PBOT found that High Crash Corridors, which represent just 3% of Portland’s road network, were the site of 27% of the traffic fatalities in 2015. SE Division Street is one of Portland’s High Crash Corridors. In 2015, 9 of the city’s traffic fatalities were in East Portland, of which 3 were pedestrian fatalities. In addition, 54% of fatal crashes in Portland in 2015 included at least one person who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“As a Vision Zero City we are committed to the idea that every death or serious injury on our streets is one too many,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “Our 2015 report makes it clear why Portland needs a comprehensive safety initiative like Vision Zero. All Portlanders deserve safe streets and that’s why the Portland Bureau of Transportation is so committed to implementing Vision Zero.”

Pedestrian safety is a high priority for PBOT, especially on arterial roadways, where data shows people are most at risk. As most pedestrian fatalities occur when pedestrians are crossing the street, PBOT is focusing its Vision Zero efforts on improving crossing safety. With the help of federal grants, state funds, and local partnerships the Bureau is rolling out a significant number of crossing improvements utilizing Rapid Flashing Beacons on roadways throughout East Portland. In the coming weeks, PBOT will be activating additional flashing beacons all across East Portland.

In addition to these infrastructure improvements, the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Task Force continues to move forward with prioritizing the safety actions that the City will take to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in Portland. The Vision Zero Task Force, with members from Portland’s Police and Fire Bureaus, regional and state government and partners in emergency response, public health and community organizations – including Oregon Walks and Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets - will be targeting a wide range of issues including DUII, infrastructure improvements and policy. The next Task Force meeting is on February 25.

 

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Oregon Walks is the state's pedestrian advocacy organization. We advocate to ensure every person, regardless of income, ability or geography, can interact with their community by walking. Oregon Walks is dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe, accessible and attractive to everyone.

Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets is comprised of victims of traffic violence and families whose loved ones have been killed or severely injured by aggressive or reckless driving and dangerous conditions in Oregon and SW Washington.  Through our stories and advocacy, we seek cultural and physical changes on our streets and the rapid implementation of Vision Zero. We envision communities where pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles safely co-exist, and children and adults can travel freely without risk of harm – where no loss of life in traffic is acceptable.

Traffic Advisory: PBOT closes SE 122nd Avenue Bridge for about 4 weeks to repair damage from heavy winter rainstorms

(Feb. 3, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that work on the SE 122nd Avenue Bridge over Johnson Creek will keep the span closed to motor vehicle traffic for about four weeks. The bridge sidewalk will remain open for biking and walking.

Travelers in the area should use alternate routes to travel between SE Foster Road and SE Flavel Street.

Local access will be maintained south of SE Foster Road and North of SE Flavel for residents and businesses. Access to the Leach Botanical Garden, located next to the bridge, will also be maintained.

Detour Map for 122nd Avenue Bridge ClosurePBOT crews were inspecting the bridge this week, in the aftermath of several winter rainstorms that had flooded the area and scoured some sections of bridge supports. The inspections revealed damage that requires immediate repair.

PBOT crews are posting two detour routes.

Alternate Route 1 SE 110th/112th:

Southbound traffic will be detoured west at SE Foster Rd to southbound on SE 110th Dr/SE 112th Ave to SE Flavel St and eastbound back to SE 122nd Ave. Northbound traffic will be detoured at SE Flavel St west to SE 112th Ave/SE 110th Dr, then east on SE Foster Rd, back to SE 122nd Ave. 

Alternate Route 2, SE 134th/Deardorff Road:

Southbound traffic will be detoured east at SE Foster Rd to southbound on SE 134th Ave/SE Deardorff Road to SE Flavel St and westbound back to SE 122nd Ave. Northbound traffic will be detoured at SE Flavel St east to Deardorff Road/ SE 134th Ave and west on SE Foster Rd, back to SE 122nd Ave.

The traveling public is advised to travel cautiously, observe the closure signage and directions by reader boards and detour signage.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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 The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Blog: Vision Zero through the eyes of a Portland trauma nurse

Mike Morrison at work

"More than 95% of the injuries I see are entirely preventable," says Michael Morrison, B.S.N.

By Hannah Schafer

Portland Bureau of Transportation

(February 1, 2016) - Portlanders deserve safe streets on which to walk, bike, operate mobility devices, access transit, and drive. The Portland Bureau of Transportation aims to make our transportation system the safest possible and to move towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries in the next 10 years. This effort is known as Vision Zero.

Achieving Vision Zero requires the input of a diverse group of partners from across the city and uses a variety of tools to inform the strategies for achieving this important goal. Our community-wide effort now includes Portland’s Police and Fire Bureaus, regional and state government and partners in emergency response, public health and community organizations.

Task Force member Michael Morrison, B.S.N., has been a critical care nurse for the past 39 years. A graduate of the OHSU School of Nursing in 1977, Michael currently works as a trauma nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, where he cares for patients in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care and responds to incoming patients as part of the resuscitation team in the emergency and operating rooms. In short, says Michael, “Most of my career has been on the frontlines of dealing with the aftermath of injuries and fatalities.”

In addition to bedside patient care, he is a coordinator for Legacy Health Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT). TNTT is a nationally recognized injury prevention program and recipient of the prestigious NOVA award from the American Hospital Association. As a national leader, TNTT has developed several unique traffic safety classes. Michael partnered with community traffic safety advocates to develop the High Risk Driver Class and the Share the Road Safety Class. Says Michael, “As we improve our medical care in saving lives and reducing the consequences of injury, the most valuable health care approach is prevention. More than 95% of the injuries I see are entirely preventable.”

Michael helped pioneer Legacy’s Bicycle Helmet Program that has distributed more than 130,000 low cost and free helmets since 1992 in the Portland metropolitan area. Michael raised five children; bicycling for fun and commuting is still a part of their lives.

Says Michael about serving on the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Task Force, “It is an honor for me to work with community leaders, law enforcement, safety advocates and traffic safety planners on the Vision Zero Task Force. Reaching the goal of Vision Zero is achievable with a diverse group of community partners leading the way. Public involvement can significantly reduce injuries and minimize fatalities; I am proud to be sharing in this effort.”

See the following link to a recent Legacy ad highlighting their partnerships to improve health in our community; Michael and the helmet program is featured in this 30 second spot:

The Vision Zero Task Force is charged with providing direction on the Portland Vision Zero Action Plan, including developing the vision, goals, policies, actions, performance measures, and recommendations to get to zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. In addition, Task Force members act as liaisons to the organizations and agencies they represent and will be ongoing champions for implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan. Working together we will save lives.

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Traffic Advisory: Lane closure on SE Hawthorne Blvd continues up to 14 days as PBOT repairs damage from water main break

(Jan. 29, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the right westbound lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard will remain closed between SE 24th Avenue and SE 25th Avenue for another 10 to 14 days as crews work to repair roadway damage from a water main break. Timing of reopening the lane is weather dependent.

Westbound travelers in the area should use caution and consider using alternate routes.

The lane has been closed since Tuesday Jan. 26, when a water main break was discovered. PBOT crews have replaced rock roadway base and on Friday they poured concrete that will need several days to cure. After that, crews will replace up to 6 inches of asphalt.

The asphalt work is weather dependent and the schedule may change. PBOT crews are looking to provide a long-term repair that can withstand heavy traffic on a busy corridor rather than a short-term fix that would need more work later.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation