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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

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

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Traffic Safety Resources

Safety: Vision Zero

Portland families deserve safe streets on which to walk, bike, operate mobility devices, access transit, and drive. PBOT 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.

Vision Zero acknowledges that the death or serious injury of even one person on Portland roadways is too many. When answering the question, “How many of our family members, friends, or neighbors can we accept being killed or maimed in traffic?” the only acceptable answer is zero.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is committed to developing a Vision Zero safety strategy that outlines how street design, traffic enforcement, and education will realize our vision.

A critical component of our effort is reporting on our progress. On this page, you can learn more about our approach to Vision Zero (as laid out in our 2-Year Workplan), examine crash data and trends, learn about our current safety efforts, and view safety education resources.


BROCHURE: A Guide to Pedestrian Safety

A brochure detailing your rights and responsibilities for staying safe as a pedestrian.

BROCHURE: What You Need To Know About Oregon Crosswalk Laws

What You Need To Know About Oregon Crosswalk Laws - ODOT brochure

BROCHURE: Crosswalks

Crosswalk Brochure

BROCHURE: Put the Brakes on Pedestrian Deaths

Full-color brochure illustrating pedestrian safety tips presented in 8 languages and an informational graphic indicating how vehicle speed impacts pedestrian fatalities (yellow "Put the Brakes on" message folds to meet the "Pedestrian Deaths" message)

ENFORCEMENT: Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement Actions

Listing of Crosswalk Enforcement Actions between August 2005 - present day

FLYER: Rapid Flash Beacons - English/Spanish, Vietnamese/Russian, Chinese/ Korean, Arabic/Somali

Full-color, 1/3 page information flyers about how to use and respond to Rapid Flash Beacons as a pedestrian and/or as a driver; contact Sharon White at 503-823-7100 to request flyers for your facility

INFORMATION: Oregon Vehicle Code-Speeding and Rules of the Road

Oregon Vehicle Code-Speeding and Rules of the Road

INFORMATION: Rapid Flash Beacon Locations in East Portland

Listing of locations and proposed activaiton dates for flashing beacons in East Portland

INFORMATION: Rapid Flash Beacons

Rapid Flash Beacons (RFB) are installed at specific crossings to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians.

INFORMATION: Traffic Calming Glossary

It's easy to get lost in jargon and abbreviations. We want you to understand the terms that traffic calming professionals may use.

INFORMATION: What Is The Purpose of A STOP Sign?

Provides information about what a STOP sign is, if STOP signs reduce speeding, what a neighborhood STOP plan is, and more.

MAP: Rapid Flash Beacons in East Portland

Map indicating the location of current and funded rapid flash beacons in East Portland

POSTER: Put the Brakes on Pedestrian Deaths

Full-color poster illustrating pedestrian safety tips presented in 8 languages and an informational graphic indicating how vehicle speed impacts pedestrian fatalities

POSTER: Rapid Flash Beacons

Full-color poster about how to use and respond to Rapid Flash Beacons as a pedestrian and/or as a driver

TRAINING: Pedestrian Safety 101 Training Module

Interested in teaching pedestrian safety to others? Use this Power Point presentation to share information about Oregon laws, pedestrian safety tips, and more to make our transportation system work better for everyone walking, rolling, and strolling.

TRAINING: Pedestrian Safety 101 Training Module Notes

Notes portion of the "Pedestrian Safety 101" training module.

VIDEO: "Beacon Buddies"

This 1.5 minute short film uses an animated character and his dog to illustrate how pedestrians should use pedestrain activated rapid flash bacons and how drivers should respond to pedestrian activated rapid flash beacons.

VIDEO: Portland Walks -- Be Safe!

Locally produced 18 minute film about pedestrian and driver safety in Portland

VIDEO: "Every Corner Is A Crosswalk"

This 3.5 minute short animated film graphically illustrates responsibilities that both drivers and pedestrian have to make our roadways safer for everyone.

YARD SIGN LENDER PROGRAM: I SHARE THE ROAD Pledge Form

The "I SHARE THE ROAD" Pledge program indicates our individual commitment for driving a neighborhood friendly speed

YARD SIGN LENDER PROGRAM: Yard Sign Lender Program Brochure

The "Yard Signs" are developed to remind drivers to share the road, look for kids, stop for pedestrians, pass bikes safely, and slow down