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Crosswalk enforcements help make Portland a safe place to walk


One of the things that makes Portland great is the number of choices we have for getting around.

Regardless of what mode you choose, almost all trips involve being a pedestrian for some of the journey. Creating safe and enjoyable places to walk is a combination of facilities (sidewalks), environment (street trees) and considerate and safe behavior by all road users.

Portlanders are known as a relatively friendly and polite bunch, but sometimes when we get behind the wheel we forget our manners (and more importantly, the law).

Every intersection is a crosswalk - even if it doesn't include painted lines or markings. And by law, at every intersection all road users must yeild to pedestrians. Here's a video on the rights and responsiblities of all road users at crosswalks.

In partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, PBOT undertakes crosswalk enforcement actions to educate road users and help maintain safe travel environment for pedestrians.

If you walk somewhere that you believe warrants an enforcement action, contact the Traffic Safety Hotline at 503-823-SAFE.

Want to learn more about making Portland streets safer for getting around? Come to the 6th Annual Transportation Safety Summit on Tuesday, March 13th at Jefferson High School at 5:30 p.m.


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