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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

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

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Vision Statement and Guiding Principles


Working together, we will take equitable and data-driven actions that will eliminate deaths and serious injuries for all who share Portland streets by 2025.



These principles will guide the actions and performance measures of the Vision Zero Action Plan:

The plan will be Equitable

  • It will address the disproportionate burden of traffic fatalities and serious injuries on communities of concern, including people of color, low-income households, older adults and youth, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, and households with limited vehicle access
  • It will prioritize filling gaps in infrastructure where those gaps contribute to serious injuries and fatalities, or suppress the transportation options of communities of concern
  • It will not result in racial profiling

Actions in the plan will be data-driven to address the factors that lead to serious injury and death on Portland’s roadways

  • Safety data will be gathered from both traditional and innovative sources to identify the location, behaviors, and circumstances—including roadway design—related to serious and fatal crashes
  • Equity data, including demographics, risk factors, traffic enforcement data and infrastructure gaps linked to crashes, will be used to ensure the plan prioritizes the needs of communities of concern 

 The plan will be accountable, setting out clear objectives and measuring performance against them

  • Progress will be communicated in annual reports and in an easily accessible dashboard
  • Engagement with communities will be an ongoing process
  • Success will be measured by the level of investment in communities of concern, equity outcomes and safety metrics