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Vision Zero Action Plan


No person should die or be incapacitated in the everyday act of moving about. But each year dozens of Portlanders lose their lives doing just that. In 2015, Portland made a commitment to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets. The 2016 Vision Zero Action Plan mapped out actions to make that commitment a reality.

Two and a half years later, we have seen progress. In 2018 traffic deaths were the lowest in four years, down nearly 25% from the previous year.

But one year is not a trend, and 34 traffic deaths are 34 too many.

As we take stock of where we stand today, Portland is looking hard at our Vision Zero efforts over the past two years. What has worked best? What trends are we seeing? And where should we focus limited city resources to achieve the greatest impact moving forward?

This report describes lessons learned during Portland’s first two years as a Vision Zero city and sets the stage for the next phase of work. Excerpts from the report are below.

Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan set out specific, measurable actions to move toward zero traffic deaths or serious injuries on Portland streets. Progress reporting on individual actions can be found online.

In this report, we highlight progress and challenges in the two years since the Action Plan was adopted—and outline a set of strategies to address those lessons learned.

Objective: Change signal timing and operations to make it safer to cross the street.

  • Install leading pedestrian intervals (LPIs) at new or upgraded traffic signals on High Crash Network streets to give pedestrians a head start and make them more visible. Retrofit at least ten existing priority crossings each year.
  • Install protected left turns at new or upgraded signals on at least three priority intersections on the High Crash Network each year.
  • Put “no right on red” restrictions in place at priority High Crash Network intersections.

Objective: Improve visibility at pedestrian crossings by removing parking and overgrown vegetation.

  • Include a pedestrian safety visibility review as part of all PBOT capital projects, paving projects, and development review.
  • Remove parking and vegetation as needed for safe crossings as part of capital and paving projects.
  • Remove parking at priority crosswalk approaches for uncontrolled crossings on at least three High Crash Network streets each year

Objective: Prioritize street lighting investment where the High Crash Network, pedestrian districts, low-income populations and communities of color overlap.

  • In 2019, add street lighting to SE Division Street, including pedestrian scale lighting at certain marked crossings.
  • In 2020, add street lighting to SE Stark Street, including pedestrian scale lighting at certain marked crossings.
  • By 2021, develop functional lighting layouts for wide High Crash Network streets in East Portland.
  • Develop a funding strategy to advance these lighting plans

Objective: Fill crossing gaps to reduce mid-block crashes.

Objective: Protect people from heavy truck injuries by installing side guards and other safety measures on City-owned and City-contracted trucks.

  • In 2019, retrofit eligible City heavy truck fleet with side guards.
  • In 2020, advance a policy requiring all City-owned and City-contracted trucks to have safety measures in place (side guards, mirrors, cameras and training).

Objective: Set safe speed limits

  • Consistently and aggressively reduce speeds on city-owned streets until safe speed limits are established citywide.
  • Gain local authority for setting speed limits on City of Portland streets

Objective: Redesign dangerous streets to encourage safe speeds

  • All new High Crash Network capital projects will include project components that help achieve safe speeds.

Objective: Educate Portlanders about the impact of speed

  • Re-run the citywide Struck speed campaign in 2019 and 2020 to remind people of the life-changing impact of crashes.
  • In 2019 and 2020, work with agency and community partners to create location-based, community-oriented safe speed campaigns that leverage Struck messaging

Objective: Enforce the speed limit

  • In 2020, add at least four speed safety cameras or dual red-light running / speed safety cameras to Portland streets.
  • Add to City’s legislative agenda a change in type of citation issued for automated enforcement tickets from moving violations to civil fines, which can reduce the burden of a citation while still supporting safe travel behaviors.

Objective: Transform wide, fast streets into streets that are safer for all modes.

Objective: Pilot rapid-response installations to slow left turns and prevent pedestrian crashes.

  • In 2019, pilot left turn calming treatments at 40 signalized intersections and evaluate their effectiveness in slowing speeds to reduce the number and severity of crashes.
  • In 2020, expand left turn calming treatments if evaluation shows they are effective.
  • In 2020, identify the next rapid-response treatment to systemically address pedestrian crashes

Objective: Evaluate deadly crash sites to identify rapid response opportunities.

  • After every fatal crash, evaluate crash factors, determine whether immediate safety improvements are needed, and identify whether a plan (and/or funding) is in place to address the site.
  • Where feasible, put swift, temporary traffic and operational changes in place.

Objective: Mark the locations of tragic deadly crashes and raise public awareness of the importance of driving safely.

  • After every deadly crash, PBOT will install prominent electronic Variable Message Signs (VMS) at the crash location on City streets.

Objective: Deploy community-based Street Teams to share safe travel tips and engage with people on Portland’s High Crash Network streets.

  • In coordination with community partners, conduct at least six Street Team events each year on the High Crash Network to educate Portlanders about safe travel.
  • Focus Street Team events in communities of color and low-income communities.

Objective: Improve driver stopping compliance for pedestrians at crosswalks.

  • In partnership with Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division, conduct monthly crosswalk education and enforcement actions with a focus on High Crash Network streets.

View full report


Portland Vision Zero 2-Year Update (2019)

Portland Vision Zero 2-Year Update (2019)

Vision Zero Action Plan (2016)

Vision Zero Action Plan (2016)