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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Vision Zero Action Plan and Equity

View the Vision Zero Action Plan

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Portland is committed to ending traffic violence in our communities. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets by 2025.This Vision Zero Action Plan places a strong emphasis on equity and supports Portland’s Citywide Racial Equity Goals.

Vision Zero’s guiding principles and actions prioritize infrastructure investment on our most dangerous streets in traditionally underinvested communities.  The enforcement actions in this plan are limited in order to reduce the possibility of racial profiling and disparate economic impacts. Equity in Vision Zero includes:

1.Who is sitting at the table matters

2.Be specific about what “equitable” means

3.Be data-driven and ensure that equity data is significantly embedded in the decision-making process

4.Building an inclusive, equitable plan matters more than any one particular action; and

5.Equity work is ongoing

Equity data includes demographics, risk factors, traffic enforcement data, and infrastructure gaps and will be used in communities of concern.

Actions to not be included in Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan:

•Increased penalties or fines, or

•Increased enforcement by police officers

A series of safety projects have been constructed on the high crash network. List of projects can be found on this map:

Read more about the Vision Zero Task Force!

This Vision Zero Action Plan is the result of collaboration and partnership. A 26-member Task Force, convened by City Commissioner Steve Novick and representing a diversity of agency and community stakeholders, led the year-long Vision Zero action planning process. The group met six times and oversaw the content of this plan. 

In addition, the Vision Zero Executive Committee, made up of state, regional, and local elected officials and agency heads, kicked off Vision Zero and committed resources to the project. A Technical Advisory Committee provided input on data, design, analysis, and outreach.

Finally, the voices of Portlanders are woven into this plan. They shared stories of tragedy and called for change. The Vision Zero Action Plan is an answer to that call.

The Vision Zero Task Force, will oversee implementation of this action plan. The group will convene quarterly to review actions and progress, advise on implementation, track equity impacts, and oversee annual performance measure reporting.

Walk and Talk

PBOT collaborates very closely with APANO on various aspects of the Vision Zero Plan. After two pedestrian fatalities on SE Division in December of 2016, where both fatalities were members of the Asian Pacific Islander community, PBOT wanted to do more.

In March 2017, PBOT partnered with APANO and the Portland Chinese Times to conduct a pedestrian/driver safety “Walk and Talk” training for approximately 150 Cantonese speaking community members in the Jade District (SE 82nd and SE Division area).  

The training included a classroom style presentation followed by a short walk along a busy roadway that included several pedestrian and driver safety elements and areas of concern.  The intent of the “walk” portion of the program was to reinforce information presented in the training.   The route included crossing at the traffic signal at SE 82/SE Division St, passing a commercial driveway with a significant amount of in and out vehicle traffic on SE 82 Ave, crossing at the recently installed rapid flash beacon/pedestrian median island at 82nd Ave, and crossing back again at the traffic signal at SE 82/SE Division St.  The group ended up back at the classroom to discuss their experience and share their personal transportation safety related stories.     

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