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News Release: Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick underscore their support for Vision Zero as Portlanders unite for safer streets for all

(June 2, 2015) Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick underscored their support on Tuesday for Vision Zero, the goal of providing a safe, multimodal transportation system where no one is killed on our streets.

In light of recent crashes in Portland, Hales committed a citywide effort, including the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue, to improve safety for all Portlanders, whether they are biking, walking or driving.

“It has been difficult to witness the death and injuries that occurred on our streets over the past several weeks,” Mayor Hales said. “My thoughts go out to the families and friends of those impacted, and the survivors of those crashes. No person should have to go through the traumatic experience of a serious crash, as Alistair Corkett suffered last month.”

The announcement came at a news conference immediately following an afternoon meeting at City Hall with stakeholders, fire and police officials and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick called for the public’s help in reducing crashes.

“We are busy people and we all rush through our days – I get that, I am busy too.  But no meeting, no appointment, no event is worth a life,” Mayor Hales said. “That person next to you in a car, or on a bike, or crossing the street, is someone’s sister, mother, aunt or neighbor. Let’s take care of each other.  Let’s look every direction before making a turn. A simple act – looking before you turn – could save a life.”

In 2014, there were 28 deaths in Portland due to traffic crashes and there have been 10 so far this year.

“We lost 28 of our own last year,” said Commissioner Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “As the Mayor said, these deaths are tragic and they are preventable.”

Many fatal crashes happen on just 10 streets, which PBOT has designated as High Crash Corridors. Though they represent only 3 percent of the roads in Portland, they account for 51 percent of all pedestrian fatalities.

“These streets often run through the main thoroughfares in low-income communities,” Novick said. “People in low-income neighborhoods are 2.3 times more likely to be struck and killed while walking than the average person. We must embrace Vision Zero to make Portland a more equitable place.”

Novick thanked the Mayor for including $4 million in safety improvements for 122nd Avenue, one of the High Crash Corridors, in the proposed budget that was approved by Council last week. TriMet has said that because these safety improvements improve access to transit, they make it much more likely that TriMet will upgrade to frequent bus service on 122nd Avenue, which has long been a community priority.

Transportation Director Leah Treat said PBOT is committed to Vision Zero and the Bureau has numerous new pedestrian crossing beacons and other safety improvements scheduled to be installed in the coming months.

“It’s been over a year since I took this job and I announced my commitment to Vision Zero – the concept that deaths are not inevitable,” Treat said. “Traffic deaths have huge health and economic costs to our society. I am tremendously proud of the work that we have accomplished to date in working towards Vision Zero. But we can do more. We can do it better. I have laid out a path forward, articulated in PBOT’s 2-Year Workplan, called Portland Progress.”

The City has introduced House Bill 2621 in the state Legislature that would allow Portland to place safety cameras on High Crash Corridors, a proven way of reducing fatal crashes. In addition, Treat recently made a formal request to the Oregon Speed Zone Control Board seeking to expedite the process for setting speeds on city streets, taking into account how and when pedestrians and cyclists use the road. While that request is pending, the City recently successfully reduced speeds on SE Division and Burnside, two high crash corridors.

“We are working with our partners at ODOT to invest federal dollars in places where the worst crashes occur,” Treat said. “More is on the horizon. We’re going to follow the data. We are going to experiment and find out what works. And where we see problem areas, that’s where we’re going to apply safety tools most intensely, and keep driving down these numbers, and keep saving peoples’ lives.”

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News Advisory: Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, Director Treat meet with media to discuss transportation safety in light of recent crashes

(June 2, 2015) Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will hold a news conference today to discuss the City’s efforts to prioritize safety for all transportation modes in a multimodal environment. The news conference comes immediately following an afternoon meeting at City Hall with stakeholders and officials with the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue. A representative of the Oregon Department of Transportation will also be available.

WHO:  Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, Transportation Director Leah Treat

WHAT:  News conference to update news media and public on transportation safety discussion

WHEN:   4 p.m. Tuesday June 2, 2015

WHERE:  North Atrium, First Floor, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave.

WHY:  Mayor, Commissioner and Transportation Director are working with the community and public safety agencies on how we can increase public awareness and increase safety for all Portlanders, whether they bike, walk or drive.

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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on Swan Island’s N Channel Ave this weekend

(May 28, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on Swan Island’s N Channel Avenue from Dolphin St to Anchor Street, as well as N Ballast Street and N Commerce Street this weekend. The lane closures are in effect Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave 1.76 lane miles. Access will be maintained for businesses during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobilitywww.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SE Ladd Avenue to close some lanes from SE Division Street to SE Hawthorne Blvd June 1-9

UPDATE (May 29, 2015) -  Work crews will begin this project on SE Division and Ladd Avenue and will plan on rolling lane closures as crews progress towards Hawthorne during the course of this project. On Monday, only a few blocks of Ladd near Division will be affected. The rest of the street will be open for all travelers.

UPDATE (May 28, 2015) - We know this temporary detour is going be an inconvenience and appreciate your patience. We will have “bikes on roadway” signs on the 11th and 20th detours. Bikes will only need to use these alternate routes for outbound travel during work hours. Inbound travel on Ladd Ave will be open during paving work hours.

These repairs will improve SE Ladd for ALL USERS, making it a smoother bike ride. Ladd Avenue is being repaved now because the pavement has begun to degrade and will be a much more expensive fix if we wait any longer.

Click here for more information on how Portland prioritizes street repairs.

Click here to read the “Preserve and Operate” chapter in Portland Progress: PBOT’s 2-year workplan.


 

(May 28, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Ladd Avenue from SE Division Street to SE Hawthorne Boulevard from Monday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 9, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave 1.78 lane miles of SE Ladd Avenue. The planned street improvements include repaving Ladd Circle.

During work hours, SE Ladd Avenue will be open only in one direction, to inbound travel. People traveling towards downtown by bus, motor vehicle and bicycle will be able to share the road during those hours.

For outbound travel, alternate routes will be available.  Buses and motor vehicles will be detoured to SE 11th or 20th avenues.  People traveling by bicycle may use those alternate routes or neighborhood streets.

During non-work hours, the street will be open to all travelers. Portions of the road will have a rough surface until paving is complete.  Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Traffic Advisory: Spring paving to close lanes on N Denver Avenue from May 26-June 2

(May 22, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Denver Avenue from N Rosa Parks Way to N Buffalo Street from Tuesday, May 26 to Tuesday June 2 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface and pave 1.53 lane miles.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation