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News Release: Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick say recent traffic fatalities underscore urgency of Vision Zero, safety improvements

(March 21, 2016) - After three traffic crashes killed two people and seriously injured one more this past weekend, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick today reiterated the City of Portland’s commitment to ending traffic fatalities and urged the public to take steps to reduce crashes.

vision zero logoIncluding this weekend’s crashes, Portland has had eight fatalities in traffic crashes this year. Each of these fatalities is a major tragedy for families in our community and include three people walking, three in motor vehicles, one on bicycle and one on motorcycle. In fatal crashes on SE Center Street and NE Cully Boulevard, Portland Police arrested two drivers on several charges including Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, a contributing factor that concerns city leaders.

“Our community is committed to achieving Vision Zero by eliminating deaths and serious injuries on our streets,” said Mayor Hales, who oversees the Portland Police Bureau. “More than half of Portland’s traffic fatalities involve DUII. This weekend's tragedies remind us why no one should drive under the influence, and all Portlanders should follow the rules of the road, including speed limits. These personal choices directly affect neighbors and families. Make the right choice. Don't drink and drive.”

The City of Portland has committed to Vision Zero, adopting the goal of ending traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The Vision Zero approach says that all traffic crashes are preventable with the right combination of efforts to address engineering, education, traffic enforcement and public engagement.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and communities affected by the crashes over the weekend,” said Commissioner Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Any time we have a fatal or serious injury crash, it has a terrible impact on families, friends and the broader community. People may feel less safe and less comfortable traveling in their neighborhoods when they hear of these preventable tragedies. This City Council has made historic investments in traffic safety, including millions of dollars for sidewalks and safer crossings on 122nd Avenue that will enable to significantly improved transit service in the area. But clearly we need to do more, and I remain firmly committed to improving transportation safety, especially in areas such as East Portland, where historically underserved communities brave some of our city’s most dangerous roadways. ”

Three weekend crashes raised renewed concern:

  • On Friday, a 35-year old woman was walking across NE Glisan Street at 117th Avenue when she was struck by a an eastbound car. The driver of the vehicle has been cooperating with investigators.
  • On Saturday, a 17-year-old boy was killed while riding a bicycle at SE Center Street and 142nd Avenue. The driver of a Dodge Dakota pickup that struck him is being held on DUII and other charges. 
  • On Saturday, a 58-year-old man was killed while crossing NE Cully Boulevard at NE Mason Street. The driver of a 2012 Honda Insight that struck him is being held on DUII and other charges.

 

In 2015, Portland had 37 traffic fatalities, including 20 people in cars and trucks, five on motorcycles, two on bicycles, and 10 people walking. Portland Bureau of Transportation found that 54 percent of fatal crashes that year included at least one person who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the 2015 Portland Traffic Safety Report.

Since the City Council adopted Vision Zero, PBOT has been adding safety improvements to City streets and working with other local agencies to find better data that can improve our understanding of the underlying causes of traffic crashes. In recent years, PBOT has installed more than 20 rapid flashing beacons at crosswalks in East Portland, installed 14 more since last summer, and has plans for 15 additional beacons in the coming year. The bureau is building sidewalks and other improvements on High Crash Corridors such as 122nd Avenue and East Burnside Street.

Portland Bureau of Transportation is working with the Portland Police Bureau and Vision Zero Task Force with diverse areas of expertise, including law enforcement, education, public health and emergency response.

Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero at www.visionzeroportland.com. It includes the Vision Zero crash map, an interactive map that displays 10 years of injury and fatality data for people walking, biking and driving. It also includes the Vision Zero Pledge, a way every Portlander can commit to traveling more safely and show support for the global campaign to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

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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

 

News Blog: Working for community and safety on the "Avenue of Roses"

By Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Duncan Hwang APANO

As a child of immigrants, Duncan Hwang grew up in Chinese restaurants in rural Michigan. He moved to Portland in 2004 to attend Lewis & Clark Law School. After graduating in 2007, Duncan worked throughout Asia in corporate law, but decided to return to his roots in community organizing and advocacy upon returning stateside. Duncan found a job at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) on Idealist.org and now serves as the Associate Director, living and working in the East Portland neighborhoods he hopes to serve.  At APANO, Duncan has the privilege to advocate for the health, safety, and well-being of Portland's communities of concern. He is also a member of the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Task Force.

APANO is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. APANO uses its collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with the communities they serve. A large portion of APANO’s priority communities reside very close to their headquarters along SE 82nd Avenue, but the organization works statewide to address disparities in health, education, and economic outcomes for their communities. 

Called the “Avenue of Roses”, 82nd Avenue is designated by PBOT as a High Crash Corridor and it is designated by the Oregon Department of Transportation as State Highway 213. A major north/south connector route, the 82nd Avenue of Roses serves Portland’s busiest transit line and has a large pedestrian population utilizing the corridor. A sizeable portion of the corridor’s residents and businesses speak English as a second language. As the Vision Zero Task Force continues to examine methods for reducing serious injuries and fatalities in Portland, High Crash Corridors like 82nd Avenue are a major focus. 

SE 82nd and FosterPortlanders crossing SE 82nd Avenue at Foster Road. Photo by Felicity J. Mackay, PBOT

Twenty-five corridors make up Portland’s High Crash Network, streets with the highest number of people dying and being seriously injured.  The High Crash Network makes up only 7% of the road network, but accounts for 47% of people dying (Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles crash data, 2004-2013). From 2004 to 2013, ten people died in traffic crashes on 82nd Avenue, seven were people walking and one person was bicycling. In 2014, the intersection of SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street was the 7th highest crash location in Portland with a total of 124 crashes from 2011 to 2014. 

Learn more about the corner of SE 82nd and Division by watching this video by Oregon Metro: “On the Corner of Change: 82nd and Division”

Says Duncan, "SE 82nd is the most dangerous corridor in the City's pedestrian high crash network. With many Asian Pacific Islanders and other communities of concern now living along 82nd and other high crash corridors in East Portland, pedestrian safety and walkability has risen to the top of our concerns.”

APANO's community development program focuses on SE Portland, particularly the Jade District and Lents neighborhoods. They manage the Jade District Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative for the City of Portland, which is literally boxed in by high crash corridors: SE Division, SE Powell and SE 82nd Ave. During an extensive community visioning process and design charette done in five languages, the overarching community concern was walkability and safety.

“Our neighborhoods are facing a public health crisis in the form of unsafe and incomplete streets, with preventable injuries and deaths unnecessarily tearing apart our families. Many of our community members have been impacted by dangerous streets and Vision Zero is an initiative APANO has high hopes for.” Says Duncan, “Getting to Vision Zero is a major equity priority that we're excited the City is taking so seriously."

vision zero logoThe City of Portland Vision Zero Task Force is charged with providing direction on the Portland Vision Zero Action Plan, including developing the vision, goals, policies, actions, and performance measures to get to zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. In addition, Task Force members act as liaisons to the organizations and agencies they represent and will be ongoing champions for implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan. Working together we will save lives.

Learn more about Vision Zero by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com.

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Traffic Advisory: Rally for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders expected to cause traffic delays, congestion in Rose Quarter area

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Rally for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders expected to cause

traffic delays, congestion in Rose Quarter area

PBOT encourages event-goers to walk, bike or take transit to Moda Center

(March 24, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that a rally for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is expected to draw large crowds to the Rose Quarter area tomorrow, Friday, March 25, and may impact the morning commute. People not attending the event should consider avoiding the area from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m.

PBOT encourages people attending the event to walk, bike or take transit to the Rose Quarter. Delays and congestion of for vehicle traffic and public transit are expected.

TriMet has advised the public to expect crowded buses and trains and possible delays in the Rose Quarter area from about 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information on impacts to TriMet service, check trimet.org/alerts.

The traveling public is advised that the Broadway Bridge remains closed to motor vehicles until Monday, April 11. The north sidewalk of the bridge is open for people walking and biking.

Doors will open at the Moda Center at 9:45 a.m. and the event is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. Additional bike parking will be made available by the Rose Quarter for attendees. For additional information on the event see the Rose Quarter’s website: www.rosequarter.com

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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: Rockslide fence installation requires lane closures on NW Cornell Road today and Thursday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(March 30, 2016) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that installation of a slide protection fence above an existing retaining wall on NW Cornell Road will require one lane to be closed today and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The work will occur between the tunnels on NW Cornell Road, east of the Audubon Society of Portland, 5151 NW Cornell Road. Flaggers will direct eastbound and westbound travelers to alternate using a single lane.

People driving cars should expect delays or use alternative routes.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers.

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

 

April's walking holidays encourage healthy habits

The sun is out, April is just around the corner, and with it comes plenty of excuses to get out and walk!

(March 31, 2016) Lace up your walking shoes and celebrate National Walk to Work Day on Friday, April 1. Walk to Work Day is an unofficial holiday observed on the first Friday of April. Years of medical research has shown that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep your body in shape. If you are unable to walk the whole way to work, take public transportation instead and then walk from the bus or train stop to your workplace.walkers at union station

April 6 brings National Walking Day! National Walking Day is observed on the first Wednesday of the month and is a call-to-action for everyone to adopt healthy habits for an active lifestyle. Join coworkers, classmates, family, and friends – even the four legged kind – in taking the first step to becoming more active and pledge to take a walk toward better health.

And finally, National Walk@Lunch Day happens on Wednesday, April 27. Invite your coworkers or classmates to join you for a walk at lunch and help encourage a new daily walking routine that will improve your health step by step.

We encourage you to find ways to replace just a few driving trips per week with a walking trip. Walking is one of the easiest, most effective activities you can do to improve your health. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of walking a day – and it doesn’t all have to be at once. By walking to your neighborhood grocery store, coffee shop, school, park, bus stop, or even a friend’s house, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle, a healthier community and a healthier you!

If you’d like some inspiration for your next walk, check out PBOT’s series of Neighborhood Bike/Walk Maps. You’ll find public art, local parks, heritage trees and other attractions listed – plus every school and library in your area, grocery stores and water fountains, and even all the bus stops. And beginning in May, hop aboard the Ten Toe Express, which are our series of guided walks that show off great Portland neighborhoods at a comfortable pace.