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News Advisory: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for W Burnside at NW 20th Place on Wednesday, Dec. 26

Raising awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws

Vision Zero Portland logo

(Dec. 21, 2018) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the marked crossing on West Burnside Street at Northwest 20th Place from noon to 1:30 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. PBOT also reminds Portlanders to watch for people walking at all hours of the day or night and encourages people to think about how they plan to get home before they leave to attend a New Year’s Eve party or other holiday event. 

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked. People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

The crossing on West Burnside Street at NW 20th Place has marked crosswalks and signage but no signals or flashing beacons.  The intersection is scheduled to have a full traffic signal installed in the future and has an anticipated installation date of 2021.

This intersection is the 11th worst intersection for pedestrians on the Vision Zero High Crash Intersection List that examines intersections with the highest numbers of reported collisions for people walking and biking in the five‐year period from January 2012 through December 2016. 

Crash data from 2007 through 2016 indicate 14 crashes occurred at this intersection with 10 of the crashes involving people walking (7 moderate injuries, 3 minor injuries).

East and West Burnside is a high crash network street, where a total of 85 fatal and serious injury crashes occurred in 2007-16, the most recent 10-year period for which data are available.

People driving can do their part by having more patience, driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling, and being ready to stop as needed.

West Burnside at 20th Place

West Burnside at Northwest 20th Place. Image by Google.com

Education and enforcement actions such as the Dec. 26 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to achieve, Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. A PBOT staff member will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Wednesday’s action.

PBOT encourages everyone who use West Burnside Street when walking, biking and driving this holiday season to choose wisely when traveling after consuming alcohol and/or drugs.  PBOT is working with taxis, transportation network companies, Police and bar owners to offer reduced-cost rides home on targeted holidays with the goal of preventing people from driving under the influence. 

Safe Ride Home 2018

PBOT’s Safe Ride Home program is offering up to $20 savings on taxi rides with designated taxi services from 8 p.m., Dec. 31, 2018 to 8 a.m., Jan. 1, 2019 and $5 savings on rides with Lyft and Uber.  TriMet and Portland Streetcar are offering free rides on Dec. 31, 2018 at 8:00 p.m., until service ends.  For more information about the Safe Ride Home program see SafeRideHomePDX.com.

See more details and spread the word with our Facebook event page!

Safe Ride Home Uber Taxi

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for crossing streets in Oregon (in EnglishEspanol); and view the results of previous actions.

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.

For more information about Vision Zero, or to request a community briefing or enforcement action in your area, email VisionZero@portlandoregon.gov or call Matt Ferris-Smith, program specialist, at 503-823-5831.

News Blog: Moving to Portland in the new year? PBOT's here to help you find your way

(Dec. 27, 2018) Do you know someone moving to Portland in the new year? Make sure they know about the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) SmartTrips program, which helps Portlanders find their way around the city by walking, biking and taking transit to get where they want to go.

Entering its 15th year, SmartTrips is a PBOT program aimed at new movers with the goal of encouraging people to walk, bike or take transit either for their commute or for those shorter trips to take care of daily needs – such as a trip to the grocery store or neighborhood coffee shop. Getting more Portlanders to rethink how they use the automobile and consider the benefits of active transportation not only reduces some of the pressures on our transportation system, it can help lead to a healthier Portland as well.

With nearly 140,000 new households expected in our city in the next 25 years, growing traffic congestion and increased demands on our transportation system will continue to be a frustrating fact of life. While the region will continue to invest in a transportation system to help Portlanders get to where they need to go, it will take all of us working together to create a better Portland.

Portland was the first North American city to pilot the concept of using individualized marketing to get people to bike, walk, and take transit. Used extensively in the public health field, individualized social marketing is an approach that aims to change people’s behavior for the benefit of individuals and society as a whole. 

How does SmartTrips work? Using direct mail, recent Portland movers receive newsletters about transportation options and an invitation to order incentives, maps and information about walking, biking and transit options in their new neighborhood. Participants get to choose what information they find to be most useful to them.

Smart Trips order form


SmartTrips served nearly 50,000 new mover households in 2018, up from nearly 40,000 households in 2017. Ten percent of our new mover households chose to take up our offer and order customized packets of materials that PBOT delivers by bike right to their doorstep. Like the welcome wagon of old, bicycle delivery is both cost effective given the volume of orders, while also allowing our staff to interact with program participants in-person and provide a human touch. In 2018, PBOT staff members biked a combined total of approximately 4,300 miles to deliver more than 5,000 custom-packed orders. No wonder that they are experts in the best ways to navigate the city by bicycle.The 2018 SmartTrips order form for new movers in Portland.

Does SmartTrips work? Surveys show that our new mover participants specifically are taking active trips to work six percent more since moving to their new address and experiencing the program, and they are using active modes for neighborhood trips 18 percent more. Portland is one of a few cities that offer this service to new movers and do it almost year-round (February to December). Thanks to the generous support of Metro, we are looking forward to welcoming another batch of new movers to Portland in 2019 and showing them all the great ways to travel around our wonderful city.

SmartTrips delivery

Portland Bureau of Transportation staff deliver SmartTrips packages by bicycle to new movers in Portland from February through December. Photo by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Do you already walk, bike or take transit in Portland? Talk to your neighbors about what transportation options you love best, or consider becoming an Active Transportation Ambassador in 2019. If you have new neighbors, encourage them to order transportation materials at www.portlandsmarttrips.org.