One death on our city streets is too many.
Portland families deserve safe streets on which to walk, bike, operate mobility devices, access transit, and drive. PBOT aims to make our transportation system the safest possible and to move toward zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries in the next 10 years.
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Although Portland’s traffic fatality rate is among the lowest of the 50 biggest cities, the number of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists killed on our roadways each year has remained flat over the past 20 years. During that time period, an average of 37 Portlanders died in traffic collisions annually, including 11 pedestrians, 2 bicyclists, and 24 motorists each year.
To achieve zero deaths or serious injuries, we will develop and implement a multi-faceted approach.
We will design a system that is safe and easy to navigate for all ages and physical abilities that moves us toward achieving zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, while providing safe and affordable transportation options and multiple opportunities for daily physical activity.
We do this by:
- Providing Streets for Everyone: We want streets where all Portlanders, from the oldest to the youngest, and including all physical abilities, can move safely. This means we need a complete, connected, and comfortable system. Achieving such a system requires that every street project be designed to achieve zero deaths and serious injuries. Projects should be designed such that if a collision occurs it will not be fatal or serious, or alternatively a project should eliminate modal conflicts between users. Projects that reduce speeds, “tame” arterial streets, and provide frequent and convenient protected pedestrian crossings will be prioritized.
- Protecting the Most Vulnerable: As Portlanders, we value equity and diversity. We want a multi-generational city where people can live full and healthy lives from birth through old age, regardless of skin color, language, physical ability, income, or geography. Our youngest and oldest residents, those with mobility limitations, sensory impairments, or limited language proficiencies require special consideration and special accommodation.
- Teaching Portlanders to Live and Travel Together: Education and awareness is critical for individuals to contribute to keeping themselves (and others) safe. We need to educate travelers of all modes to enable them to operate safely, comfortably, and respectfully together. A safe multimodal transportation system requires a social compact in which all modes agree to follow the rules with patience and tolerance.
Enforcing Safe Behavior on Our Streets: While we wish enhanced design and education alone would ensure a safe system, we know enforcement too plays a significant role in encouraging good traveler behavior. Enforcement is a necessary tool to encourage compliance and remind us that these rules are not optional, but mandatory and very necessary. An effective enforcement initiative will include PBOT and Portland Police developing shared safety objectives and implementation strategies, as well as achieving legislative authority to use automated enforcement. Working with our partners, we can expand monitoring programs and enforcement activities.