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Portland’s most dangerous streets cut across the city and touch every quadrant. The streets with the highest concentration of pedestrian, bicycle, and motor vehicle crashes form Portland’s High Crash Network.
While crashes happen city-wide, the most dangerous intersections and many of the most dangerous segments of the High Crash Network are in neighborhoods where people of color and low-income Portlanders live. Many children and older adults live here, and people depend more on transit.
The maps below reveal the most dangerous streets in Portland by mode—motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle—overlaid on low-income communities and communities of color in gray. Together these streets and intersections make up the High Crash Network, below:
The High Crash Network includes Portland’s most dangerous streets and intersections for people driving, walking, and bicycling.
On the motor vehicle high crash network, orange lines show the 20 streets with the highest number of deaths and serious injuries for motor vehicle occupants in Portland between 2004 and 2013. The most dangerous streets are listed from the top, with orange bars indicating deaths and dark grey bars showing serious injuries.
The pedestrian and bicycle high crash networks show the top 20 most dangerous streets for people walking and bicycling in orange. Unlike the motor vehicle high crash network, they contain all crash severities including serious, moderate, and minor injuries as well as deaths. This helps to paint a fuller picture of crashes involving the most vulnerable roadway users.
The High Crash Network layers the motor vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle maps on top of one another. Many streets show up on two or three maps; the overlap results in 30 total streets making up Portland’s High Crash Network shown in the map at the top of this page.
The High Crash Network also includes the top 30 high crash intersections, bringing focus to the most dangerous points along the High Crash Network. The intersections are an aggregate of crashes by all modes, normalized for the number of cars passing through each intersection.