The City of Portland has some good news. Beginning in the mid-1980’s, total traffic
fatalities in the city began to trend downward. 2008 was the best year yet. In 2008, there
were a total of 20 traffic fatalities in the city – 15 motor vehicle occupants, 5 pedestrians,
and 0 bicyclists. This is the lowest number of total traffic fatalities of any year on record,
dating to 1925. The highest number of traffic fatalities was 89 in 1934. The second
highest was 84 traffic fatalities in 1972.
Some highlights from the data include:
- The lowest number of fatalities for motor vehicle occupants on record
- The lowest number of pedestrian fatalities on record – the highest was 52 pedestrian fatalities in 1934 and 1936
- The fifth year in the past decade with zero bicycle fatalities in the City of Portland
See also, Accident fatalities in 2008 lowest in Portland history, by Peter Korn, Portland Tribune, Publish Date: April 2nd, 2009.