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(June 16, 2015) The City of Portland is poised to make major strides in implementing a Vision Zero transportation safety goal this week, including City Council policy actions, potential new speed control authority and a new driver safety pledge intended to help all Portlanders travel more safely.
Mayor Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick will announce on Wednesday that they have taken a Vision Zero pledge to support the global campaign to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries. They are calling on their Council colleagues to join them in adopting Vision Zero for the entire City government and in so doing are encouraging all City employees to sign on to contribute to a safer, healthier Portland.
“I am very pleased that the City Council will consider several important steps that will lead our actions on Vision Zero and reinforce recent investments that will make our multimodal transportation system safer for everyone,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “This will further enhance the safety work we have under way across the City, including the actions I laid out in Portland Progress, PBOT’s two-year action plan.”
The Portland City Council on Wednesday will consider a resolution endorsing Vision Zero as the City’s policy and direct PBOT to form a committee to advise on Vision Zero with diverse areas of expertise, including law enforcement, education, public health and emergency response.
City Council will also consider accepting a $150,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to develop the Vision Zero Transportation Safety Action Plan. The plan will undertake a one-year effort, informed by traffic crash data, to generate specific policy recommendations and actions to reach Vision Zero by 2025. Both items are scheduled for 10:45 a.m. at the Council meeting.
Recent and upcoming actions to improve transportation safety and implement Vision Zero include:
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