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Safety Action Plan for Outer SE Division Street

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Elizabeth Mahon, PBOT Project Manager

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Open house on June 29

Join the Portland Bureau of Transportation to discuss initial concepts to make outer SE Division Street (SE 82nd Avenue to Portland city limits) safer for everyone who uses the street. TriMet staff will also provide updates on the Division Transit Project

Thursday, June 29
5-7:30 p.m. (drop-in, dinner provided)
PCC Southeast - Community Hall Annex
2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216
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Outer Division needs help

Working closely with the community, the City of Portland is making outer SE Division Street (82nd to the city limit) safer for everyone who uses the street. This project is part of Portland’s Vision Zero strategy to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025.

There were 13 people killed and 117 people seriously injured on outer Division Street in the latest 10-year period for which crash data is available—among the most of any Portland street.

Since 2009, the City of Portland has been working with the community on outer Division Street to develop projects that improve safety, including sidewalks, safer crossings and bike lanes. Safety for people walking is a special focus because outer Division is one of Portland’s most deadly streets for walking.

Safety action plan uses proven safety measures

The City of Portland has a responsibility to design streets that help keep people safe, even when people make poor decisions or mistakes.

This plan uses tools proven to prevent crashes and save lives:

  • Stop lights at crosswalks, 69 percent crash reduction
    FHWA (2013), Toolbox of countermeasures and their potential effectiveness for pedestrian crashes, pedestrian hybrid beacons
  • Safer speed limit (35 to 30 mph), 35 percent reduced risk of death
    AAA (2011), Impact speed and a pedestrian’s risk of severe injury or death
  • Raised median, 47 percent crash reduction
    Portland Bureau of Transportation crash data (2017)
  • Speed safety cameras, 49 percent crash reduction
    Cochrane (2010), Do speed cameras reduce road traffic crashes, injuries and deaths?
  • Buffered bike lanes (protected from auto travel lane), 11 percent crash reduction
    Oregon Department of Transportation, All Roads Transportation System Program

Image is for illustrative purposes only; the location and design of specific street safety elements may change. PBOT is paying for these changes in part through Fixing Our Streets, the gas tax increase that Portland voters approved in 2016. Other sources include federal funding and state gas taxes.

PBOT thanks the community for their leadership in identifying needed safety changes on outer Division Street. Special thanks to the Jade District, the Division Midway Alliance, the East Portland Land Use and Transportation Committee, and others who contributed to the East Portland Action Plan and East Portland In Motion, planning efforts that began in 2009.

Tradeoffs: Vehicle parking, driveways, and turns

Making outer Division Street safe means making tradeoffs:

  • Safety improvements may require removing parking on both sides of the street. Instead of parking cars on Division Street, people may need to park
  • cars on side streets or private property.
  • People may need to use a different driveway when driving to or from a location directly on Division Street.
  • People driving may need to turn off or onto Division at different locations, because a center median will help people turn at the safest spots. 

PBOT will work through these tradeoffs with the community through 2017.

Safety Action Plan timeline

The City of Portland is installing safety projects through 2021 on SE Division Street from 82nd Ave. to the city limit. This work supports Portland's Vision Zero Action Plan, which aims to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets by 2025. PBOT will continue talking with community members through 2017 to finalize design details for the safety projects.

In addition, a separate but complimentary project managed by TriMet will construct street safety improvements in 2019-21 to support a new rapid bus line. View more information about the Division Transit Project at

Outer Division Street safety projects
City projects
(see map above for locations)

  2017 completion 2018 2019-21 2021
Speed safety cameras      
Speed reader boards      
Speed limit reduction to 30 mph      
Safer signal timing      
Sidewalk infill (all gaps filled)      
Additional lighting, particularly at crosswalks
More rapid flashing beacons with medians and signage      
Pedestrian hybrid beacons with medians and signage  
Protected bike lanes (temporary, with flexible posts)*      
Protected bike lanes (permanent, with hardscaping)*      
Safety education and outreach      
Raised center median for access management*    
Shorter crossing distances at crosswalks      
Enhanced bus stations with shelters, accessible ramps, sidewalks, safer pedestrian crossings      
Transit signal priority for buses        
Bigger buses with multiple-door boarding      

*Still in design phase, and can change based on public feedback

Traffic safety outreach and education on outer SE Division Street (PDF)

PBOT recognizes that safety improvements work best as a package that includes engineering, equity, education, and enforcement.

In addition to fast-tracking engineering safety projects on outer SE Division Street—described separately above—PBOT is conducting multicultural outreach and education throughout 2017. This outreach supports Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan and upholds PBOT and the City of Portland’s commitment to racial equity.

July to December 2017

  • Help community members become transportation safety trainers in their native language
  • Distribute safety materials at specific intersections, crossings, and/or parking lots
  • Conduct pop-up events at transit stops
    Two to three, including Nov. 2017 "Be Seen. Be Safe." event
  • Host a Vision Zero table at community events
    July 30, Boyles Park
    Aug. 1, Mill Park
    Aug. 12, Jade Night Market
    Aug. 19, Jade Night Market
    September, Division Midway International Market
  • Distribute Vision Zero SLOW DOWN yard signs and/or create new language specific signs
  • In collaboration with community members, develop public art that incorporates traffic safety messages and contributes to local placemaking efforts along outer SE Division Street