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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Invest in Safety

Invest in Safety

Safety is the cornerstone of everything we do at PBOT. We are focused on the safety of those who travel on our streets and our own staff who work on them. We know that we cannot achieve higher objectives for equitable communities, vibrant neighborhoods and efficient mobility without first meeting the foundational requirement for safety and security.

Safety is cross-cutting. We deliver safety through the maintenance, design, and operation of our system, streets and facilities. We deploy smart strategies and intelligent technologies to help improve our system and protect all those who travel and work on it.

Safety is multi-dimensional. We improve safety when we provide facilities and networks that are legible, intuitive and predictable. We enhance safety through education and awareness, ensuring all street users respect and protect one another. We engineer streets conscious of the needs of the most vulnerable including older adults, children and persons with disabilities and we deliver complete streets that accommodate all. Enforcement is an important component of safety. Enforcement must be executed without bias, profiling or prejudice to ensure that the provision of safety for all does not jeopardize the security of anyone. With unwavering commitment and unrelenting attention, we will achieve our goal of zero transportation-related deaths or serious injuries on our city streets.

Measures of Success

  • Number of collisions: Total, bicycle-related, and pedestrian-related
  • Number of serious injuries: Total, bicycle-related, and pedestrian-related
  • Number of traffic fatalities: Total, bicycle-related, and pedestrian-related
  • National ranking for safety

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Crossing Designs

 

Action Topic 

 Action

 Lead Work Group

Create Complete Networks

Create a safe and connected centers plan for two East Portland centers, applying the "safe routes to places" methodology. 

Policy, Planning,
& Projects        

Create Complete Networks

Complete pedestrian master plan update.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Create Complete Networks

Complete PBOT ADA Transition Plan.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Create Complete Networks 

Identify pre-requisites for PBOT to accept jurisdiction and responsibility for state highways and transition to urban arterials.  Based on findings, prioritize list of transfers.  Work with ODOT and State Legislature to identify funding to upgrade facilities prior to transfer. 

Director

Create Complete Networks

Improve street design to support safe speeds in conjunction with posted speed reduction on four to six streets (not including SD.1 improvements) annually in the High Crash Network, prioritizing improvements in and engaging with Communities of Concern.

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Create Complete Networks

Secure a stable state-level transportation funding source dedicated to safety

Policy, Planning,
& Projects

Data Management

Include review of traffic crash data, equity data, and traffic safety performance at monthly Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division meetings.

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects

Data Management

Working with partners, improve timeliness of deadly and serious crash processing and reporting; include review of traffic crash data, equity data, and traffic safety performance as part of annual vision zero safety report.

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects 

Data Management

Streamline submittals of required data to ODOT for speed zone changes through the use of state of the art data management software.

Engineering 

Data Management

Deploy a multi-agency fatal rapid response team to all fatal crash locations to evaluate the site for safety enhancements. 

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects  

Education

Raise awareness of Vision Zero by deploying street teams to engage people walking, biking and taking transit. 

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects  

Education

Work with driver-for-hire services, transit providers, and bar owners to develop a targeted DUII program in Portland's entertainment district and other DUII hotspots.

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects  

Education

Conduct multi-component education campaigns to build public awareness and leverage Vision Zero actions. 

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects 

Education

Implement new ways to expand the reach of public education campaigns such as Get Home Safe, Leaf Day, construction season alerts, and ADA ramp awareness to educate the public about their responsibilities in the right-of-way.  

Communications 

Education

Include Vision Zero content in driver trainings for public agencies and contractors, and for private companies.

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects  

Education

Increase access and expand referrals to traffic schools and other forms of traffic safety education for all road users.

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects

Enforcement

Use a data-driven process to reorganize and expand both the red light safety camera program and the fixed safety speed camera (photo radar) program. 

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects

Enforcement

Gain local authority for speed reduction on City of Portland streets; prioritize setting safe speed limits in the High Crash Network.

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects 

Enforcement

Pilot higher fees for temporary construction permitting violations as part of Get Portland Moving.

Development, Permitting, & Transit

Enforcement

Allow pre-payment for morning parking in specified districts (in combination with Action I.1) to encourage impaired drivers to leave their cars overnight without concern of getting a parking ticket or being towed.

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects  

Safe Routes to School

Develop a Safe Routes to School youth leadership program designed for middle and high school students to train them to promote safe transportation in their own school communities.

Policy, Planning, 
& Projects