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(Dec. 21, 2018) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the marked crossing on West Burnside Street at Northwest 20th Place from noon to 1:30 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. PBOT also reminds Portlanders to watch for people walking at all hours of the day or night and encourages people to think about how they plan to get home before they leave to attend a New Year’s Eve party or other holiday event.
Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked. People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.
The crossing on West Burnside Street at NW 20th Place has marked crosswalks and signage but no signals or flashing beacons. The intersection is scheduled to have a full traffic signal installed in the future and has an anticipated installation date of 2021.
This intersection is the 11th worst intersection for pedestrians on the Vision Zero High Crash Intersection List that examines intersections with the highest numbers of reported collisions for people walking and biking in the five‐year period from January 2012 through December 2016.
Crash data from 2007 through 2016 indicate 14 crashes occurred at this intersection with 10 of the crashes involving people walking (7 moderate injuries, 3 minor injuries).
East and West Burnside is a high crash network street, where a total of 85 fatal and serious injury crashes occurred in 2007-16, the most recent 10-year period for which data are available.
People driving can do their part by having more patience, driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling, and being ready to stop as needed.
Education and enforcement actions such as the Dec. 26 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to achieve, Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. A PBOT staff member will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Wednesday’s action.
PBOT encourages everyone who use West Burnside Street when walking, biking and driving this holiday season to choose wisely when traveling after consuming alcohol and/or drugs. PBOT is working with taxis, transportation network companies, Police and bar owners to offer reduced-cost rides home on targeted holidays with the goal of preventing people from driving under the influence.
PBOT’s Safe Ride Home program is offering up to $20 savings on taxi rides with designated taxi services from 8 p.m., Dec. 31, 2018 to 8 a.m., Jan. 1, 2019 and $5 savings on rides with Lyft and Uber. TriMet and Portland Streetcar are offering free rides on Dec. 31, 2018 at 8:00 p.m., until service ends. For more information about the Safe Ride Home program see SafeRideHomePDX.com.
Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.
Portland is committed to ending traffic violence in our communities. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets.
For more information about Vision Zero, or to request a community briefing or enforcement action in your area, email VisionZero@portlandoregon.gov or call Matt Ferris-Smith, program specialist, at 503-823-5831.