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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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Objective 1: Make Portland’s High Crash Network safer, especially for pedestrians and people biking

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Pedestrians and bicyclists are the most vulnerable people on our roads. To better protect them, we will focus investments on our dangerous High Crash Network as well as pedestrian-priority streets.

Strategic Initiatives

Speed up delivery of small-scale safety improvements that help complete our multimodal networks.

  • Gain community support and improve our ability to deliver large-scale, transformational safety projects and “complete street” projects on arterial and collector streets. 
  • Assess the impact of new development differently, identifying the public and private funding needed to fill gaps in our crosswalk infrastructure.
  • Implement new development impact standards that increase what is allowed and encouraged on the part of developers, residents, and property owners to increase the rate at which we build and maintain safety infrastructure. 
  • Improve street lighting conditions to increase the visibility of pedestrians on Portland streets.
  • Expand campaigns that educate the public about pedestrian and bicycle safety.
  • Identify and fund improvements to signal timing at key intersections in order to allow more time and separation between people crossing and vehicles turning. >
  • Influence adoption of statewide policy supporting safer speeds and design, and implement these on streets throughout the city.

Indicators and Sample Measures

  1. Crash Risk 
    a. Fatalities and serious injuries  
    b. Pedestrian and bicycle crashes 

  2. Connectivity  
    a. Percent of sidewalk coverage in pedestrian districts 
    b. Percent of network that meets crosswalk spacing guidelines 
    c. Percent of investment in historically underserved communities

  3. Infrastructure Safety
    a. Percentage of network that meets lighting guidelines 
    b. Number of safety improvements to signals
    c. Number of safe crossings installed or improved