PBOT Vision Zero November 2021 Newsletter

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Vision Zero dashboard update details 2021 speed limit reductions on major streets citywide and more

Map detailing Portland streets with speed limit reductions

Map detailing Portland streets where speed limits have been reduced

The Vision Zero Dashboard was updated on October 11th with new data about speed limit reductions, fixed speed camera citations, and street design updates. Read more about how to use the dashboard and access it here.

Multnomah County to appeal speed limits on Burnside and Hawthorne bridges November 3

On November 3 at 1 p.m., ODOT's Speed Zone Review Panel will meet to review speed zoning on several locations, including two proposals from Multnomah County for streets in Portland.

  • Burnside Bridge and its approaches: current speed limit of 35 mph; proposed speed limit of 30 mph
  • Hawthorne Bridge, westbound SE Madison viaduct: current speed limit of 35 mph; proposed speed limit of 30 mph

These segments currently have speed limits inconsistent with adjacent segments and lower speed limits would support safer travel.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation supports Multnomah County's appeals and PBOT staff will be present at the meeting. The meeting is open to the public and testimony from the general public is welcomed (advance sign-up not required).

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PBOT accelerates safety improvements with quick-build investments

High Crash Intersection Sign

High Crash Intersection Warning signage at SE Holgate Blvd and SE 92nd Ave

In June, City Council approved Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty's budget amendment to fund quick-build safety improvements on Portland's High Crash Network. On October 28th, Commissioner Hardesty joined PBOT Director Chris Warner and community leaders to tour several of the safety investments along SE Holgate Blvd. 

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Safety improvements highlighted on SE Holgate Blvd during the tour included:

  • A new Pedestrian Head Start (also called Leading Pedestrian Interval) at SE 84th Ave to give pedestrians crossing Holgate a 6-second head start before the light turns green for drivers
  • Vision clearance at SE 87th and 89th avenues to help people see each other better
  • High Crash Intersection Warning signs at SE 92nd Avenue to alert drivers to slow down
  • Left turn calming  at SE 84th Ave to help drivers see and yield to people crossing the street when turning left

With the additional funding from Commissioner Hardesty's budget amendment, PBOT will continue to add these critical safety elements to Portland's High Crash Network. "When you take a little bit of resources and really invest them in communities that have lacked investments for decades, you can have a huge impact on people's feeling of safety and their ability to get around in our community," said Commissioner Hardesty at the news conference following the walking tour.

You can read local news coverage of the event at the sites below:

World Day of Remembrance is November 21

World Day of Remembrance 2021

World Day of Remembrance commemorates those lost to traffic violence. Read more about the national events planned for November 15-21 and how you can get involved.

On darker days, visibility is key

It's that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the trees are shedding their leaves, and the rain is back. It can be more difficult to see people walking and rolling while driving, so drive slowly, look out for people, and remember to look behind your a-frame to help keep people safe!  

Evenings will soon be darker: Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour! Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on November 7th.

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Look behind your vehicle's a-frame to check for people walking or biking!