August 22, 2005
Bike Safety Leadership Workshop on Friday
This Friday, August 26, from 9-noon, there will be a Bike Safety Leadership Workshop at Southeast Uplift. There will be a Workshop in each neighborhood district coalition in the city. These meetings will be an opportunity to create a common understanding about bicycle safety issues and to initiate a bicycle safety group in each neighborhood district coalition. This is a great opportunity to become more involved with bike safety issues and to be more involved with your neighborhood. If you are interested, please plan to attend the Workshop that is taking place in your neighborhood district coalition. If you are unsure which coalition you live in, please see http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=35789.
The Workshop will include:
- a presentation about bicycle safety (including bike crash map information),
- followed by a bicycle ride to locations emblematic of issues related to bicycle safety in the district,
- followed by a re-group for a discussion about some of the more challenging questions (e.g., how do we respond as a community after a fatality? how do neighborhoods better access Transportation or Police services? etc).
The idea is to build a bicycle safety group in each district coalition that has a common understanding of bike safety issues and to enable a bicycle liaison in the Police precincts.
The schedule for the Workshops is:
Friday, 8/26, 9-12:00: Southeast Uplife (SEUL) 3534 SE Main Fireside Room Thursday, 9/1 from 1-5: Central North Neighborhoods (CNN) 4415 NE 87th in the Community Room Friday, 9/9 from 1-5: North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) (Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon) Thursday, 9/15 from 1-5: East Portland Neighborhood (EPNO) East Precinct Community Room Thursday, 9/22 from 9-12: Northeast Coalition of Neighbors (NECN) 4815 NE 7th, Community Room
Workshops will be scheduled for Southwest Neighbors, Inc (SWNI) and Neighbors West, Northwest (NWNW) very soon. I will send an announcement of those dates as soon as they are confirmed.
If you have any questions about this effort, please give me a phone call and I'd be glad to provide any information I can.
Community and School Traffic Safety Partnership Portland Office of Transportation
January 4, 2006 10:29 AM
Dianna Osborne Says:
I heard the KBOO bike show (1/4/6) and I had a couple of comments/ideas I wanted to share.
-I love the free bike route maps in the library-how about a "bikes and cars share the road" free pamphlet in the library? And handed out to cars and autos in ticketing situations(even non-bike related tickets).
Things I would like to see covered that I haven't heard anyone suggest:
--at four way stops drivers observe the four way rule that determines who goes next (first to the intersection or the vehicle to the right)and refrain from waving cyclists through -while, of course, using caution around whether the other vehicle (car/cycle) is going to use that rule correctly.
--the printed suggestion/reminder to "first-slow down" when bikes are on the roadway.
Thanks for your time and the work you do.
January 4, 2006 12:08 PM
Greg Raisman Says:
Thanks for the positive feedback.
The Transportation Options group in PDOT is the group that develops and distributes the great maps and informative handouts that you're referencing. These resources are available at community events and places like libraries and bike shops throughout the city. For more information about how to obtain the maps or to help facilitate new places to make them available, please call 503-823-CYCL.
We definitely agree that speed plays a key role in traffic safety for all modes. Slower speeds mean that crashes are less likely to happen and less severe when they do.
You likely are aware that neighborhoods are key partners in identifying and pursuing opportunities to control speed on our streets. Another opportunity to be involved may be to become active in your neighborhood to advocate and work towards slower speeds and safer streets where you live. If you are unsure which neighborhood you live in, please visit http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=35788
Community and School Traffic Safety Partnership
Portland Office of Transportation