January 15, 2010
Focus on Safety
Everything's coming up safety this week:
- Mayor Adams has scheduled the 2010 Portland Transportation Safety Summit:
4th Annual Transportation Safety Summit February 16, 2010, 6:30 - 8:30 pm University of Oregon - White Stag Building 70 NW Couch St., Portland (convenient to Old Town MAX station) RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Childcare can be provided with at least 1 week notice. Please contact Sharon White by Feb. 9, 2009 to make arrangements: Sharon White (503) 823-7100 or email@example.com.
- In preparation for the summit, the mayor invites you to take a transportation survey.
- ODOT is seeking input on its Transportation Safety Action Plan (TSAP). The BTA blog has the details.
January 16, 2010 3:30 PM
Jason Barbour Says:
Yay! Another survey! Another meeting to discuss what we already know and come up with solutions that were thought up years ago!
Where's the activism? Where's the action? We seem to keep having meetings in Portland over the same things that always result in the same solutions, which are never implemented because the data gets "too old" or "we need another study for the purpose of having another study."
January 16, 2010 7:43 PM
Dave H Says:
I think that the city/region/activists (credit who you want) have at least gotten drivers to notice pedestrians and bikes. I've seen a lot more people patiently waiting at stop signs or yielding to pedestrians lately.
Maybe it's only happening in NW Portland, but I'm impressed by the improved courtesy of many drivers in the area over the past year or two.
January 17, 2010 8:48 PM
Ron Swaren Says:
"Maybe it's only happening in NW Portland, but I'm impressed by the improved courtesy of many drivers in the area over the past year or two."
People have become very courteous. Although I don't have a regular commute by bicycle, I have found drivers to be very observant and patient and I also try to stay out of their way.
I would like to see recumbent bicylists use a little more sense. I saw one guy going down my street who was no more than 36 inches above the ground. This would be very hard to see if one were backing up a car, and also impossible to see one through a line of cars parked along a street. Remember, car drivers are only human, too, and if you can't be seen you are taking a big chance. What is the attraction of recumbent bikes? Good for back problems?
Getting bicyclists visible in our frequently dark, rainy city would be a cheap, simple precaution.