Portland Transportation Safety Summit

The Portland Office of Transportation held a Safety Summit yesterday, involving members of the community and officials from various bureaus and agencies responsible for transportation and safety.

The headline was that our streets are getting safer. Crash injury rates for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers are all on a downward trend. Nonetheless Commissioner Adams and the organizers asked the assembled participants to help find ways (preferably without spending a lot more money) to continue to improve safety.

I attended two breakout sessions. The first on safety on Main Streets hit one of my favorite topics, crosswalk markings. Commissioner Adams asked if perhaps we should mark fewer crosswalks, but much more visibly, concentrating our resources.

The second breakout I attended focused on freight safety. A lot of the issues revolved around truck and passenger car interactions, with a general view that drivers are not educated sufficiently about interacting with trucks (stopping distance, mirror visibility, etc.) and therefore often do things near trucks that are unsafe.

I saw many Portland Transport contributors and regular commenters at the summit. What were your impressions? What great suggestions came out of your breakouts?

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