The Trib ran two articles on safety yesterday. The first talks about dangerous intersections on 82nd and 122nd and goes on to talk about one-time money Commissioner Adams is seeking for safety improvements.
The second talks about the 10-year trend in improvement in deaths due to traffic accidents (it’s dropped by about half).
The first story is more sensationalist, but I think the real news is the second one!
5 responses to “Focus on Safety”
At least they put this diagram on the front page http://portlandtribune.com/news/graphic.php?file_name=070402_traffic_chart.jpg so that you didn’t have to turn to page 5 for the good news.
What happened to West Burnside? Maybe there is a cheaper way to improve safety without the couplet.
The article is not necessarily incompatible with previous statements made about West Burnside… West Burnside is unsafe in terms of pedestrian injuries/deaths, while the article was referring to overall vehicle collisions.
– Bob R.
West Burnside is unsafe in terms of pedestrian injuries/deaths, while the article was referring to overall vehicle collisions.
This makes sense, since there is a relatively high amount of pedestrian activity around Burnside and none of its cross streets are comparable to 82nd. But not everybody realizes this: http://blog.oregonlive.com/oldtown/2007/04/na_na_na_na_na.html
Speaking of my least favorite transportation “improvement” scheme…did anyone see the piece in the Tribune weekend section touring the nightlight on Burnside? A strong NO on the couplet question from the night owls. I agree. Let’s keep some part of Portland edgy, gritty, interesting. Why do we insist on cleaning everything up…boring.