Portland city officials on Tuesday unveiled Vision Zero, a goal to curb the fatalities each year on the city’s “high crash corridors” like Powell Boulevard, Foster Road, Division Street and 122 Avenue.
Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat spoke at City Hall, encouraging drivers to slow down and be more aware of pedestrians.
“We need call on our fellow citizens to think about speeding like we think about drunk driving,” said Hales. “It’s not OK. It’s not OK to put other people at risk for our own convenience.”
Novick highlighted House Bill 2621, which would place unmanned speed cameras along the Portland’s 10 high crash corridors. Treat said that these streets make up 3 percent of total roads in Portland, but account for 51 percent of all pedestrian fatalities.
City officials also pledged to invest money into safety improvements for 122nd Avenue. TriMet plans to increase bus service to the area, and PBOT will create new pedestrian crossings throughout the city.
Last month, three cyclists were struck by motorists, one of which resulted in the death of recent Reed University graduate Mark Angeles.
In 2014, traffic crashes involving pedestrians resulted in 28 deaths, and there have been 10 so far this year, according to PBOT.