Bike activists have organized a “die in” at the Portland offices of the Oregon Department of Transportation Wednesday.
Dozens of pedestrians and cyclists took to Southeast Powell Boulevard Monday to protest the dangers they say exist on the busy four-lane thoroughfare.
A 22-year-old cyclist lost his leg there on Sunday, after a car struck him.
Soren Impey with Bike Loud PDX says while the City of Portland has made significant improvements to many of the streets it controls, the Oregon Department of Transportation is dragging its feet.
“Portland has a number of arterials that are controlled by ODOT and that the city of Portland is unable to improve and make safer for Portlanders,” he said. “And that many of these arterials have high crash corridors.”
ODOT spokesman, Don Hamilton, says the agency is designing a safety plan for Powell Boulevard. He says $3.8 million has been earmarked and construction should start in 2017.
Hamilton says protesters will be allowed to conduct their “Die In” in the lobby. But if they try and get further into the building, it will be considered trespassing.