New Comprehensive Guide for Improving Walking Conditions in PortlandPosted by Steve in News on March 1st, 2012 – Comments Off on New Comprehensive Guide for Improving Walking Conditions in Portland
Chris Young of Neighrborhood Notes has put together an impressive guide of resources for Portland citizen activists who want to improve local walking conditions. Chris writes:
On the evening of Saturday, Jan. 21, 26-year-old Jason Lee Grant was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Foster Road at SE 70th Avenue. Long dubbed the “Foster Freeway” by neighbors, this tragic incident further highlights the need to improve pedestrian safety in an area considered a high-crash corridor by Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).
“And sadly, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the last until the city implements real safety improvements, such as safer crosswalks, more visible signage, and better lighting,” laments Jeff Lynott of Foster Powell PDX. “Pedestrian safety has historically been overlooked in favor of keeping traffic moving quickly.”
According to the city’s Existing Conditions Report of SE Foster Road from May 2011, “approximately 26 percent of the corridor is lacking sidewalks or pedestrian amenities,” and “the average distance between pedestrian crossing improvements (signals or pedestrian islands) is 1,120 feet, or nearly one-fourth mile.”