Petition: Make Portland’s streets safer
Portland students are back in school.
Every school day, my neighborhood is filled with kids walking to and from David Douglas High School, and every day I worry about their safety. Why?
There have been at least 30 traffic deaths in Portland this year.
Among those was a teenage boy that was struck and killed crossing the street in Northeast Portland in August. Just a week earlier, a teenage girl was killed by a speeding motorist while crossing SE Hawthorne.
It’s important to talk to our children about awareness and safety – but it’s also time for real action to make our streets safe for all.
The City of Portland adopted Vision Zero, which aims to move our transportation system toward zero traffic-related fatalities and injuries over the next ten years. However, East Portland still has considerably fewer sidewalks and bike lanes than the rest of the city.
We need to do more than talk about safe streets – we need to invest in accessible, safe pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. We can save lives.
Jessica Vega Pederson