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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.

Tell Portland City Council:​ Aggressively pursue the goals of Vision Zero!

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.

Sign the petition: Make pedestrian safety a priority!

Jessica Vega Pederson

Posted on September 15, 2016.

Meet Jessica

I am a mother, a business professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

As Multnomah County Commissioner I’ve fought to make sure every member of our community has what they need to succeed. I want to make Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. I'm ready to get to work and I hope you'll join us!

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