(March 23, 2016--PORTLAND): Street safety advocates including the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, AARP Oregon, Oregon and Southwest Washington Families for Safe Streets, the Community Cycling Center, Oregon Walks, and the City of Portland’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee have endorsed Measure 26-173 and the Fix Our Streets Portland campaign.
After years of needless fatal collisions and crashes on Portland’s streets (including two this past weekend), safety advocates are heartened to support the Fix Our Streets Portland campaign to invest in safer streets. This funding helps support Vision Zero, the City’s adopted initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities.
“I’ve been working with East Portland residents for years, and with declining revenues the city hasn’t had the necessary resources to build safer streets for biking, walking, and driving” stated Elizabeth Quiroz, the Equity Manager at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA). "The BTA is excited to see an investment in these desperately needed projects included in the temporary gas tax proposal, and this local measure is a good first start for creating safer streets and livable communities."
30 years of unmaintained and underinvested infrastructure has left many Portland neighborhoods split apart by busy streets with poor or nonexistent sidewalks, crosswalks, and fast moving cars.
Fix Our Streets Portland supports the temporary ten cent gas tax on the May ballot to raise $64 million for road maintenance and street safety.
The Fix Our Streets Portland campaign includes $16.9 million to make busy streets safer for Portlanders walking, biking and driving, including:
Filling sidewalk gaps on streets including NE 148th, SE Flavel and SW Capitol Highway
Increased lighting, traffic calming, and safer access to TriMet bus stations
Separated Bicycle Lane Projects in City Center, East and Southwest Portland
Traffic calming and safety improvements on High Crash Corridors including 122nd, 82nd, NE Sandy and SW Beaverton-Hillsdale
Crossing improvements to NE Glisan, NE 102nd, NE MLK, NE 82nd, and SW Naito
The endorsing organizations are among thirty communities partners who have endorsed the Fix Our Streets Portland campaign.
To see the full list of endorsing businesses and organizations, as well as to see the full list of projects and to learn how you can endorse the campaign, check out our website: www.fixourstreetsportland.com/supporters