ACTION ALERT: TELL PORTLAND CITY COUNCIL: Fund 15 Crosswalk Improvements.
Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has asked the City Council to consider an amendment to the City Budget to include $1 million in funding to improve crosswalks in 15 of Portland's most dangerous intersections. This investment in public safety and social equity represents a unique opportunity for the City of Portland to be proactive in supporting healthy, walkable communities for all Portlanders, regardless of which neighborhood they call home. It's an excellent chance for the City to demonstrate their commitment to making our streets safer in Outer East and Southwest Portland, and to prioritize investments in infrastructure that best supports public safety and healthy communities.
NE 117th and Glisan; one of 15 intersections slated for improvement. Photo Courtesy Google Maps.
These fifteen crosswalks to be funded by Commissioner Novick's proposal were identified by Portland Bureau of Transportation staff using data from PBOT's High Crash Corridors Program, East Portland In Motion and feedback from the East Portland Action Plan. This budgetary allocation represents an opportunity for Portland's City Council to address the urgent need for safer streets and for Portland to demonstrate their commitment to public safety, social equity, and eliminating pedestrian fatalities in our city. This funding would be an excellent opportunity to begin work towards Oregon Walks' "PDX Vision Zero" campaign, launched this past February and cosigned by over 730 community members and dozens of local advocacy organizations advancing public health, communities of color, small businesses and active transportation. We agree with Commissioner Novick that funding for these crosswalk improvements should be "our highest priority" and that "pedestrian safety is one of the City's most pressing public safety needs;" it's imperative we invest our scarce General Fund resources in addressing "this vital public safety concern."
To ensure that the city provides funding for all 15 of these desperately needed crosswalks, we need your help. Can you take a minute to email the Portland City Council and express your support for Commissioner Novick's budget proposal?
We've provided some text for you to submit, but please feel free to write your own reasons why this investment in safer streets is important to you. Personalized testimony highlighting your individual experiences with our incomplete pedestrian network will only make your letter more effective.
In addition, Oregon Walks invites you to attend the City of Portland's Community Budget Forum at David Douglas High School next week to speak directly to the City Council about the urgent need for this funding.
Hope to see you there!