The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is focused on increasing the percentage of potential new funding dedicated to safety during the public conversation about raising new revenue for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT),
Safety is the BTA’s number one priority. Any new revenue package should emphasize safe streets above other needs. We know that when there are more people riding bikes and more bicycle facilities on our streets research shows that everyone, no matter how they get around, is safer. We also know exactly where the most dangerous places are in this city: our High Crash Corridors, intersections, crossings, and areas where high-speed traffic threatens people’s lives.
To cap the safety allocation at less than half of the new revenue is insufficient to fulfill our goals of increasing the number of people bicycling in Portland. Basic investments in Safe Routes to School, neighborhood greenways, and protected bike lanes are the most cost effective at reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities and should be our highest priority.
The more we choose to prioritize safety in this process the better PBOT will be able to meet it’s long term goals to increase the number of people walking, biking and taking transit which will reduce drive-alone vehicle trips and improve freight mobility. By making sure that people feel safe you will be creating a more livable city and you will extend the life of our transportation infrastructure.
We hope that whatever method the City chooses to raise the money and however much they raise, that they dedicate more than half of the funds to safety.
If you would like to join the BTA in calling on the city to dedicate more than half of the funds to safety, feel free to download our talking points, show up at the town hall meeting on Thursday night, and speak out in support of bikes! Also, if you’d like to ride your bike to the event, join the ride being organized by some community members.
- Thursday, May 1: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Woodstock School, 5601 SE 50th Ave.
For more information and to complete the survey online, you can visit www.ourstreetspdx.com.