Slow the Flock Down!

Illustrated pattern of birds with the text Slow the Flock Down, Save a Life
A colorful, tongue-in-cheek message designed to encourage people to slow down when driving.

Slow the flock down! It’s the latest message to people driving, courtesy of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). The campaign, developed by SDOT, reflects the partnership between the Pacific Northwest’s two largest cities.

Yard Signs Available for a Limited Time

While supplies last, Slow the Flock Down yard signs are available first-come, first-served, at the following times and locations:

  • Starting on Monday, July 18 - Portland Building front desk, 1120 SW 5th Avenue (M-F, 8AM-5PM)
  • Starting on Tuesday, July 19 - Central Northeast Neighbors, 4415 NE 87th Ave (note: office open by appointment only; call 503-823-3156)
  • Starting on Tuesday, July 19 - Neighbors West-Northwest, 2257 NW Raleigh St
  • Starting on Wednesday, July 20 - SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main Street (Tue-Thu, 10AM-4PM)
  • Starting on Friday, August 12 - East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave (during business hours)
  • Sunday, July 31, Blumenauer Bridge Celebration, NE 7th Avenue & Flanders Street
  • Sunday, July 31, Montavilla Street Fair, SE Stark Street between 76th and 82nd avenues
  • Sunday, August 7, Party On Portland in Lents Park (11AM-4PM) 
  • Sunday, August 7, East Portland Bike Fair (1-4PM)
  • Saturday, August 13, Rosewood Saturday Celebration, 14127 SE Stark Street (12-4PM)
  • Saturday, August 13, Multnomah Neighborhood Ice Cream Social, Gabriel Park (3-5 PM)
  • Saturday, August 20, Multnomah Days, Capitol Hwy between Garden Home Rd and SW 31st Ave. (9 AM-5PM)
  • Sunday, August 21, Sunday Parkways, East Portland (11AM-4PM)

Safe Speeds Save Lives

Small changes in speed have big impacts. As people travel faster, the risk of death or serious injury rises dramatically. A pedestrian struck by a person driving 40 mph is eight times more likely to die than a pedestrian struck at 20 mph.

Death due to speed
Small changes in speed result can dramatically increase risk to pedestrians.

Regardless of how people are traveling, safe travel speeds lower the risk of crashes occurring. When crashes do occur, safe speeds make it less likely that people are killed or seriously injured.

Nationally, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, speeding is involved in about 30% of all traffic deaths. In 2020, 72% of traffic deaths were males and males aged 16-29 had the highest traffic fatality rate of any demographic group. In Portland, speed is identified as a major factor in half of deadly crashes.

To achieve safe speeds, Portland is redesigning streets, lowering speed limits, expanding its speed safety camera program, and educating drivers. Early evaluations of changes on NE 102nd Avenue and NE Glisan Street indicate that these efforts are working.