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PBOT Vision Zero March 2023 Newsletter

Portland Bureau of Transportation March 2023 Vision Zero newsletter.
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Portland 2022 deadly traffic crash report released

The first names and approximate location of the 63 people who were killed in traffic crashes in Portland in 2022. Each death affects a community of people who knew that person, underscoring the need to improve safety on streets and highways across the city.

Earlier this month, the Portland Bureau of Transportation published the Portland 2022 Deadly Traffic Crash Report along with messages urging the public to slow down, as speed and impairment keep pedestrian deaths at historic high levels in Portland and across the U.S. in 2022. A total of 63 people died in traffic crashes in last year, matching 2021’s high of at least three decades. 

To learn more, read the full Portland 2022 Deadly Traffic Crash Report.

PBOT awarded $20 million for major safety investments on 122nd Ave

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $20 million grant to PBOT for a critical 5.5-mile stretch of 122nd Avenue, pictured above, from SE Foster Road to NE Sandy Boulevard.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Commissioner Mingus Mapps, and PBOT staff discuss improvements for 122nd Avenue next to a yellow High Crash Intersection sign.

In February, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Portland Bureau of Transportation a $20 million grant for a critical 5.5-mile stretch of 122nd Avenue from SE Foster Road to NE Sandy Boulevard. The busy, five-lane arterial street is one of the most dangerous in the city and serves some of Portland’s most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. PBOT will provide $5 million in matching funds to support the project, leveraging funds already allocated from Fixing Our Streets for paving SE 122nd Avenue between SE Foster Road and SE Holgate Boulevard.

Read the full press release to learn more about the major safety investments. 

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Why we say “crash” not “accident”

“CRASH” in a stylized handwritten, yellow marker font type above “ACCIDENT” in a light, strikethrough yellow font type.

When we use the word “accident” rather than “crash,” we’re implying that a collision was somehow inevitable. We’re not only absolving the person driving from responsibility but also the local transportation agency. But that doesn't align with Portland Bureau of Transportation's goal of making Portland streets safe for everyone. PBOT has strategic commitments to realize Vision Zero, including protecting pedestrians, reducing speeds citywide, designing streets to protect human lives, and creating a culture of shared responsibility. Part of the latter strategy is reminding ourselves and our communities that crashes are predictable and preventable

We’re inviting our community to change the way we talk about crashes, and in doing so, change the broad cultural perception that crashes are inevitable. A Vision Zero approach refuses to accept traffic violence as a byproduct of “just the way things are.” So, will you join us?

Read the full blog post to learn more about why we use the word "crash" not "accident."

Free Vision Zero pins, stickers, brochures, fliers, and yard signs

A pile of white and orange Vision Zero pins.

Help educate family, friends, neighbors, your school, or your organization about Vision Zero, Portland's commitment to eliminate serious and fatal traffic injuries in Portland.

These materials are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Vietnamese, Somali, and Lao. 

  • Pick-up yard signs from the Portland Building front desk (1120 SW 5th Ave) during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

If you're interested in making a bulk request, please email us at

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Featured safety tip!

An intersection adjacent to Salmon Street Springs with a traffic signal and nearby BIKETOWN bikeshare station.

Downsize your car

If you own a car, try to find something small, light, and with a low front end. There is a direct correlation between the increase in vehicle size, weight, and front end height and the increase in pedestrian deaths in the U.S. Next time you have the ability to choose a car -- whether buying or renting -- choose something smaller. And encourage your friends to choose smaller cars too!

We'll be sharing safety tips in each newsletter. If you have a safety tip you'd like us to feature, please email it to