Personal safety on our streets

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Vision Zero program's collection of personal safety resources—as well as a toolkit for Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and partners.
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Personal safety must be core to making our streets safe. 

By personal safety, we mean freedom from threat and fear of emotional, psychological, and physical harm for Portlanders most targeted by violence.

PBOT is committed to creating safe streets for all Portlanders. This goes beyond traditional traffic safety investments and includes supporting personal safety and a sense of belonging. 

We need streets where people feel safe from traffic violence and free from threat and fear of emotional, psychological, and physical harm. Portland will not reach our racial justice commitments, climate goals, or Vision Zero goal without ensuring that Portlanders feel safe traveling and occupying public spaces.


Personal safety resources for community

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We put together a wide variety of free, accessible personal safety resources for community members, including how to create a street that make you feel safe, report bias and hate, participate in a training or workshop, and more.

Learn more about personal safety resources for community


Toolkit for Portland Bureau of Transportation and partners

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Beyond Traffic Safety: Building community belonging and safety in public spaces

The “Beyond Traffic Safety: Building community belonging and safety in public spaces" report documents community members’ experiences and reflections on what personal safety means to them and ways government agencies and community-based organizations can engage to make public spaces safer.

Learn more about the "Beyond Traffic Safety" report and toolkit