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Regional transportation safety

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The Regional Transportation Safety Plan describes urban safety conditions in the region, provides policy context and recommends actions that can help reduce serious crashes.

Regional transportation safety

How can a regional approach help make our roads safer? What factors make roads more or less prone to crashes that cause serious injuries? What are the unique safety needs of the Portland metropolitan area, as distinguished from other parts of Oregon?

Those are some of the questions explored in a new Metro State of Safety Report that Metro and its partner agencies have developed.

Read the Metro State of Safety report

The Regional Transportation Safety Plan describes urban safety conditions in the region, provides policy context and recommends actions that can help reduce serious crashes.

Read the plan

Responding to a Federal Highway Administration recommendation, Metro has been working with local governments, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the TriMet transit agency, consultants and researchers since 2009 to study transportation safety from an urban perspective. The effort will help set priorities and eventually develop strategies to meet the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan's target of reducing fatalities and serious injuries by 50 percent.

To produce the safety report, Metro, working with a regional safety work group, analyzed crash data provided by the state transportation department. The report provides the data foundation for a forthcoming safety plan.

Metro staff presented the report to local transportation planners and regional policymakers in May and June 2012. Elected officials and agency leaders on the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation welcomed the findings about the importance of safety on arterials streets and urged action to improve those streets.

View the slide presentation

Metro is providing public access to the 2007-2009 regional crash data used in the Metro State of Safety Report. The agency does not provide technical support for using the data.

The following files are available:

Excel users: Crash_Points_070809.xls (78 MB Excel spreadsheet)

ArcMap users: unzip the file CrashPoints070809.shp.zip 

ArcInfo10 users: unzip the file CrashPoints070809.gdb.zip into a folder called CrashPoints070809.gdb

A manual documenting the codes contained in the data is available 2006CodeManualVersion1.0.pdf (1 MB PDF file)

Documentation is available at README.txt

Transportation safety plan gains support, attention

Read a Metro News article from June 19 about the safety report and perspectives of regional transportation leaders.

Read the article

Read a Streetsblog Capitol Hill article about the report and a link to another article on BikePortland.org

Read the Streetsblog article
Read the BikePortland article

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Need assistance?

Anthony Buczek
503-797-1674
anthony.buczek@oregonmetro.gov

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