Creating a Regional Transportation Safety Strategy
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Safe streets are the foundation of a livable region. When people step out their front door, they expect and deserve a safe way to get where they're going, whether it's walking or bicycling in the neighborhood, getting to transit or driving down a highway.
A transportation system that is safe for everyone is a top priority for communities across the Portland region. More and more communities are adopting Vision Zero or Towards Zero Deaths policies, signifying the importance of transportation safety to achieving a wide variety of community goals.
Metro is helping communities achieve these goals by including a new regional transportation safety strategy as a cornerstone of the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan.
The region last completed a comprehensive plan for transportation safety in 2012. The Regional Transportation Safety Strategy identifies recommends actions governments can take to cut in half the number of deaths or serious injuries for people walking, bicycling and driving in the Portland region by 2035. Several recommended actions have already been implemented by state, regional and local partners.
The creation of a new Regional Transportation Safety Strategy, incorporated into the 2018 update of the Regional Transportation Plan, will provide an updated strategy and actions to move forward with achieving a truly safe transportation system.
The safety strategy has four phases, starting in 2016 and concluding in 2018 with the adoption of updated policies in the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan.
Phase 1: Safety trends and challenges – January to July 2016. A status review of the 2012 Regional Transportation Safety Plan, including updating safety data, documenting trends and challenges and changes in policies will result in a set of proposed updates to the plan in this phase. Related story: Metro's new Crashmap helps turn stats into stories
Phase 2: Regional safety policies and strategies – July 2016 to February 2017. Working with a technical work group, this phase will result in an draft action plan and safety strategy and draft updates to safety-related policies in the Regional Transportation Plan.
Phase 3: Shared safety strategy and action plan – March to December 2017. Continuing to work with the technical work group, the draft safety strategy, action plan and Regional Transportation Plan policies will be refined in this phase.
Phase 4: Adoption – 2018. A public review draft of the new Regional Transportation Safety Strategy will be released for review and comment prior to being proposed for adoption.
A technical work group will meet periodically between summer 2016 and fall 2017 to provide in-depth professional review and comments on the regional transportation safety strategy. Meetings are open to the public and information will be posted here and on Metro’s web calendar. Information on activities, such as best practices, tours, and presentations will also be posted here and on Metro’s web calendar. Official public comment on the regional transportation safety strategy will be sought during the 2018 RTP public comment period. Additionally, questions or comments are welcome at any time. To receive notification of work group meetings and related activities, subscribe to the 2018 RTP interested parties list.