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Perhaps you’ve seen a public meeting about pedestrian safety (or infrastructure projects) deteriorate into speculation about texting pedestrians or drunk drivers. What do the data say? The Oregon Walks Pedestrian Crash Report reviews police reports and available information for all 48 fatal pedestrian crashes in Portland from 2017-2019. The authors will summarize their most notable findings relating to infrastructure, other systemic factors, equity and the information that the public receives about crashes. Participants may wish to review the report or articles describing it to prepare for a robust discussion: You’re Driving Too Damn Fast, Willamette Week, March 17, 2021 Oregon Walks releases landmark report on fatal pedestrian crashes, BikePortland, March 17, 2021
Ashton is a community organizer, former U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Technician, and a graduate of PSU’s Community Development undergraduate program. In his most recent role at The Rosewood Initiative, he served as Community Asset Director, providing planning expertise for under-resourced neighborhoods. As a progressive Black man growing up in Houston, and now living in Portland, he has seen firsthand the unequal development present in our pedestrian infrastructure, and the dangers this presents for vulnerable communities.
Scott Kocher was born and raised in Corvallis, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. He worked as an attorney at Oregon's largest law firm from 2001 to 2006. Since 2006 Scott’s law practice has focused on representing people and families after serious and fatal traffic crashes. Scott has served on policy advisory committees for the Oregon Transportation Safety Action Plan as well as Oregon’s state-wide bicycle advisory committee, and Portland’s pedestrian advisory committee, among others. Scott has volunteered with and served on the board of Oregon Walks since September 2014.
Brandon Summers spent over 20 years as a professional musician, recording and performing internationally. He recently joined the project staff at Forum Law Group and collaborated on the research and drafting of the Oregon Walks Fatal Pedestrian Crash Report. As a native Portlander who experienced the first two decades of his adult life without owning a car, Brandon is passionate about creating a city where walking, bicycling and public transportation thrive. As the son of an immigrant Indonesian mother, he is dedicated to equitable solutions. And as the father of two daughters, he is focused on ensuring that we do more to make Portland’s streets safe for generations to come.
Transportation | Urban Studies and Planning
Simpson, Ashton; Kocher, Scott; and Summers, Brandon, "Oregon Walks Pedestrian Crash Report: Causes, Effects, and Recommendations" (2021). TREC Friday Seminar Series. 206.