City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Urban community development -- Oregon -- Portland
In 2016, the City of Portland adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries on Portland’s streets. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) also makes a commitment in all of its plans to create a more equitable transportation system by prioritizing areas of the city with a disproportionate number of BIPOC community members and people with lower incomes, all of whom face a greater risk from traffic violence. To achieve its Vision Zero goals, the City and PBOT have undertaken a number of actions, including redesigning streets through traffic calming and traffic management, and outreach and education. While progress has been made since the Vision Zero plan’s adoption, there has recently been an alarming increase in traffic crashes and fatalities, particularly among people experiencing houselessness. The PBOT Vision Zero team partnered with Street Perspective—the Portland State University Master of Urban and Regional Planning student Workshop team—to examine how to mitigate the risk of traffic-related harm to people experiencing houselessness. Through this project, Street Perspective has developed a report of existing conditions, promising practices, site-specific analysis, outreach, and a toolkit of recommendations to better understand and address the needs and vulnerabilities of people experiencing houselessness in Portland.
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Domine, Peter; Doyle, Sean; Haque, Asif; Sulvarán, Angie Martínez; Meusch, Nick; and Whyte, Meisha, "Safety Interventions For Houseless Pedestrians" (2022). Master of Urban and Regional Planning Workshop Projects. 184.