Portland Lays Out Plan to Eliminate Traffic Deaths

A bicyclist and traffic navigate through downtown as the first winter storm of the season hits Portland on Dec. 8 (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

A bicyclist and traffic navigate through downtown as the first winter storm of the season hits Portland on Dec. 8 (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

It’s been a bad year for traffic deaths in Portland. Just last week, in separate incidents on the same night, drivers hit and killed two people walking on SE Division Street, a busy arterial. Their deaths bring the Oregon city’s 2016 traffic fatality total to 40, the most for Portland since 2003 and slightly more than the 20-year average of 36 annual traffic fatalities. Portland hopes to get that number of traffic deaths to zero by 2025, with their Vision Zero Action Plan.

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