Aug 13, 2012

Crosswalk Awareness Action, Aug.14

A crosswalk safety awareness action involves local residents, pedestrian advocates, and concerned
citizens who wish to highlight the need for safety improvements that better accommodate people crossing. Tomorrow you can help or just observe the volunteer work of our neighbors and allies as they raise awareness about pedestrian safety on Foster Rd.

Participants hold signs that thank drivers who have stopped for people crossing, and remind drivers who don’t stop to yield next time. Foster Rd. is a designated "high-crash corridor."

The safety needs of all road users depend on creative partnerships and innovation to improve education,
engineering and enforcement. For pedestrians - and we are all pedestrians at some point in our day - an
integrated approach to advocacy, policy, education and enforcement is needed to better serve Portland and our busy corridors like Foster Rd.

There has been success in the form of behavior change through strategic pedestrian safety enforcement
actions conducted by the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Bureau of Transportation. However, the
need for increased pedestrian safety awareness is ongoing. Failure of drivers to yield to pedestrians in
marked and unmarked crosswalks remains the number one safety issue for people walking and rolling. In order to make the best use of limited funding resources, the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition is conducting community-based education actions with local neighborhood advocates to demonstrate the support of and need for pedestrian safety efforts. These education actions complement the ongoing enforcement actions conducted by the Bureaus of Police and Transportation.

The action is sponsored by the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition with help from neighborhood advocates and local residents. If you would like to participate or learn more, please contact the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition:

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012
61st & SE Foster

About the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition:
The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (WPC) is a non-profit advocacy organization area dedicated to
promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe and attractive throughout the Portland
metropolitan region. For more information about the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, please visit

1 comment:

Nick Falbo said...

I attended this, and it was totally great! The process was simple and effective, and the message was positive. This is something a small group of neighbors can get together and do easily. Thanks to Steph Routh a the WPC for making this happen!

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