In 2015, we witnessed a spate of tragic events unfolding, as the lives of more than 75 pedestrians in Oregon were lost due to traffic violence — a 40% increase over 2014, which had also seen an increase over 2013 numbers.
While we continue to look for and find ways to address the causes of this spreading traffic violence epidemic in Oregon, the Transportation Safety Action Plan (TSAP) has come up with a draft vision:
Oregon envisions no deaths or life-changing injuries on our transportation system by 2035.
– TSAP Draft Vision
The Oregon Draft TSAP (pdf) is now available. The Plan is one of several statewide plans that define and implement the state’s goals, policies, strategies, and key initiatives for transportation. Other plans include the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which is also currently open for comment.
The TSAP currently has an Online Open House, which walks you through what the TSAP is and what will come out of this process, and provides some background on what the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has identified as factors contributing to fatal and serious injury crashes in Oregon for people driving motor vehicles, walking, or bicycling.
After reviewing each of the goals and their associated strategies and policies…
Goal 1: Safety Culture
Goal 2: Infrastructure
Goal 3: Healthy, Livable Communities
Goal 4: Technology
Goal 5: Collaborate and Communicate
Goal 6: Strategic Investments
…you’re then asked what you think will be most effective to address first in your community, and in the state as a whole, in the following “Emphasis Areas”
- Infrastructure Improvements
- Reducing Risky Behaviors
- Protecting Vulnerable Users
- Improving Safety Technology and Systems
Do each of these Emphasis Areas consider and help protect all roadway users? How could the initiatives — individually and collectively — better protect all roadway users?
Nearly all of our roadways (with the exception of interstates) have users traveling on foot, wheelchair, and by bicycle; crossing the right-of-way at intersections and other marked and unmarked crossings; in a wide variety of speed zones; and accessing transit and other destinations such as shops or schools.
It’s important that the Action Plan for our Transportation Safety is considering all road-user movements in its safety projects and programs.
Ensure the Oregon Department of Transportation gets the best information possible about how to improve and prioritize safety for all road users in Oregon.
The TSAP online open house and survey will be open until Feb. 9.