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Traffic Safety Action-Shop

Presentations and materials from the February 23 SE Uplift/EPNO Action-shop are available below! Thank you to our presenters, local experts, and attendees!

Did you miss our February workshop? Don’t fret – we’re offering two more events in March and April. RSVP below!

Learn how to raise awareness about neighborhood traffic problems, change policy, and fund safety improvements (crosswalks, speed-bumps, etc.) on your neighborhood streets at our solution-oriented workshop. Come with an idea about a traffic safety problem you want to solve and we’ll help you develop a plan for taking action! These workshops are intentionally developed to support community members of all knowledge and experience levels in taking action on a transportation issues or traffic safety concerns. Whether you are new to this topic, or a transportation guru looking to take your advocacy efforts to the next level, we’d love for you to attend.

North/Northeast Action-shop RSVP
Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Light refreshments 6 p.m.
North Portland Neighborhood Services, Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N Brandon Ave, Portland

West-side Action-shop RSVP
Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Light refreshments 6 p.m.
Multnomah Arts Center, Auditorium, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

Workshop facilities are wheelchair accessible. To help ensure equal access to our programs, services and activities, we will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities and provide language translation for persons with limited or no English. For ADA and language translation requests, please call Doretta at (503) 823-4524 as soon as possible so that we can work together to address your needs.

More about the Action-shops happening across the city:

Neighborhood District Coalitions are partnering to provide three Traffic Safety Action-shops city-wide starting in February. This is an opportunity for individuals or groups to learn strategies to improve safety on neighborhood streets and prevent tragedies before they happen. All Traffic Safety Action-shops will provide participants with an opportunity to:

  • Learn from, and connect with transportation experts: Workshops will feature a basic overview of transportation policy and funding, environmental design fostering safe and walkable communities, and communication and education strategies designed to engage neighbors in taking action. Presenters include staff from Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), along with other professionals working in the field.
  • Hear from neighbors about what works: Neighborhood volunteers will share their own  success stories highlighting how grassroots efforts have resulted in policy change, safer behavior, and improvements like sidewalks and speed-bumps, etc. 
  • Walk away with a plan for action: Participants are asked to come with a transportation issue or traffic safety concern they would like to tackle during the second half of the workshop. Whether the concern is broad and uncertain, or very specific, participants will leave with a plan for next steps to a solution. Come alone, or bring a buddy to work on a shared problem. All are welcome!


Over 30 neighbors gathered to learn how to raise awareness about neighborhood traffic problems, change policy, and fund safety improvements (crosswalks, speed-bumps, etc.) on neighborhood streets at the first of three Traffic Safety Action-shops on February 23rd.

The following transportation experts shared information:

  • Francesca Patricolo, Transportation Planner & Public Involvement Specialist at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) provided an overview of actions neighbors can take to get involved in Transportation Planning and Policy. She shared the key policy plans that neighbors should review to understand what is planned in their neighborhood and the importance of getting involved early and often to shape policy and funding priorities that impact safety investments made later. Her detailed presentation is a great reference if you attended a meeting or were not able to attend in person but would like to know what you can do. PRESENTATION: Track1_PlanningPolicy
  • Hannah Day-Kapell, Senior Planning Associate at Alta Planning + Design specializes in strategic planning for bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs and working with individual jurisdictions to build support for regional initiatives. Hannah shared information on environmental change or design that calms traffic and improves safety on neighborhood roads. PRESENTATION: Track2_EnvDesign
  • Sharon White, Pedestrian Safety Outreach and Education at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) works with neighborhood and community groups to develop customized outreach events, trainings at their neighborhood meetings, movie screenings and discussions, yard-sign distribution and more to improve pedestrian safety in neighborhoods and communities across Portland. She shared an overview of Vision Zero and its strategies for improving pedestrian safety. PRESENTATION: Track3_Traffic Safety Action Education Training   

Local neighbors also shared success stories about strategies that worked in their own neighborhoods:

  • Mingus Mapps from the Parkrose Alliance and Historic Parkrose shared successful advocacy efforts that resulted in reclassification of NE Sandy during the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan and long-lasting improvements for the neighborhood’s livability. PRESENTATION: SuccessStory1_ParkroseAlliance_SandyBlvd
  • Terry Dublinski-Milton, SE Uplift Board member and bicycling advocate, shared successful advocacy efforts from volunteers with BikeLoudPDX. Their work getting approval for and supporting data collection on trail diverters on SE Clinton resulted in the addition of permanent bicycle safety infrastructure. For more insight see this article from Bike Portland. PRESENTATION: SuccessStory2_SeClintonDiverters
  • Meesa Long and Lesley McKinley from the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association shared the success of a grassroots communication and education effort that resulted in such a groundswell of neighborhood awareness and engagement that the neighborhood was able to secure funding for sidewalks. For more information on the funding source, go here. PRESENTATION: SuccessStory3_BDSafeRoutesFunding

Participants also left with materials / handouts to continue their advocacy work including: Worksheet#1: Action Planning; Worksheet #1 Examples (3 included); Worksheet#2: Outreach Education Plan; Handout#1: Policy Planning Solutions: Handout#2: Outreach and Education Solutions.

Thank you again to our presenters, local experts, and attendees!

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