This week we’ve been urging City Council to commit to safety on SW Barbur by initiating further study of potentially life-saving improvements over and around the Newbury and Vermont bridges. Today, we received exciting news from Commissioner Novick’s office: they intend to conduct a study and ensure that the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has the time and resources it needs to find the right solution.

This would not have happened without your support and the involvement of hundreds of BTA members and a coalition of community members including Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc., SW Trails, Friends of Barbur, Oregon Walks, Lewis and Clark College, City Club of Portland, the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee and others.

We are still encouraging supporters of a safer SW Barbur to show up and testify tomorrow, but with a different message. The new message is, “Thank you for putting safety first.”


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