Families for Safe Streets
The Street Trust is proud to support Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets! Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets is comprised of victims of traffic violence and families whose loved ones have been killed or severely injured in crashes. Our local group is modeled after the original Families for Safe Streets group, banded together in New York City in 2014, with the support of Transportation Alternatives.
Learn more about Families for Safe Streets and how you can help here.
2019 Oregon Legislative Session
Even without a huge transportation package on the table, there are plenty of opportunities to push our legislators to make our transportation system safer and more equitable, take climate action and ensure that people have stable homes.
The Street Trust will be at the Capitol for several different lobby days, and we invite you to join! Lobby days are a great way to weigh in on issues most important to you. Lobby days typically include transportation to and from Salem, an introduction or reminder on how to effectively lobby your elected officials, lunch, and scheduled meetings with your representatives. This is a great way to have your voice heard and hold your representatives accountable!
In 2018, 467 people were killed in traffic collisions on Oregon roads. These fatalities are absolutely preventable. With better design and regulation of our roadways, we can achieve our goal of zero traffic fatalities. The Portland Bureau of Transportation adopted a Vision Zero Action Plan in December of 2016 and The Street Trust is working to incorporate Vision Zero principles into state legislation as well as specific projects on some of our most dangerous roads.
As a core part of our Vision Zero strategy, The Street Trust is proud to support Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets. This community group is comprised of victims of traffic violence and families whose loved ones have been killed or seriously injured by aggressive or reckless driving and dangerous conditions in Oregon and SW Washington.
The Street Trust also works closely with Oregon Walks on Vision Zero implementation around the region. For us and our partners this work starts with better design and regulation of roadways, sidewalks, intersections and transit stations. Vision Zero policy must increase resources to better enforce traffic laws to make our streets safer. It incorporates best practices from the social marketing world to change behaviors that are most likely to cause serious crashes.
Get Buses Out of Traffic Now!
Buses are our future - some bus lines can carry as many riders as MAX and Street Car lines. We need to get buses out of traffic now so that they provide better service to transit-dependent people and give a faster option than driving a car. The Street Trust worked hard to advocate for funding and adoption of plans by Metro and the City of Portland that once implemented will give buses priority on many of our streets. The City of Portland has since adopted an Enhanced Transit Corridor (ETC) Plan as well as the Central City in Motion Plan.
We continue to push for rapid implementation and expansion of these plans to improve the travel time and reliability of transit all across the Portland region.
Getting There Together Coalition
The Street Trust is a member of the Getting There Together Coalition, a coalition of organizations in the Portland Metro region working together to advocate for livable communities for all - inclusive of all ages, abilities, races, incomes, and backgrounds. Together, we want to work towards building a regional transportation system that equitably serves everyone, not just some.
To get updates from Getting There Together regarding regional transportation discussions, sign up here.