The Street Trust is a non‐profit membership organization working to promote and improve walking, bicycling and public transit conditions in Oregon. We advocate for healthy and thriving communities where it is safe and easy for people to walk, bike and ride public transit. We envision a community where everyone from all racial backgrounds has access to safe, healthy and affordable transportation options in the neighborhoods where they live, work, learn, pray, and play. We want all residents to equally share in the prosperity created by investments in active transportation regardless of race, income, and socioeconomic status.
The Street Trust will continue to advocate for the Legislature to deliver rights to safe streets for vulnerable users and increased access to walking, biking, and public transit as we look towards the 2019 Legislative Session.
The transportation sector is the greatest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon. Making walking, biking and public transportation more accessible is an important piece of the solution. The Street Trust supports climate legislation that significantly reduces emissions and air pollution through transition towards a more just and renewable economy, funds equitable and low-‐emission modes of travel, and protects those most affected by climate change and poor air quality.
In 2018, 467 people were killed in traffic collisions on Oregon’s roads. These fatalities are preventable, and The Street Trust supports targeted efforts on local, regional and state levels to make our streets safe for everyone. We can achieve the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
Rights to the Road (HB 2682) -‐ Last year, a circuit judge in Bend ruled that bicycle lanes do not continue through intersections after a person on a bicycle was killed by a van taking a right turn. As a result, that person was not afforded the proper legal protections in court. We want to ensure that the law is clear that bike lanes continue through intersections.
Expand Driver Education -- The Street Trust is joining with Families for Safe Streets to add pedestrian and cyclist safety education and testing as a requirement of driver’s license renewal. License renewal is a good opportunity to refresh driver knowledge on traffic infrastructure and laws. By consolidating the Oregon Bicycle Manual with the Oregon Driver’s Manual and including testing during license renewal, all users of the road will have better knowledge of safety practices.
Safe Speeds (HB 2702) -‐ Speed limits should be set with the goal of increasing pedestrian, cyclist, and driver safety. The Street Trust supports giving cities jurisdiction to set speed limits to allow for context-‐ based speed limit decisions. In legislation that addresses speed limits, we want to see fair and equitable enforcement planning that does not disproportionately impact people of color and low-‐income Oregonians.
82nd Avenue -- 82nd Avenue is one of Portland’s most dangerous corridors. It is in need of crucial repairs and safety improvements and runs through many of Portland’s low-‐income communities and communities of color. The Street Trust supports the transfer of 82nd Avenue to the City of Portland.
Safe Routes to School (SB 561) -‐ The Street Trust was a strong supporter of funding for the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure (SRTS) program in the 2017 session. The first Request for Proposals for the program received an enthusiastic response, and we want to see the funds be accessible for communities that need it most. The Street Trust supports the reduction of the match requirement for SRTS from 40% to 20% to reduce barriers in developing meaningful street safety programs.
Housing stability and access to transportation go hand-‐in-‐hand. The Street Trust wants everyone to live in a community that encourages easy access to walking, biking, and public transit, and we want all renters to be able to be able afford housing in those communities. We support rent stabilization, eliminating no-‐ cause evictions and expanding residential zoning to preserve access to a stable home and ways to get around.
This is a preview of the bills The Street Trust will be supporting in the 2019 session. We anticipate that there will be other legislation we will support or oppose as the session gets underway. Contact us with any questions or to get involved!
Richa Poudyal, Advocacy Director
(503) 226-0676 x 14