Traffic Safety Actionshop

Cross posted from our partners at SE Uplift, see original post.


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!

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Light refreshments 6 p.m.
Lents Village, 10305 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland


East Portland Neighborhood Office and SE Uplift have invited transportation experts to share information that will help you get started.

  • Presenter #1: Francesca Patricolo, Transportation Planner & Public Involvement Specialist, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Francesca will provide an overview of Transportation Planning and Policy as it relates to what happens on the ground in our neighborhoods. She will also share the importance of getting involved early and often to shape policy and funding priorities that impact safety investments made later, and what to be aware of, and tips for making change in your neighborhood.
  • Presenter #2: Hannah Day-Kapell, Senior Planning Associate, Alta Planning + Design. Hannah specializes in strategic planning for bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs and working with individual jurisdictions to build support for regional initiatives. Hannah will share information on environmental change or design that calms traffic and improves safety on neighborhood roads.  
  • Presenter #3: Sharon White, Pedestrian Safety Outreach and Education, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Sharon 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 will share an overview of Vision Zero and its strategies for improving pedestrian safety.   

We’ve invited neighbors who can share stories about what worked in their own neighborhoods.

  • Success Story #1: Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association secures funding for sidewalks through grass-roots communication and education effort. Meesa Long and Lesley McKinley will share the success of a grass-roots communication and education effort that resulted in such a groundswell of neighborhood awareness and engagement that the Neighborhood was able to secure funding for a Safe Routes to School grant from Metro. For more information on the funding source, go here.
  • Success Story #2: Successful interim safety project results in permanent addition of bicycle safety infrastructure on SE Clinton. Terry Dublinski-Milton will share the success advocacy efforts from volunteers with BikeLoudPDX experienced after getting approval for, and supporting data collection on, the design and trial of diverters on SE Clinton. For more insight see this article from Bike Portland.
  • Success Story #3: Parkrose Alliance advocacy results in reclassification of NE Sandy on 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Mingus Mapps from the Parkrose Alliance and Historic Parkrose will share the success advocacy during the development of the City’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan resulted in a policy change that will result in long-lasting improvement for the neighborhood’s livability.

We’re inviting you to work on your own traffic safety solution. We’ve set aside time for you to get help from Bureau staff & local experts in your community to hatch a plan and craft your next steps.

More about the Action-shops happening across the city:

Neighborhood District Coalitions have partnered to provide three Traffic Safety Action-shops across the city 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 be slightly customized but 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 change risky behavior. 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!

Action-shop FAQs

Accessibility? 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 503-232-0010 as soon as possible so that we can work together to address your needs.

How do I know this workshop is for me?  Are you looking for solutions to safety concerns in your community or on your street? Are you ready to take action on an issue close to your heart and home but not sure where to start or what to do next? Are you interested in exploring what’s feasible from people who have had success? If you have already had success, are you interested in taking your advocacy a step further? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then is the workshop for you! 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.

Do I need to RSVP? It’s not required but please do, as this will help us prepare and provide enough snacks and a productive learning environment for all. Even if you are interested, but not completely certain at this time, please register here and update your RSVP as appropriate. /node/5948