Author Archives: INTERSECTION 911

Not Much to See Here

Twitter became more conducive than this blog for sharing and discussing issues related to transportation, land use, poverty, race and other intersecting matters of social justice.  Follow me at @Intersection911 Tweets by @Intersection911

My letter to the editor: Focus on root causes of traffic crashes, not the victims

Printed in the Feb 12, 2011 edition of the Oregonian. In response to the editorial “Needed: wary walkers“: It is heartening to see that The Oregonian shares the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition’s concern about the safety of walking. We agree that all road users need to share the road and be mindful of others. This is […]

The Manual: Uniformity vs. Innovation in Traffic Design

The shape of our road network is governed by strict uniformity guidelines set at the national level. Sometimes dubious requirements to widen highways and reduce traffic limit the local transportation engineer, who is forced to use old tools to fix new problems. With Portland, Oregon as backdrop and bicycling as a highlight, city traffic engineer […]

DIY Bike Lane Construction in Guadalajara

Intersection Visibility – Portland Parking Ordinance

This is not as thorough as Oregon state law, ORS 811.550 (17) , which also carries a “no parking within 20ft of crosswalks” provision. I believe enforcing this law in Portland would help make our crossings safer, while generating revenue that could fund sidewalk and crossing improvements citywide. Many SUV’s, pick up trucks and even […]

Building Portland’s Bicycling Future: If Not Now, When?

There is a great piece on BikePortland that sums up many of the challenges our local political leadership has faced (and created) when it comes to our bicycling future.  Some reactions to the story paint Jonathan’s article as overly negative or feel that it ignores the many bike improvements we’ve enjoyed in 2010. I have […]

Recent Tragedy was not an “Accident”

My letter to the editors of The Oregonian regarding their editorial policy on crash reporting: Dear Editors: As reported in The Oregonian (Portland police accuse motorist of negligent homicide after he struck and killed a pedestrian on SW Barbur), Angela Burke’s death is a horrific tragedy. My heart goes out to her family and friends […]

Twitter Log for 2010-11-24

"It's a veritable ice skating rink out here on 26.. cars sliding everywhere." – Portland Police officer on the radio. #timetostopdriving # If you want to follow the crash-by-crash action at home, you can! http://ow.ly/3e6i7 #policescanner # it's not all crashes.. someone just stabbed a horse in the neck and took off, somewhere in Multnomah […]

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