Eugene Pedestrian Safety Summit

June 1, 2011  9:30-12:30. Eugene Public Library Bascom-Tykeson Room

Pedestrian Survival Rate by Vehicle Speed

Pedestrian Survival Rate by Vehicle Speed

Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) and the City of Eugene’s Transportation Planning Team are co-sponsoring a Pedestrian Safety Summit.  ODOT’s crash data indicates that in 2010 pedestrian fatalities statewide were the second highest in the last 10 years. Oregon’s pedestrian crash rate appears to be increasing while other traffic related deaths and injuries are going down. This Summit will bring together local and regional experts to present information on traffic laws and safety to improve travel behavior by everyone.

Ray Thomas, an attorney from Portland specializing in pedestrian and bicycle law, will present the highlights of Oregon’s Pedestrian Rights and Responsibilities manual that he authored. Ray and the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (WPC) recently championed SB424, a bill before the Oregon Legislature, to further refine when a pedestrian is protected under Oregon Law.

Ray Thomas will then talk about Portland’s ‘Share the Road’ ODOT-approved diversion program. He will be joined by Dan Barkovic, a City Prosecutor familiar with Oregon’s Vulnerable Users Law. Sgt. Derel Schulz and the Eugene Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit officers will also be available. Dr Travis Littman, a respected trauma surgeon from Sacred Heart will also be on hand. These experts will have an opportunity to make short presentations then take questions from the audience about improving pedestrian safety, pedestrian rights and understanding responsibilities of all roadway users.

Following the panel presentations and question period, participants will gather in a more informal format to discuss which issues are most important, what steps are needed to make Eugene safer for pedestrians and what Summit participants can do to implement these actions.

For more information on Eugene’s first Pedestrian Safety Summit, contact:

Holly McRae, BPAC chair at hollymcrae@yahoo.com or 541-968-0653
Lee Shoemaker, from the City at Lee.SHOEMAKER@ci.eugene.or.us or 541-682-5741
Tom Schneider, BPAC member at TomS12@gmail.com or 541-729-1263

Background:

Oregon fatalities almost double in 2010 over 2009:
http://special.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/sevendays/25522115-35/pedestrians-pedestrian-percent-fatalities-motorists.csp

‘Dangerous by Design’ is an extensive report on preventable pedestrian deaths:
http://www.transact.org/PDFs/2009-11-09-Dangerous%20by%20Design.pdf

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