Portland community and neighborhood groups are encouraged to submit proposals for small-scale transportation safety projects to support Vision Zero, a nationwide program that envisions no traffic fatalities. Although Portland’s Bureau of Transportation claims that the city’s traffic fatality rate is among the lowest of America’s 50 biggest cities, the number of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists killed on Portland roadways each year has remained flat over the past 20 years. During that time, an average of 37 Portlanders died in traffic collisions annually, including 11 pedestrians, 2 bicyclists, and 24 motorists each year.
Grants will be offered for up to $20,000 to finance projects such as creative community infrastructure projects, events in city streets, urban trail projects and initiatives that support innovative community engagement. A total of $100,000 in grant money will be available to support creative community projects to make neighborhood streets, sidewalks and trails safer, more beautiful and open to all.
Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman said, “Promoting safety, mobility and transportation access for all Portlanders is central to PBOT’s mission. We created this program because small changes can make a big difference. We’re inviting Portlanders to put their local knowledge and creativity to work to benefit their communities.”
“I want to empower Portlanders with this grant program. They know best how their streets can serve them differently and better,” said Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat. “I know there is a lot of creative and innovative energy out there, and we’re very excited to see the proposals.”
Grant applications are due by August 31st, 2017. More information about the program, including the application form, can be found here at www.portlandoregon.gov.