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Portland cyclists demands safety improvements to Southeast Powell Boulevard

Portland cyclists demands safety improvements to Southeast Powell Boulevard

This comes after well-known Portland chef Sarah Pliner was hit and killed by a semi-truck while riding her bike on Southeast 26th Avenue and Powell…

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This comes after well-known Portland chef Sarah Pliner was hit and killed by a semi-truck while riding her bike on Southeast 26th Avenue and Powell Boulevard. PORTLAND, Ore. — Cycling advocates in Portland are demanding more safety infrastructure at Southeast Powell and 26th Avenue after 50-year-old Sarah Pliner was hit and killed riding her bike by a semi-truck on Oct. 4.

“We really feel like Sarah’s death has highlighted how if we had safety measures in place perhaps her death could have been preventable,” said Sarah Iannarone, Executive Director at The Street Trust. “Because even though it might be a state highway on a map for those of us that live along these roads, they are our neighborhood streets,” said Iannarone. “We don’t get to choose. So, they need to be safe for vulnerable street users."

Southeast Powell is one of Portland’s "high-crash corridors," one of 30 streets where the highest number of crashes happen. Powell Boulevard is actually a state-owned highway, controlled by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), not the city. A silent protest took place at SE 26th and Powell Blvd today.

Cyclists are demanding ODOT to implement safety infrastructure for those on bikes at the intersection.

This is after Sarah Pliner’s death last Tuesday – who was hit and killer by a Semi-truck. @KGWNews pic.twitter.com/FAVewyP7MR — Daisy Caballero (@_DaisyCaballero) October 13, 2022 “This is a corner we’ve known is dangerous for a very long time,” said said Kile Johnson, chair of Bike Loud.

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