Girl says she was sideswiped at intersection the place security fixes languish

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The crash-ridden intersection of SW Multnomah Blvd and Backyard House Rd.

On October fifteenth, a 42-year previous girl claims a driver bumped into her whereas biking dwelling from a visit to the grocery retailer. The crash occurred in an intersection well-known to transportation activists and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT): Southwest Multnomah Blvd and Backyard House Rd.

BikePortland wrote a couple of undertaking to enhance security at this intersection in 2018 and 2019. In a type of tales we touched base with Southwest Portland resident and bicycle advocate Eric Wilhelm:

Wilhelm (like many others in our group) is uninterested in ready years for fixes to intersections which can be well-known to pose imminent hazards for bicycle customers. “It’s been practically three years since Kurkowski was killed right here, with no modifications.”

Now it’s been 5 years since Kurkowski was killed. And fixes to the intersection that when appeared imminent nonetheless haven’t occurred. That delay was nearly lethal for Kwen Peterson, the lady who says she was hit there on October fifteenth. Right here’s her story:

At in regards to the 4th or fifth inexperienced sprint I noticed the aspect of a blue Prius that narrows in from behind me and sideswipes me. A lot of the drive went into my grocery laden panniers and thrust me to the best.

It was Friday, October fifteenth round midday, sunny day. My bike is scorching pink, my traditional ortlieb panniers are pink, my pants are pink with small black polkadot, my yellow excessive visibility with silver reflective striping jacket is on, and my rear pink gentle is flashing. Sure, I appear to be a clown circus on parade.

I used to be touring on SW Multnomah going East and the highway curves towards the North.  As I approached the curve there have been no automobiles in entrance of me and I had handed no automobiles since I had entered from 71st. Upon getting into the curve I glanced to my aspect about 90 levels however not again behind me since I used to be following the principle highway—it was clear. My approximate velocity is barely about 10 mph since I’m packing 25 lbs of groceries. At in regards to the 4th or fifth inexperienced sprint I noticed the aspect of a blue Prius that narrows in from behind me and sideswipes me. A lot of the drive went into my grocery laden panniers and thrust me to the best. My bike crashed proper and and I fell off the bike onto my left aspect.

My helmet was cracked close to the bottom of my cranium on the left aspect and my bike’s proper rubber grip received highway chewed–in any other case no everlasting harm carried out. My left elbow, hip, shoulder, and knee all received highway rash and are bruised.

The driving force immediately behind the Prius stopped visitors along with her automobile and eliminated my bike from the highway. One other male driver helped me from a mendacity place and up onto my toes and into the bushes on the nook of 69th Ave. The Prius proprietor by then had walked again down Spring Backyard from the place she had parked her automobile. I refused thrice for an ambulance to be known as.

So what occurred? The driving force of the Prius defined that her aged mom had gotten knocked down the day earlier than and was within the hospital with a potential damaged hip and he or she was on her approach to go to her. She claims that she had seen me from a distance, however then as she got here in shut behind and alongside aspect, she forgot all about me. She said she was too emotionally distracted.

My guess is that as a result of the highway may be very extensive and goes straight up the hill of Spring Backyard, that driver’s eyeballs are wanting far out to the crest of the hill. I used to be actually neglected.

So no quantity of signage, paint striping, day-glo clown costuming, flashing lights, or visitors slowing was sufficient to stop this incident. Extra have to be carried out.  Portland Bureau of Transportation is aware of simply what the problems are and how you can clear up it. I’d increase my hand to enthusiastically vote for securing the funding besides that my arm is simply too bloody and bruised.

(We tried to confirm this story with a witness and the driving force (each offered by Peterson), however had been unable to attach with them.)

PBOT plan for the intersection of SW Backyard House Blvd and Multnomah Blvd

The intersection has a brand new design (above), and a undertaking web site, however the undertaking seems to be stalled for lack of funding. In keeping with the web site, the “undertaking has obtained $1 million from Washington County MSTIP and $1.2 million Metropolis of Portland Transportation System Growth Costs. PBOT is actively exploring further funding choices.”

Lisa Caballero

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