Life in the streets. Documenting the culture of intersections.

Street narratives, public service announcements, ideologies, and other stories from the asphalt.

Do you feel strongly about an intersection? Please share your street story!

Snap some photos or a quick video with your digital camera. Record an audio file, write a haiku, paint a picture.

7th February 2011

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New website

Please note the location of our new site, http://www.intersection911.org

Sorry for the inconvenience, thank you!

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8th November 2010

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Where’s the Bike Lane?  Philly bike activists stage a die-in to respond to the lack of bike lanes on the new Walnut St bridge in 1990.

Photo by Ken Yanoviak, via Bike Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

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1st November 2010

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The Walking Climate in Oregon

While walking around Portland, I have noticed cars parked right up to the edge of intersections.  State Law forbids parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, yet this law is rarely observed in Oregon.  Another law many drivers do not know about is ‘Every Corner is a Crosswalk’, meaning that every crossing is a legal crosswalk, even if it is not striped.

I believe focusing on the color and reflectiveness of clothing is a distraction from Portland’s responsibility to comply with and enforce existing parking and crosswalk law.  By following through with education and enforcement campaigns, the city can help increase visibility at every crosswalk.

I understand police resources are tighter than ever, so it is incumbent upon Oregon to continue its record of innovation by designing roads that consider the safety of all road users.  We should listen to US Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood, who has advised state DOT’s to “Treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes.”

As posted to the Think Out Loud ‘Foot Traffic’ episode.

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18th October 2010

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Apologies for the Twitter Takeover

Over the past 6 months, I have been leveraging Twitter rather than this Tumblr blog for sharing documentation of livable streets issues in Portland and around the globe.  The content was feeling stale here so I though integrating twitter automatically would be the answer.

It’s not, sorry about that.  I’ll be removing this today.  Stay tuned for a new multimedia site at http://www.intersection911.org, better yet, follow me @Intersection911 on Twitter.

Thanks,
Steve

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17th October 2010

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Ooh boy! New @PortlandAfoot issue is here. Not a subscriber? You should be! http://ow.ly/2UCbI #pdxmedia

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16th October 2010

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"Measure 26-119 would simply replace an existing TriMet bond that’s expiring." why don’t we hear that from trimet? nice work, @alex_craghead

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14th October 2010

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Want a better Broadway/Weidler bikeway? Plan on attending open forums for the N/NE Qudrant/I-5 Central City Plan http://ow.ly/2TKoZ

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13th October 2010

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67 applicants to the BAC! Hope that provides some new diversity and energy to the committee.

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13th October 2010

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I support increased funding for Trimet, but this ballot measure wreaks of poor strategic planning, lack of stakeholder engagement, etc, etc

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13th October 2010

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Interesting reading about the Paparazzi using bicycles and the subway to get the jump on celebs in NYC. http://ow.ly/2Swwk

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13th October 2010

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As of today, the only funding measure I’m going to support is the Oregon Historic Society.

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11th October 2010

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Our engineers are ready to innovate, but we’re still walking on eggshells about bikeway projects. This is 2010, lets start acting like it!

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11th October 2010

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It’s a tale of two cities, two different densities. If we want to be a truly walkable, bikeable town, we have to muster strength to LEAD.

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11th October 2010

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There’s no question advocacy can improve, but we need motivated, resilient, decisive leadership in city hall. No more backpedaling in PDX!

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11th October 2010

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NYC leadership gets it, and it’s not without political costs. The difference here is that we haven’t put forward a clear message on our BMP

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