Friday Transportation Seminar (PBOT Edition): Safe Speeds Save Lives: How Portland is Managing Speeds for Safety

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Friday, May 15, 2020, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Matt Kelly, Portland Bureau of Transportation
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Periodically, we're teaming up with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to bring you special editions—featuring guest speakers from PBOT—merging our seminar series and the long-standing PBOT Lunch & Learn. This seminar is part two of a two-part series on Vision Zero. See part one with Anamaria Perez.



Speed is a key factor in how people experience Portland’s streets. Appropriate speeds help prevent crashes, reduce the harmful consequences of crashes, and can help streets become more comfortable and sociable spaces that support a variety of travel modes and uses. The Portland Bureau of Transportation will share information on how the City of Portland is supporting safe travel speeds through its Vision Zero work. Topics will include the left turn calming pilot project, speed safety cameras, speed limit reductions, and road reorganizations. Data on the results of these interventions will be shared, along with discussion of next steps for helping people travel at safe speeds in Portland.

Visit the City of Portland's Vision Zero site for their 2019 update to Portland's Vision Zero Action Plan.


  • Speed is a core aspect of designing streets for safety and comfort.
  • Portland is using a variety of tools to support safe speeds, including at intersections.
  • Managing speeds on multilane arterial streets remains a challenge.


Matt Kelly, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Matt Kelly is a Vision Zero Specialist at the Bureau of Transportation in Portland, Oregon; it is a position he has held since 2015. He has two Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in Urban Planning and in Communications.


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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