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Police keep eye on Clinton Greenway

Enforcement action last week yields 15 citations, six warnings, one arrest

Portland Police last week conducted the latest in a string of traffic enforcement and education actions at the Clinton Street Greenway, one of the city's biggest hot spots for traffic conflicts.

Working with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, police on Wednesday issued 15 citations and six warnings for people driving vehicles, and two warnings to people ridings bikes with no lights. One person was also arrested for DUII.

Police conducted the enforcement on Southeast Clinton Street between 12th and 50th avenues.

PBOT installed two diverters last month, at Southeast 17th and 32nd avenues, to prevent people from cutting through the neighborhood as a shortcut.

The bureau had also installed 22 signs along the greenway, with messages including: "We built this to encourage walking and biking" and "Greenways are not cut-through streets."

Police last week were on the lookout for stop-sign compliance and drivers who violated "Do not enter — except bicycles” signs; illegal and unsafe U-turns; and people driving vehicles (including scooters and motorcycles) through the new diverters.

Also, police handed out Vision Zero pamphlets to inform them of the citywide efforts underway to reduce traffic fatalities.

Portland's 25-member Vision Zero Task Force includes members from Portland's police and fire bureaus, regional and state government and partners in emergency response, public health and community organizations.

Currently, the task force is working to develop two- and five-year action plans, along with performance measures. They'll produce their draft recommendations by April, at which time there will be time for public comment.

The next task force meeting is set for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 25 in the Lovejoy Room at City Hall.