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Mayor takes a walk for crosswalk enforcement

Talk about running into the mayor.

On Thursday, May 16, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will serve as a decoy for the Bureau of Transportation’s crosswalk enforcement event at East Burnside Street and 16th Avenue to raise awareness of pedestrian safety.

Hales will be part of the event from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

“Safety is the top priority of our transportation system,” Hales said. “I’m glad the police and transportation bureaus are joining forces to conduct safety actions like this.”

During the crosswalk enforcement action, a decoy will walk across the street in crosswalks, looking for drivers to stop. Drivers who fail to stop may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

The May 16 event is intended to raise awareness of a new pedestrian median island installed at the site this year as part of the Safe Routes to School program. The crossing improvement provides enhanced bicycle and pedestrian access to Buckman Elementary School and improves the 16th Avenue Neighborhood Greenway.

Burnside Street has been identified by the Transportation Bureau as one of 10 high-crash corridors.