As clocks turn back, PBOT urges additional visibility, care while traveling;
crosswalk enforcement action slated to promote pedestrian safety
(October 29, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.
Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 2nd, which means the clock turns back one hour and darkness arrives earlier in the afternoon. The City is urging all travelers to be visible and look out for each other, especially as people adjust to the time switch and low light conditions of late fall and winter.
Drivers can do their part by driving at or below the posted speed and continuously scanning the environment for pedestrians and people on bicycles and being ready to stop as needed.
Bicyclists, by state law, must have a white front light and rear red reflector or red light at a minimum.
Pedestrians are encouraged to be more visible by wearing retro-reflective wear, carrying a flashlight or blinking strobe, and investing in bright and contrasting outerwear.