More Portland Cyclists Mean Safer Portland Streets

2812912288_4b8533bc48.jpgPortland, Oregon. Photo: Lynette_1_2_3/Flickr

Today on the Streetsblog Network, people are talking about safety, among other things. Bike Portland has a post on how the number of bike commuters is up in that bike-friendly city and the number of traffic injuries to bicyclists is down, while Bike PGH wants to see some local response to the world’s number-one killer of children: traffic crashes.

Plus, Car Less Ohio links to a great petition from the Rails-to-Trail Conservancy, and Transportation for America calls for accountability on the "green" recovery package from Obama and the Congress.

These stories and more right now on Streetsblog.net.

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