Overlook Neighborhood Update (Oct. 29)

1) Watch out for trick-or-treaters on Tuesday (Oct. 31)
2) Street safety forum has large turnout
3) Tiny houses for homeless

1) Watch out for trick-or-treaters on Tuesday (Oct. 31)

Ghosts and goblins will take to Overlook’s streets on Tuesday evening. Even if you don’t plan to put out a pumpkin and hand out candy, please be careful when driving. The Oregon Department of Transportation reminds parents that children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween:

Remind your children to follow the same pedestrian safety rules they use going to and from school, such as only crossing at crosswalks, and looking left-right-left before crossing. Finally, review these safety tips:

  • Examine costumes — adjust length to avoid tripping, secure hats and examine masks to ensure full vision; improve visibility with reflective gear or tape.
  • Carry a flashlight and, if wearing a mask, lift it up as you walk from door to door.
  • Plan a family-friendly route — familiar, well-lit areas — and stay in groups.

And drivers need to remember not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking or enjoying other intoxicants. On Halloween and every day of the year, don’t get behind the wheel if you are even slightly impaired: the consequences could be tragic.

2) Street safety forum has large turnout

The Overlook Neighborhood Association’s Transportation Safety Committee and the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association are working together to improve safety on local streets.

About 60 people gathered at the Madrona Hill Café last week for a traffic safety community meeting. The event was held to gather feedback about traffic concerns and to build a network of advocates to help fix them.

Bike Portland has more coverage of this successful event.

This remains an ongoing project as we seek to work with the city to make sure that pedestrians and bicyclists can use streets safely and to discourage cut-through traffic. If you are interested in participating in short- or long-term projects on traffic safety, please send an email to info@overlookneighborhood.org.

3) Tiny houses for homeless

OKNA chair Chris Trejbal last week wrote about applicants for the county’s pilot homeless tiny house program. (Not to be confused with Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s decision to ignore city rules about tiny houses and RVs on private property.) Trejbal received a list of all applicants and pointed out that less than 10 percent came from west of the Willamette River.

Two dozen property owners in the Overlook Neighborhood applied. Multnomah County is expected announce who was selected for the pilot program soon.

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