Neighbors hang signs, banners aimed at slowing drivers after cyclist killed
PORTLAND, Ore. – Neighbors and business owners are asking for change after a bicyclist was struck and killed last week in Southeast Portland.
The cyclist, Tamar Monhait, was riding her bike near SE Water Avenue on August 21when she collided with a garbage truck.
Since then, locals have hung bright signs and flags in the hopes that drivers will slow down as they go through the area.
Below one banner hanging across Water Avenue is a memorial to Monhait. She is the second cyclist to die this year on Portland roads. Her father tells us she has saved three lives as an organ donor.
Monahit is just one of several pedestrians and bicycle riders who have been killed or injured in the area over the last few years. Those who live and work nearby, like Brigid Blackburn, co-owner of Cargo, say enough is enough.
“We just couldn't not do something, we had to do something we wanted to send a message to slow down and look around as they are passing through,” said Blackburn.
Along with the signs and banners, they have appealed to the city to make permanent changes to increase safety.
They plan to keep the temporary signage up until the city comes up with a more permanent fix.