Oregon lawmakers have a critical opportunity this year to address and reverse some of the inequities in our transportation system by adopting Senate Bill 395. By prioritizing safe routes to walk, bike and roll, this legislation will support vulnerable communities and increase equitable access to our roads network.

The ongoing impacts of systemic racism have resulted in people from Black, Brown and Indigenous communities being more reliant on walking, biking and public transit to get where they are going. Unfortunately, the inadequate investment in equitable transportation options have left these communities underserved by our existing transportation system and more vulnerable to danger.