Beaverton teens who won award from Suzanne Bonamici highlighted safety concerns where motorist hit congresswoman

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U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici is recovering at dwelling together with her husband, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon, after they had been struck by a motorist in Northwest Portland on Friday evening.

Among these wishing the Oregon Democrat a speedy restoration are 13-year-olds Anusha Jeyakumar and Nivedha Sathish Kumar and 14-year-old Sahana Muthaiya of Beaverton, who in November won the 2022 Congressional App Challenge for Oregon’s First Congressional District from Bonamici’s workplace.

The app, known as BikeBetter, makes use of publicly accessible Oregon Department of Transportation information to indicate customers, particularly bicyclists, routes with a purpose to keep away from high-crash areas.

The app exhibits that Northwest Everett Street, where Bonamici and Simon had been strolling round 8:44 p.m., has recorded 20 crashes involving bicyclists previously 15 years. But solely a type of crashes occurred close to the intersection of Northwest nineteenth Avenue, where the couple walked. They had attended the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Service at Congregation Beth Israel on Friday, together with elected leaders resembling Gov. Tina Kotek, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Portland Commissioners Carmen Rubio and Dan Ryan and Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson.

The teens need extra consideration paid to harmful roads — and for folks to take care when utilizing them. The app covers Hillsboro, Beaverton and Portland.

“There are quite a few streets that are alarming,” stated Nivedha, “and Everett is definitely one of them.”

The Portland Bureau of Transportation encourages bicyclists to make use of Northwest Flanders Street, a neighborhood greenway that includes safer infrastructure.

The Beaverton teens, buddies by way of household, share a love of biking and began coding in the course of the pandemic, they stated through Zoom Sunday. They used the programming language Kotlin to create the Android app as soon as they heard in regards to the Congressional contest and had been impressed to enter. In the longer term, they could recode it with a unique language to make it suitable with different gadgets, stated Anusha.

Friday’s collision occurred when a motorist made a sluggish flip and knocked the couple down, in response to Portland Police spokesperson Kevin Allen. The congresswoman, 68, was handled for a concussion and a laceration to her head. Simon, 66, was handled for minor accidents.

The driver was cooperative with police and stayed on the scene, Allen stated. She was not arrested or cited.

Collisions like this one “can happen to anyone,” stated Sahana. “We want to make sure everyone is cautious,” she added. “We send out our warmest wishes to Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.”

— Beth Slovic; bslovic@oregonian.com; 503-221-8551

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