One item in the consent calendar stands out.
The OTC will formally approve a change in Oregon Administrative Rules on crashes that must be reported to the DMV:
|Raising the threshold of damages for reporting|
Things to note:
- ODOT and the DMV here continue to use the language of "accident" rather than "crash." This is a symptom of minimizing the extent to which many or most of these are preventable, and not in fact random "acts of God."
- Only high-end bikes have a value of $2500 or more. For ordinary bikes, the value of "a totaled bike" is equivalent to a "fender-bender." A kind of routine bike catastrophe is not reportable and therefore unimportant. This underreporting skews data that ODOT collects, and which cities and MPOs use formally in Safety Plans, in addition to making insurance claims more difficult.
- So this is a detail in the way that ODOT enacts a systemic bias against people who bike, and is an ingredient in the perpetuation of the more general autoist system.