This is the first time the plan has been updated since 1995, and much work has been put into it. Together with a coalition of transportation, health, and safety advocates, Kari Schlosshauer, the PNW Regional Policy Manager, submitted a letter of comments and concerns (pdf) to be addressed in the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan prior to final adoption, including:
- Programs such as Safe Routes to School, which should be closely referenced and supported in this Plan, are only given brief mention.
- There is a missed opportunity in not more strongly linking such education/ encouragement programs with infrastructure built by state and local partners.
- The Plan needs a better assessment of existing conditions. ODOT’s Region 1 Active Transportation Needs Inventory and Assessment provides an excellent process and example, and should be replicated statewide.
- Updates to the functional classifications of ODOT facilities incorporating 2015 conditions is required in order to accurately reflect Oregon’s commitment to improved bicycle access on specific streets.
- Include a true Multimodal Level of Service performance measures in the context of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
ODOT will present the Draft Plan to a variety of different stakeholder groups & will also hold an online open house available mid-December.
For more information, visit the Plan website, attend a presentation or the online open house, and be sure submit your comments before February 18, 2016. The next 20 years of walking, bicycling, and safe routes to everywhere depend on it.