Public Comment: Salem-Keizer Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Salem Keizer Area Transportation Study (SKATS) invites you to review and comment on the FY 2018-2023 TIP – how transportation dollars can be spent over the next six years on transit, roadways, and bike and pedestrian facilities.

Comments on the TIP will be accepted until April 11, 2017. A public hearing is scheduled on April 25, 2017. 

Public Hearing for the SKATS Draft FY 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Air Quality Conformity Determination (AQCD).

Date: April 25, 2017
Time: Noon
Where: 100 High Street SE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301

Send comments to: Karen Odenthal 503-540-1608 or kodenthal@mwvcog.org

More information, including an interactive map, and the opportunity to comment online, can be found on the MWVCOG website.

Below are the proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects for the 2018-2023 TIP: Continue reading

May is Bike Month

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National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 4 – is your school signed up? It’s not too late!

The Fire Up your Feet Spring Activity Challenge has arrived in Oregon & SW Washington, and runs from May 1-31. Make sure you are ready to jump into your favorite activities and earn cash awards for your school at the same time. Make the most of your time online so you can spend more time outside being active! One activity tracker does it all, so parents, teachers, and coordinators can all use the same tracker.

In Oregon, the Walk + Bike Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk and bike to and from school and throughout their neighborhoods.

In Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club hosts friendly statewide Bike to School competitions for elementary, middle and high school students who can track their bike riding during May and earn prizes along the way.

Not a student anymore? Then Bike Everywhere & Bike More.

2/17 open house: Monroe Neighborhood Street Design

Clackamas County & Milwaukie — the County is working with the community to design improvements to Monroe Street, Thompson Road and connecting streets to increase safety and accessibility for all travelers – drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Monroe Street is a key east-west route across Milwaukie and northwest Clackamas County, an important link between downtown Milwaukie and Clackamas Town Center, and a valuable connection between the MAX Orange line and MAX Green line.

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The project also includes development of a Safe Routes to Schools plan for Whitcomb Elementary School.

Comment on:

  • Making walking and biking safer and easier for children and adults
  • What to do with the unimproved area of Monroe just east of 78th?
  • Balancing the need for on-street parking with the need to provide safe places for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Options for slowing traffic

The public is invited to learn more about design plans under consideration at a public open house.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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n the cafeteria at Whitcomb Elementary School – 7400 SE Thompson Road

A special presentation about the plan and design options will be presented at 6:45 p.m.

Join our feedback session on the OR Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Join Oregon Walks, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Safe Routes to School Northwest & AARP Oregon for an opportunity to learn more about the Oregon Bike and Pedestrian Plan that is currently being updated, why it is important, and have the opportunity to give feedback directly on the plan through ODOT’s online open house and written comments.

When: Tuesday, February 9th: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Oregon Walks, 1805 NE 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97212

RSVP here (facebook) or send me an email to let me know you’re coming. Thanks!

Read more about the plan here, here and here, and submit comments if you can’t make it! Your input is incredibly valuable; a weak state pedestrian and bicycle plan only makes it more difficult to move forward towards safer routes to schools and achieving the important goals of providing safe bicycle and pedestrian connections so badly needed in Oregon.

Oregon Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan – Open House in Portland

Attend an ODOT Meeting or Open House to provide input on the Oregon Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan:

 

Cascades West ACT
December 3rd, 2015
5:00-7:00pm
Cascades West Center
1400 Queen Ave SE, Albany

R1 ACT
December 7th, 2015
5:30-7:30pm
ODOT Region 1, Room A/B
123 NW Flanders St, Portland

Corvallis Area MPO
December 9th, 2015
5:00-7:00pm
Benton County Sunset Building
4077 SW Research Way, Corvallis

Open House
December 14th, 2015
4:00p-6:30p
Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS)
8114 SE Division St., Portland

Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
December 15th, 2015
ODOT Region 1, Room A/B
123 NW Flanders St, Portland

Other outreach events will occur around the state until the comment period closes Feb. 18, 2016.

Read our comments.
 

 

Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Opens for Public Comment

The Public Comment period for the Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan is open until February 18th, 2016, and you are strongly encouraged to review the plan and submit comments.

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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.

What’s most important to you when it comes to bikes and transit?

TriMet’s gearing up to create their first-ever Bike Plan, and they want your input. The Bike Plan will be their roadmap for improving bike access to transit stops, expanding parking options, and accommodating bikes onboard buses and trains.

Join them for an open house in October:

Monday, October 5, 5-6:30 p.m.
Community Cycling Center
1700 NE Alberta St.
Portland
Plan your trip at TriMet.org

Tuesday, October 6, 5-6:30 p.m.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Ave.
Portland
Plan your trip at TriMet.org

Wednesday, October 7, 5-6:30 p.m.
The Oregon Clinic, 1st Floor
1111 NE 99th Ave
Portland
Plan your trip at TriMet.org

Thursday, October 8, 5-6:30 p.m.
Orenco Bike & Ride
(west side of NW 231st at MAX tracks)
Hillsboro
Plan your trip at TriMet.org

Light refreshments will be served.