Gorge Hubs Project Works to Reconnect the Historic Columbia River Highway, One Community at a Time. With help from TGM Education and Outreach funding, six communities along the Historic Columbia River Highway from Wood Village to The Dalles have banded together to develop a network of
welcome centers, information centers, trailheads and rest areas for travelers --
especially hikers and bikers.
Klamath Falls looks to Boost Biking, Improve Health. Klamath Falls' Healthy Klamath coalition has used an evidence-based approach to improving health outcomes, and to focus on getting a three-mile separated bike lane designed and built. A Transportation and Growth Management planning grant funded a comprehensive bike-pedesrian connectivity plan for the city.
Connecting the Dots: Health, Transportation, and Walkability. In December 2015, national walkability and health expert Mark Fenton visited six Oregon communities to talk about America’s physical inactivity epidemic, and what we might do to stem
the tide. The trip was sponsored by Oregon’s Transportation and Growth Management
education and outreach program.
Made on Main Street: Tapping Small-Scale Manufacturing to Boost Downtown. Using a TGM Education and Outreach grant, Grants Pass hosted a workshop and interviews from Recast City's Illana Preuss, a national expert on the maker movement and livability. Read more from Grants Pass including a copy of Preuss' presentation and final report with recommendations for next steps. Or view a video of her talk or a short excerpt on the importance of downtown design in promoting local economies.
Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan - Going Virtual to Strengthen Community Engagement. The City of Banks used a TGM Planning Grant to develop a convenient and safe bicycle and pedestrian network within the city and connecting to regional trail systems. To boost community engagement, the City held a virtual open house (link) in addition to a traditional open house. In the virtual open house, a Planning Commission member leads participants through virtual rooms, each with a topic – general project information, draft goals and objectives, existing plans and policies, and draft recommendations. The interface offers an opportunity to comment on the goals and objectives and an interactive map to share ideas, thoughts, and concerns. Learn more.
Multi-Modal Level-of-Service: Baker City’s Transportation System Plan Update. Through our Planning Grant program, TGM funded an update to Baker City’s transportation system plan that used a new analysis tool: Multi-Modal Level-of-Service (MMLOS). The city was interested in how walkers, bicyclists, and transit users, as well as motorists, perceive their travel experience. They also wanted a way to better illustrate the trade-offs among modes. The MMLOS method analyzed factors such as sidewalk presence and width, vehicle volumes and speeds, amount of heavy truck traffic, and motor vehicle and bicycle lane widths and helped the city to identify needs and prioritize bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
Improving Community Connectivity: Oakland’s Local Street Network Plan. A small, rural community with a tourism-based economy, Oakland’s downtown core is a registered historic district. The city received funding from a TGM Planning Grant to develop a plan to increase travel connections in the community and increase options for residents and tourists to more safely and conveniently walk or bicycle. As a follow-up, Oakland will be working with TGM’s Code Assistance program to make code changes to implement the local street network plan and ensure that future development will preserve and enhance the historic character of the community.
Tigard aims to be "The Most Walkable Community in the Pacific Northwest." The City of Tigard's strategic vision is to become the best place to walk in the region, where people of all ages and abilities can walk where they want to go. Tigard's effort included a walking tour with Dr. James Sallis, brought to Oregon with TGM Education and Outreach funds to make a presentation (PDF).
Reknitting the Suburbs for Health, Parks and Schools: the Augusta Lane Bridge. Washington County is looking to build a bridge to reknit a suburb split apart by traditional cul-de-sac development, and used a health impact assessment to inform the planning.
Multi-Modal Transportation Planning Pays Off in Ashland
Sisters Designated a Walk Friendly Community