Stories of Oregonians working to strengthen their communities by boosting transportation choices (some in partnership with Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) work, others on their own).
Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan - Going Virtual to Strengthen Community Engagement. The City of Banks used TGM funding 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. 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 TGM for 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.
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. 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. The plan is currently looking for funding.
Tigard aims to be "The Most Walkable Community in the Pacific Northwest." The City of Tigard has adopted a strategic vision 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, who TGM brought to Oregon to make a presentation (PDF) last year through its Education and Outreach program. Read more from the blog of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planners Association.
Multi-Modal Transportation Planning Pays Off in Ashland
Sisters Designated Walk Friendly Community