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New bicycle/pedestrian plan will set framework for active transportation policy
Oregon is regularly recognized as one of the nation’s top states for bicycling. To take the state’s leadership in active transportation to the next level, ODOT is developing a new Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Mode Plan that will update the state’s policy framework for bicycle and pedestrian modes.
A successful ODOT Bike and Pedestrian Mode Plan will help:
·         Refine the vision for the future of biking and walking in Oregon based on the overall policy leadership of the Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP).
·         Provide a policy framework to guide future decision making for bicycle and pedestrian modes.
·         Provide guidance to better integrate bicycle and pedestrian systems statewide and with other modes.
·         Promote connectivity, mobility, safety, accessibility, and other statewide goals.
·         Provide guidance to promote a consistent approach to balance the objectives of bicycle and pedestrian with other modes, and promote the selection of investments to meet those objectives.
This policy portion of the bike/ped plan has not been updated since 1995 and lacks the elements currently required of a modal plan. In addition, it needs to be brought up to date with changes to federal requirements and the goals of the statewide planning program. The Design Guide was separated from the policy portion of the plan and updated in 2011. The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Mode Plan is one of several statewide transportation mode and topic plans that further defines and implements the OTP goals, policies, strategies, and key initiatives.
There are various steps to plan development, from describing a vision and existing conditions to developing the policy statements throughout the plan. The process to develop the plan is expected to take about two years.
Public involvement is critical to ensuring a successful plan, and ODOT is committed to providing information about the plan update process and opportunities for public involvement. A consultant team will be selected this summer through a competitive process to assist ODOT in developing the plan.