The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Region 1 (Portland Metro area) owns, operates, and maintains over 800 miles of state highway in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Hood River Counties. Our mission is to create a safe, efficient, transportation system that serves Oregonians needs whether they are walking, biking, driving, or taking transit. Unfortunately, less than half of ODOT’s highways in urban areas currently have sidewalks and bike lanes. The Oregon Transportation Plan sets a goal of completing the state biking and walking network by 2030, but adequate funding is not available to meet this target.
The ODOT Region 1 Active Transportation Needs Inventory is a pilot project that will help ODOT strategically:
1. Identify gaps in walking and biking facilities (e.g. sidewalks, bike lanes, paths) on ODOT highways, and
2. Identify areas where future investments may provide the greatest benefits for all users.
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The Active Transportation Needs Inventory was completed in two phases. Phase I updated ODOT’s inventory of pedestrian and bicycle facilities (e.g., sidewalks, bike lanes, paths) and identified gaps on ODOT Region 1 highways. The updated inventory data will be incorporated into ODOT’s statewide database. Phase II evaluated needs from Phase I and created a framework for identifying projects to advance as future funding opportunities become available. ODOT staff is currently conducting additional feasibility analysis for potential improvements at high need locations identified in Phase II.
Below is an informational diagram showing the process taken for the Active Transportation Needs Inventory during Phase I and Phase II:
The first two phases of this pilot project were completed between October 2014 and June 2015. ODOT staff is currently conducting additional feasibility analysis for potential improvements at high need locations identified in Phase II.
In Phase I (Oct. 2014 – Jan. 2015), the project team completed the following tasks:
- Literature Review: Completed a review of best practices for inventorying and prioritizing pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Click here to view the Literature Review Memo.
- Stakeholder Interviews: Gathered input from hundreds of stakeholders by hosting over 30 meetings with Metro, city and county staff, advocacy organizations, state and local pedestrian & bicycle advisory committees, neighborhood groups, and others. Click here to view the Stakeholder Feedback Summary Memo.
- Existing Facilities Inventory: Collected field data to update ODOT’s inventory of existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities (e.g. sidewalks, crossings, bike lanes, paths) on Region 1 highways. This updated inventory data will eventually be incorporated into ODOT’s statewide database, TransGIS.
- Gaps & Deficiencies Inventory: Reviewed local adopted plans to identify desired walking and biking improvements on ODOT highways. Reviewed updated inventory data to identify locations on Region 1 highways where pedestrian or bicycle facilities are missing or do not meet ODOT standards (e.g. too narrow, in poor condition). The updated facilities inventory and gaps & deficiencies inventory are shown in the Region 1 Pedestrian and Bicycle Needs Atalas.
In Phase II (Feb. – June 2015), the project team completed the following tasks:
- Suitability Analysis: Identified evaluation criteria to screen needs identified in Phase I. Began developing a framework for identifying potential projects to advance as future funding opportunities become available. Maps of the evaluation criteria and a detailed methodology are included in the Evaluation Criteria Data and Analysis Maps Report.
- Virtual Open House: Hosted a 3-week online open house to get input on public priorities for pedestrian and bicycle facilities on ODOT's highways. Comments received via the virtual open house can be viewed by clicking the links below:
- Implementation Guidance: Developed a project summary presentation and draft implementation guidance memo.
- Click here to view the ATNI Project Summary Presentation.
- The Implementation Guidance Memo is currently being revised. A final version will be posted online in early 2016.
- Corridor Summaries: Developed a draft Corridor Summary Report, providing a summary of the ODOT Region 1 Active Transportation Inventory and detailed evaluation results for high need corridors. The report is currently being finalized. A final version will be posted online in early 2016.
ODOT staff is currently refining the suitability analysis results and conducting additional feasibility analysis for potential improvements at high need locations identified in Phase II.
This effort will bewas guided by feedback from Technical and Stakeholder Advisory Committees representing ODOT, local jurisdictions and other key partners that will meet regularly from October 2014 to June 2015. The project will also be shaped by public input gathered through stakeholder interviews, a Virtual Open House and other community events. The final needs inventory will be used to help guide future decision‐making to complete the active transportation network on ODOT Region 1 highways.
A Project Management Team (PMT) comprised of key ODOT staff and the consultant team meets bi-weekly to manage the day-to-day activities of the Active Transportation Needs Inventory project. PMT members include:
• Jessica Horning – Project Manager / Region 1 Transit & Active Transportation Liaison
• Karla Kingsley – Consultant Project Manager / Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
• Rodger Gutierrez – ODOT Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities Specialist
• Steve Lindland – ODOT Roadway Engineering Unit Manager
• Basil Christopher – Region 1 Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator
• Lidwien Rahman – Region 1 Principal Planner
• Kristie Gladhill – Region 1 Traffic Safety Coordinator
• Alan Snook – Region 1 Major Projects Manager
• Laura Wipper – ODOT Asset Management Integration Section Manager
• Laura Hansen – ODOT Asset Management Integration Coordinator
A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) consisting of representatives from various ODOT units and technical disciplines will meet three times to shape and review project deliverables, contribute their expertise, and help build agency awareness and “buy-in” on the project. TAC members include:
• Stephanie Millar – ODOT Planning / Oregon Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Project Manager
• Karyn Criswell – Region 1 Transit Coordinator
• Sheila Lyons – ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
• Kate Freitag – Region 1 Senior Traffic Engineer
• Larry Krettler – Region 1 Senior Roadway Designer
• Tony Coleman – Region 1 Freight Mobility and Rail Liaison
• Magnus Bernhardt – Region 1 Landscape Architect
• Larry Olson – Maintenance District 2C Manager
• Jamie Miller – Maintenance District 2B Project Manager
• Dee Hidalgo – Region 1 Community Affairs
• Tony Stratis – Region 1 Bridge Unit Manager
Click on the links below to view copies of the TAC meeting agendas, presentations, and meeting materials.
- TAC/PMT Project Kick-off: October 31, 2014
- TAC Meeting #2: January 13, 2015
- TAC Meeting #3: May 5, 2015
- TAC Meeting #4: June 10,2015
A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) consisting of representatives from partner agencies and key stakeholder groups will meet two times to shape and review project deliverables, contribute their expertise, and help build awareness and “buy-in” on the project. SAC members include:
• Susan Peithman – Transportation Research and Education Consortium (TREC) / Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC) member
• Jeff Owen – TriMet Active Transportation Planner
• Lake McTighe – Metro Active Transportation Planner / Regional Active Transportation Plan Project Manager
• Shelley Oylear – Washington County Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator
• Katherine McQuillan – Multnomah County Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator
• Lori Mastrantonio-Meuser – Clackamas County Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator
• Don Wiley – Hood River County Planning Director
• Paul Blackburn – Mayor of City of Hood River
• Gordon Zimmerman – Cascade Locks City Manager
• Margi Bradway – Portland Bureau of Transportation Active Transportation Unit Manager
• Brad Choi – City of Hillsboro Transportation Planner
• Todd Juhasz – City of Beaverton Senior Transportation Planner
• Jason Rice – City of Milwaukie Engineering Director
• Mike McCarthy – City of Tigard Senior Project Engineer
• George Wilson – Mt Hood Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition
• Rob Sadowsky – Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) Executive Director
• Kathryn Doherty-Chapman – Oregon Walks
• Staj Pace – Travel Oregon Destination Development Specialist
• Ruth Harshfield – Oregon Health Authority Safe Kids Oregon Coordinator
Click on the links below to view copies of the SAC meeting agendas, presentations, and meeting materials.
- SAC Interviews: Oct. – Dec. 2014
- SAC Meeting #1: January 20, 2015
- PBOT Bicycle Brown Bag Lunch and Learn: February 19, 2015
- SAC Follow-up Interviews: Jan. – Apr. 2015
- SAC Meeting #2: May 12, 2015
- SAC Meeting #3: June 18,2015
The Oregon Highway Design Manual establishes minimum standards for pedestrian and bicycle facilities on ODOT-owned highways. In most urban areas, a minimum 6-foot wide sidewalk and 6-foot wide bike lane should be provided. In rural areas, paved shoulders should be provided to provide an area for people to walk and bike. Many of the cities and counties that ODOT highways pass through have their own local standards for pedestrian and bicycle facilities that may differ from ODOT standards.
To inform the Active Transportation Needs Inventory project, ODOT collected information on the location, width, and condition of all of the sidewalks and bicycle facilities on ODOT highways in Region 1. Based on this inventory, ODOT identified areas that are:
• “Gap”: No existing pedestrian or bicycle facilities (shown as red lines on the inventory maps).
ODOT also reviewed local planning documents to identify locations on ODOT highways where pedestrian or bicycle improvements have been identified as a priority by the City or County. • “Identified Need in Local Plan”: May currently be a Gap, Substandard, or Meets Standard. Additional desired improvements are listed in a local adopted plan (shown as yellow highlighted lines on the inventory maps).
• “Substandard”: Existing pedestrian or bicycle facilities, but they are in poor condition or narrower than ODOT’s minimum standard (shown as brown lines on the inventory maps).
• “Meets Standard”: Existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities that meet ODOT standards and are in good condition (shown as green lines on the inventory maps).
The updated facilities inventory and gaps & deficiencies inventory are shown in the Region 1 Pedestrian & Bicycle Needs Atlas. Click on the links below to view the Region 1 Pedestrian & Bicycle Needs Atlas:
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