The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan is a statewide policy plan and serves as an element of the Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP), which covers all modes of transportation in the state of Oregon. The plan supports decision-making for walking and biking investments, strategies and programs that can help bring an interconnected, robust, efficient and safe transportation system for Oregon. The plan guides the state through efforts such as prioritizing projects, developing design guidance, collecting important data and other activities that support walking and biking in Oregon.
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) adopted the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan on May 19, 2016. The final Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and Executive Summary will be available in the fall once editing, printing, and distribution occurs. More information can be found in the:
Plan Implementation and Next Steps
The plan directs the work of ODOT and will be used in the development of regional and local Transportation System Plans, other planning efforts, and in overall decision making that apply and refine the policies to specific geographic locations, framing solution identification, project selection, actions to help achieve the statewide vision of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and meet the specific needs of the area.
Implementation of Policies and Strategies
There are two types of policies in the plan, decision-making policies and deliverable-based policies.
Decision-Making Policies have an immediate and long lasting impact by providing direction in how to consider walking and biking across the state. The plan will help create tangible outcomes including, but not limited to:
- Opening opportunities to address speed concerns to improve safety.
- Assuring pedestrian and bicycle capacity is preserved.
- Increasing data collection over time to support decision-making.
- Providing safe ways to navigate construction zones or detour routes around.
- Continuing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programmatic funding.
Deliverable-Based Policies are those policies that require further research and development for a particular item or topic, such as updating the ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Guidelines. For those items under the responsibility/authority of ODOT, an Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (OBPP) Implementation Work Program will be created.
ODOT Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Work Program
ODOT will develop an Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian (OBPP) Work Program within six months following adoption of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The ODOT OBPP Work Program will be shared with the OTC and periodically reviewed.
The ODOT OBPP Work Program will describe the approach to implementing deliverable-based policies. Deliverables will be divided into three phases: short term (0-5 years after adoption), mid-term (5-15 years after adoption), and long-term (15+ years after adoption).
The short term actions will include each of the Plan Key Initiatives (defining the network, data, and performance measures) and be the most detailed. The mid and long term actions will be identified in the implementation work program, but will be high level until they are further refined with updates to the work program.
As work items are completed, they will inform decision making across the state and may trigger amendments or updates to the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which is meant to be a living document that evolves to changing needs and understanding.