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Case Studies

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Creating a Top Bicycling City - Corvallis


The City of Corvallis has some impressive biking statistics, earning a Gold Level rating from the League of American Bicyclists and boasting a nearly 11% bike mode share in the 2010 US Census. Within the city, 98 percent of arterial and collector streets have bike lanes and there are more than 18 miles of off-street bike paths. What has contributed to their success and what can we learn from their challenges?

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Creative Transit Funding - Corvallis


The City of Corvallis created stability in their transit operations revenue, established a mechanism for building capital reserves for planned expansions and fleet replacement, and at the same time made the service free and increased ridership almost 40%.

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A Model Oregon Downtown - McMinnville


McMinnville has created an active and vibrant downtown, improving even during the economic downtown of 2009-2011. The small city boasts new mixed use housing and low retail vacancy rates. In this case study, explore the factors and tools that contributed to this success.

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Transportation Management Association WTA - Beaverton


The Westside Transportation Alliance (WTA) is a non-profit entity supported by local governments and private donations. They provide employers in Washington County with a valuable service and supports jurisdiction’s efforts to achieve many community goals such as managing congestion, promoting alternative mode choices, and reducing emissions. The decade old partnership between WTA and Nike Corporation offers a look at a gold standard program. It also shows ways to make TDM work in a suburban setting.

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Creating A Healthy and Livable Community - NW Crossing, Bend


Northwest Crossing is a master planned neighborhood of about 500 acres. Although unusual in that it was a large tract of developable land within close proximity to an existing downtown, some of the successful planning strategies used there are applicable in other communities, regardless of size and location. Those strategies, aided by thoughtful negotiations between the developer and the city, found mutually beneficial ways to deliver high-quality public amenities.

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Hip to be Old Town Square - Wilsonville


The Old Town Square project had all the makings of a successful retail center: visibility, large acreage, and ample pass-by traffic. But congestion and lack of a complete transportation system stalled progress for years. Working together, the City, Fred Meyer, and ODOT were able to craft a foundation of mutual interest, leverage each other’s resources, and design a new vision for the site. The result is a mixed-use, pedestrian friendly center that works for retail and for the surrounding community.

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