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Small-Scale Developer Boot Camp. February 10, Portland (evening event February 9.

15th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. Practical tools and innovative strategies for creating great communities. Feb 11-13, Portland.

Transportation and Growth Management Program 2013-2015 Biennial Report (PDF). Read about our recent work: over six million dollars awarded, 54 communities served, 73 planning projects funded.

Bike-Ped-Case-Studies-cover-image[1].jpgCommunities Helping Communities: Bike-Pedestrian Case Studies from FHWA. 86 examples of communities improving bicycling and walking across America.

ORMainStlogo.jpgRefreshed Main Street Program. The national Main Street America program has revisited its core model and refreshed it. For help boosting downtowns that are walking and biking friendly, check out the national and Oregon Main Streets program.

bikebusfog.PNGTransportation Growth Management 2015 Grant Awards: A list of the TGM 2015 Grant Awards is now available.

FHWA: Walking/Biking Projects Have Fewer Limits than Often Believed. The Federal Highway Administration clears up common misconceptions about limits on local walking and biking improvement projects done with federal money.

40+ Sources of Funding for Walking and Biking Improvements. A summary with links to local, state, federal and private sources of funding.

Parking Management: A Powerful Tool to Meet Community Goals. Want to boost business, save public resources, and foster a more walkable community? Think about improving how your community manages parking.

Man walking on sidewalk Cut Pollution - While Meeting Your Community's Goals: As part of the Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative, DLCD and ODOT developed a Toolkit to help communities identify actions and programs they can take to cut pollution while meeting other goals, such as spurring economic development, increase biking and walking, support downtowns, and creating healthy communities. The Tookit includes case studies and strategy reports.

Rethinking Streets book cover Rethinking Streets - Book Available Online: The University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative has released a new book which provides detailed information on 25 successful complete streets projects across the United States. The book shows how communities implemented street improvements and the results of the changes they achieved.

TDM Guide and Model Code cover Transportation Demand Management Module Available for Model Code: We have released a new module for the Model Code for Small Cities, focused on transportation demand management (TDM). The module is a guide for local governments interested in learning more about implementing a TDM program, including background information and a step-by-step approach to implementation.

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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).

MadeOnMainStLogo.pngMade on Main Street: Tapping Small-Scale Manufacturing to Boost Downtown. Using a TGM Education and Outreach grant, Grants Pass hosted a workshop and interviews from Recast City's Illana Preuss, a national expert on the maker movement and livability. Read more from Grants Pass including Preuss' presentation and final report with recommendations for next steps.

Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan - Going Virtual to Strengthen Community Engagement. banks.pngThe 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

Sidewalk diagramMulti-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 lanehttps://www.transportation.gov/fastlane/bike-ped-case-studies-from-fhwa widths and helped the city to identify needs and prioritize bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

Bikers on a bike path 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.

Suburb map 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.

Pedestrians crossing the street 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.

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