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2015-2017 TGM Biennial Report (PDF). Read about our recent work: over five million dollars awarded and 44 communities served across Oregon

Transit Development Plan Guidebook. Transit Development Plans express transit provider goals and identify need and strategies to meet them. ​This guidebook provides best practices and recommendations.

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Capture.JPGReport: Character-Compatible, Space-Efficient Housing Options for Single-Dwelling Neighborhoods​. A guide for cities explaining key steps to encourage the development of cottage clusters, internal divisions of larger homes, corner duplexes and accessory dwelling units. These housing types often boost transportation choices for neighborhoods.

Portland's Parking Reform Efforts -- and a Toolkit. The City of Portland has been working for years to reform its parking program. Using TGM funding, the City has developed a parking management toolkit and a new residential permit program, done by neighborhood request.

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. TGM's collection of parking resources.

TDM Guide and Model Code coverTransportation Demand Management Module Available for Model Code: We have released a module for the Model Code for Small Cities, focused on transportation demand management. The module is a guide for local governments, including background information and a step-by-step approach to implementation.

Featured Resources from Other Sources

Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks. A 2016 FHWA guide for transportation practitioners in rural and small town communities on how to apply national design guidelines to a rural setting, with small town and rural case studies. Focuses on how to make incremental improvements in the face of common challenges.

Going Gray: How Aging Baby Boomers Will Challenge Suburbia. The Pew Charitable Trusts talks about the challenges of an aging population, and whether public services will be able to keep up, particularly in car-dependent areas.

Foot Traffic Ahead 2016. A report reviewing American's large and medium sized cities finds walkable areas have a 71% rental premium over driving-oriented suburbs. It also finds the most walkable areas are the most socially equitable, when it comes to housing and transportation cost burden.

FHWA: Guidebook for Developing Bicycle and Pedestrian Performance Measures. The Federal Highway Administration published this 100-page PDF report of how communities have developed performance measures for bicycling and walking, including items such as land consumption, job creation, crashes, and health.

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.

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.
Before and After: Visualizing Changes in Street Design. Sometimes it's hard to imagine what a streetscape could end up like if minor or major changes are made. The Brazilian Design Collective Urb-I has collected examples from around the world to inspire you.
ORMainStlogo.jpgRefreshed Main Street Program. The national Main Street America program has revisited its core model and refreshed it. For help making downtowns that are walking and biking friendly, check out the national and Oregon Main Streets program.
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 coverRethinking 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.

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Weston Works to Get Kids to School Safely
A TGM Quick Response project is working in Weston, looking at ways to help kids walk to school safely, in a community with few sidewalks. The community has identified pedestrian safety as a key priority and is looking to invest in its schools with an $8 million capital bond. Read more in the East Oregonian

Gorge Hubs Project Works to Reconnect the Historic Columbia River Highway, One Community at a Time. With help from TGM Education and Outreach funding, six communities along the Historic Columbia River Highway from Wood Village to The Dalles have banded together to develop a network of welcome centers, information centers, trailheads and rest areas for travelers -- especially hikers and bikers.

Klamath Falls looks to Boost Biking, Improve Health. Klamath Falls' Healthy Klamath coalition has used an evidence-based approach to improving health outcomes, and to focus on getting a three-mile separated bike lane designed and built. A Transportation and Growth Management planning grant funded a comprehensive bike-pedesrian connectivity plan for the city.

fentonsmall.JPGConnecting the Dots: Health, Transportation, and Walkability. In December 2015, national walkability and health expert Mark Fenton visited six Oregon communities to talk about America’s physical inactivity epidemic, and what we might do to stem the tide. The trip was sponsored by Oregon’s Transportation and Growth Management education and outreach program.

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 a copy of Preuss' presentation and final report with recommendations for next steps. Or view a video of her talk or a short excerpt on the importance of downtown design in promoting local economies.

Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan - Going Virtual to Strengthen Community
Engagement. banks.pngThe City of Banks used a TGM Planning Grant 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. Through our Planning Grant program, 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 lane widths and helped the city to identify needs and prioritize bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

Bikers on a bike pathImproving 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 a TGM Planning Grant to develop 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.

Tigard aims to be "The Most Walkable Community in the Pacific Northwest." The City of Tigard's strategic vision is 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, brought to Oregon with TGM Education and Outreach funds to make a presentation (PDF).

Related Stories from Around Oregon

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.

Multi-Modal Transportation Planning Pays Off in Ashland

Sisters Designated a Walk Friendly Community