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Bicycle and Pedestrian Mode Plan

Bicycle and Pedestrian Mode Plan

The Oregon Department of Transportation has released the Draft Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and Executive Summary for public review.

Click the video below to watch a short description of the Plan!

The public comment period is open November 13th through February 18th. Once the comment period closes, comments will be forwarded to the Plan’s Policy Advisory Committee for consideration and will be provided in the February Oregon Transportation Commission agenda packet.

To provide comments on the Draft Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, email them to ORBikePedPlan@odot.state.or.us.

Stay tuned for the online open house coming in December! The online open house is designed to take you through various chapters of the Plan and will provide an opportunity to make comments on specific Plan components. The online open house will be open mid-December and will remain open through the end of the public comment period.

What is the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan?

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan cover

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. This 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. Prioritization of needs and selection of walkway and bikeway projects are developed in processes that follow Plan adoption and will use the framework this Plan provides.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan’s vision follows:

In Oregon, people of all ages, incomes, and abilities can access destinations in urban and rural areas on safe, well-connected biking and walking routes. People can enjoy Oregon’s scenic beauty by walking and biking on a transportation system that respects the needs of its users and their sense of safety. Bicycle and pedestrian networks are recognized as integral, interconnected elements of the Oregon transportation system that contribute to our diverse and vibrant communities and the health and quality of life enjoyed by Oregonians.

The Plan creates a framework for making decisions and trade-offs, based on the challenges and opportunities Oregon faces today and will likely face in the future. To be effective, statewide policy plans need to be realistic about current and future funding levels and need to function within current laws. While the Plan is not intended to create a map of the bicycle and pedestrian network or develop new design guidance, this Plan is meant to guide the state through these types of future efforts such as prioritizing projects, developing design guidance, collecting important data, and other activities that support walking and biking in Oregon.


Plan Development Process

The Plan kicked off in early 2014, where ODOT developed the Plan through stakeholder involvement and public outreach.

A Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed to guide the process and review plan content. Elected officials, local agency representatives, business people, the Oregon Transportation Commission, walking and biking advocates, and other stakeholders across the state, including statewide, urban, suburban and rural interests comprised the 16 member PAC. A Technical Advisory Committee included regional and local transportation agency staff and other practitioners serving various areas of the state to help review and provide input into technical aspects of the Plan.

The public outreach and involvement included early input through statewide listening meetings, surveys and interview to inform issues and opportunities for policy development; presentations to the Area Commissions on Transportation (ACT); and the formal review period of the Draft Plan.


Cycle Track Bicycle/Pedestrian Update Project staff includes:

Savannah Crawford
Principal Planner
Transportation Development Division, Planning Section

Brooke Jordan
Senior Planner
Transportation Development Division, Planning Section

Amanda Pietz
Planning Unit Manager
Transportation Development Division, Planning Section