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Bicycle and Pedestrian Mode Plan

Bicycle and Pedestrian Mode Plan

Bicycle Pedestrian Sign ODOT has begun a project to update the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. This plan, like other ODOT topic and mode plans, provides a vision and a policy framework for decision making and investment strategies within the context of the transportation system as a whole. Mode and topic plans refine the broad goals and policies of the Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP), applying considerations particular to the specific mode or topic.

The Plan will provide a vision for the entire state system, including locally owned facilities, while defining the role of the State and ODOT. The Plan will inform decision making and guide investments strategies made through Transportation System Plans, Facility Plans, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and other programs, but will not include the identification of projects.

ODOT’s original Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (PDF) was developed in 1995. In 2011, the Design Guide was separated from the policy portion of the plan and updated. The new plan will not include a new design guide, though it may inform a future update of the Design Guide.

Creating a Successful Plan

A successful plan update process will result in the following outcomes:

  • Refine the vision for the future of biking and walking in Oregon based on the overall policy leadership of the OTP
  • Provide a policy framework to guide future decision making for bicycle and pedestrian modes
  • Provide guidance to better integrate bicycle and pedestrian systems statewide and with other modes
  • Promote connectivity, mobility, safety, accessibility, and other statewide goals
  • Provide guidance to promote a consistent approach for balancing the objectives of bicycle and pedestrian with other modes, and promote the selection of investments to meet those objectives

Public involvement is critical to ensuring a successful plan, is goal one of the Oregon Statewide Planning Goals, and is required by the state and federal governments. ODOT is committed to providing information about the plan update process and opportunities for public involvement throughout plan development.

Open houses or “Listening Meetings” will be held in five locations around the state in late summer/early fall of 2014. Meetings of the PAC are open to the public and a public comment period is set aside at each PAC meeting. Comments are accepted online or in writing at any time. A formal public review period of the Draft Plan will take place prior to adoption of the Plan.

Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)

Development of the Plan is guided by a Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) appointed by ODOT Director Matt Garrett and led by an Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) Commissioner Tammy Baney. PAC members represent diverse stakeholders from around the state. The PAC is tasked with helping to guide development of a balanced Plan that represents the whole state. PAC agendas and other information are available on the PAC website prior to each meeting. Each meeting will include a period for public comment, and written public comment is also welcome to be submitted through ODOT staff.

At the end of the process, the PAC will make a recommendation to the OTC on adoption of the Plan. The OTC is the governing body that adopts the final plan. The Plan then becomes a modal element of the Oregon Transportation Plan.

Technical Advisory Committee

A 16 member Technical Advisory Committee has been formed to discuss complex or technical issues and make recommendations to the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC). The TAC is comprised of diverse stakeholders from around the state with knowledge or expertise in certain areas needed for robust and well balanced discussion of issues.

The TAC will meet at key points in the process, approximately five times between the spring of 2014 and the summer of 2015. Over the course of the project, the Committee will provide advice and recommendations on specific aspects of the Plan such as the following:

  • reviewing findings from existing conditions research (summary of current policies, practices and programs) to pull out relevant issues, opportunities, and gaps that the PAC should consider addressing in the Plan;
  • reviewing and helping to refine the methodology for white papers (e.g. economic impacts of biking and walking); and
  • discussing potential performance measures.


Cycle TrackBicycle/Pedestrian Update Project staff includes:

Savannah Crawford
Principal Planner
Transportation Development Division, Planning Section

Stephanie Millar
Senior Planner
Transportation Development Division, Planning Section

Amanda Pietz
Planning Unit Manager
Transportation Development Division, Planning Section