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. The 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. The plan guides the state through efforts such as prioritizing projects, developing design guidance, collecting important data and other activities that support walking and biking in Oregon.
The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) adopted the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan on May 19, 2016. The final Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and Executive Summary will be available in the fall once editing, printing, and distribution occurs. More information can be found in the:
Plan Implementation and Next Steps
The plan directs the work of ODOT and will be used in the development of regional and local Transportation System Plans, other planning efforts, and in overall decision making that apply and refine the policies to specific geographic locations, framing solution identification, project selection, actions to help achieve the statewide vision of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and meet the specific needs of the area.
Implementation of Policies and Strategies
There are two types of policies in the plan, decision-making policies and deliverable-based policies.
Decision-Making Policies have an immediate and long lasting impact by providing direction in how to consider walking and biking across the state. The plan will help create tangible outcomes including, but not limited to:
- Opening opportunities to address speed concerns to improve safety.
- Assuring pedestrian and bicycle capacity is preserved.
- Increasing data collection over time to support decision-making.
- Providing safe ways to navigate construction zones or detour routes around.
- Continuing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programmatic funding.
Deliverable-Based Policies are those policies that require further research and development for a particular item or topic, such as updating the ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Guidelines. For those items under the responsibility/authority of ODOT, an Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (OBPP) Implementation Work Program will be created.
ODOT Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Work Program
In its continued commitment to making biking and walking safer, more accessible and more efficient, ODOT has identified a number of action items from the recently adopted 2016 Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan that can be implemented within the next five years. This document summarizes those actions and lays out ODOT’s approach. ODOT’s Implementation Work Program, combined with decision making direction from the Plan and existing efforts, represents the activities and direction needed to help assure "people of all ages, incomes, and abilities can access destinations in urban and rural areas on comfortable, safe, well-connected biking and walking routes" and achieve other outcomes described in the Plan’s vision.