Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Formally Adopted
SALEM – The Oregon Transportation Commission last week adopted the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, an important document that creates a framework for making decisions about bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs throughout the state. Although it does not list specific projects or design requirements, the plan does identify biking and walking needs and opportunities, with policies and strategies for achieving a connected, safe and efficient network today and into the future.
The plan was developed over the past two years with extensive stakeholder and public engagement, including advisory committees made up of stakeholders from around the state representing the active transportation community, businesses, non-profits, local governments and other organizations. The newly adopted plan will replace the 1995 version, with a much more extensive policy framework. The adopted plan becomes a modal element of the Oregon Transportation Plan, the state’s long-range planning document. This raises the prominence and importance of biking and walking travel options with other modes and topics, requiring explicit consideration and integration of biking and walking needs into transportation decisions across Oregon. Next up is implementation of the plan.
“We will be taking the hard work people put into this plan and putting it into practice,” said ODOT’s Transportation Planning Unit Manager Amanda Pietz. “Several of the policies will immediately guide decision-making, while others will result in specific deliverables, such as updated design guidelines.”
For items under the responsibility of ODOT, an Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Implementation Work Program is being created. This work will be programmed in the short-term (0-5 years), mid-term (5-15 years), or long-term (15 or more years). To keep up-to-date on progress, ODOT will continually update the plan website.