Neighborhood Bikeway Plan
Latest Neighborhood Bikeway Plan News:
The first Neighborhood Bikeway Plan Technical Advisory Committee meeting was held on October 21 at the Beaverton Community Center. The committee and interested members from the public were in attendance to listen in on a presentation explaining the elements that make a great neighborhood bikeway.
Imagine a network of safe and enjoyable streets to ride your bicycle on that connects you to other neighborhoods and destinations including schools, parks, transit stops, and businesses. Let’s make that dream a reality! You can help!
The County invites you to help plan and create a network of neighborhood bikeways!
What is a neighborhood bikeway?
A neighborhood bikeway is a low-traffic, low-speed street that provides bicyclists, especially those who are not comfortable riding on busy streets, a safer and more relaxing place to ride. While many residential streets are already comfortable for most bicyclists, a neighborhood bikeway can go the extra step by providing signage to neighborhood destinations and safe crossings at major streets. They also encourage motorists to travel at slower speeds.
Neighborhood Bikeway goals:
- Shift biking and walking from being recreational only to a viable transportation option to get to most destinations.
- Move us beyond designing bicycle facilities for the ‘spandex crowd’ to making bicycling safe and convenient for all ages and abilities.
- Encourage biking and walking as a means of creating vibrant and healthy communities, regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnicity, or economic background.
Neighborhood Bikeway benefits:
- Improves the experience getting around your neighborhood - inviting residents to choose walking or biking to local destinations instead of driving.
- Offers more pleasant bike routes than busier streets with bike lanes.
- Reduces traffic congestion by enhancing bicycling options for short trips.
- Increases local economic activity and property values.
- Reduces CO2 emissions.
- Increases fitness opportunities to improve public health and well-being.
- Encourages bicycling for a broader range of ages and abilities.
Starting this fall 2013, work will begin on creating the County’s Neighborhood Bikeway Plan. This plan will:
- Identify a network of proposed neighborhood bikeway corridors/routes;
- Develop guidelines for neighborhood bikeway treatments, including tools and design features to make them safe and pleasant to live and bike along;
- Create a process for neighborhood bikeway project development (including neighborhood involvement) in preparation for design and construction.
We need your help and ideas!
First off, make sure you have subscribed to our Bike and Ped Webpage. This will ensure you receive updates from us about opportunities to provide input.
Some of the input we’ll be looking for includes:
- Which residential streets you prefer to ride on in your neighborhood?
- Which residential streets do you avoid?
- What changes would you want to see to these streets in order to make them better for biking?
- What neighborhood streets do you usually bike on? Share your bike routes with us on our online interactive map (map right) or print a map to record your routes and comments and then send them to us.
Project funding info
This project is jointly funded through the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management (“TGM”) Program, with our partners, ODOT and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. It is financed with federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (“MAP-21”) funds and matching County funds.
Email the Bike and Ped Team
Call Shelley at (503) 846-7819 or Oliver at (503) 846-7908