Neighborhood Bikeway Plan
Latest Neighborhood Bikeway Plan News:
Hundreds of your favorite routes were recorded on our interactive map over the last few months. Thanks for sharing! We will be combining this information with other routing strategies to come up with a refined list of potential routes, tools and treatments. We look forward to sharing these proposals in early 2014!
The next Technical Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled to occur on January 8, 2014.
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. We want to make that dream a reality!
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.
Work began last fall 2013 in creating the County’s Neighborhood Bikeway Plan. The purpose of the plan is to:
- 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.
To stay informed, make sure you have subscribed to our Bike and Ped Webpage. This will ensure you receive updates from us about opportunities to provide input.
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Materials
- Meeting #1 October 21, 2013 Best Practice Presentation
- Meeting #2 December 5, 2013 Wayfinding, Branding, Public Involvement
- Meeting #3 January 8, 2014 Routing, Tools/Treatment Strategies
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