Active Transportation in the County

Feature Topic Icon School Access Improvement Study (SAIS)

Completed in February 2016, School Access Improvement Study (SAIS) evaluated access to 53 public schools significantly impacted by County roads in urban unincorporated Washington County or within cities. 

  • The goals of the study are to:
  • Understand the extent of needs
  • Identify the projects that will make the most difference to student travel and safety
  • Prioritize projects 

Determine funding opportunities such as Gain Share, Urban Road Maintenance District, grants, and Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP).

The County worked with school district staff to develop a list of projects that improve safety and increase walking and biking. Not every gap or need is included on the project list;those that are included provide the greatest benefit. The project list will be updated as SRTS Action Plans, new development, and projects are completed.  Working together, the County, school districts, parents, and communities can improve travel safety around schools.

For more information, contact Shelley Oylear, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, at

Posted 3/11/2016

ActiveTransportationLogo2Active transportation is any self-propelled mode of transportation. Walking, riding a bicycle, and skateboarding are a few examples. Active transportation promotes healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment. It also complements public transit. Subscribe here to learn more and to get updates on the latest Active Transportation projects, plans and news in Washington County.

School kidsSafe bicycle and pedestrian facilities that provide connections to transit and the places people need to reach are essential to making active transportation a viable travel choice. Building out a complete and effective countywide transportation network for all users will take time and significant funding resources. We are working diligently to address this need with the tools and resources we currently have available, and we will continue working to identify new tools and resources for the future.

Read more about the current programs and projects that are building bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout the County...

Planning for active transportation

To encourage active transportation in Washington County, we are working to improve connectivity for bicyclists and those on foot.

Neighborhood bikeway logoThe Neighborhood Bikeway Plan was launched last fall (2013), which will help identify alternative neighborhood routes that bicyclists of all abilities can take when going to and from their destinations. Read more about this effort!

Bike Ped prioritization
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement
Prioritization Project was launched in 2011 to help plan for a complete bike and pedestrian system and produce a list of high priority needs to collector and arterial roadways. 

The county's Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan includes policies, strategies and maps that support the development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Washington County through 2020. We are in the process of updating our Transportation Plan, and have been reviewing the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan as part of that process. 


Constructing active transportation infrastructure
185th Avenue All major county capital projects are built to a multi-modal standard, with bikeways and pedestrian facilities. Since 1986, the Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) has constructed over 130 miles of bikeways and sidewalks on county roads that lacked or had inadequate facilities before. These projects are helping improve the connectivity of our bicycle and pedestrian system.

In addition, the Minor Betterment and the Urban Road Maintenance District (URMD)  program can construct small-scale, typically interim improvements that help provide a safer, more complete road network for all users—cars, bicycles and pedestrians. Examples include:

  • Pedestrian bridge on Walker Road west of 173rd Avenue
  • Sidewalk/pathway/shoulder improvements on 143rd Avenue between Cornell and Thompson
Rock Creek Trail at Evergreen
We've also applied for and received grants for the following projects:

Most recently, the Board of County Commissioners approved an allocation of $3 million from the 2013 Gain Share funds that will go towards the project development and construction of bicycle and pedestrian projects. Visit our Gain Share Project website for a list of projects currently in design.

Road Service Requests
To request a road-related service, call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623), e-mail us, or submit an online service request. Or use your smartphone: Typical road service requests include location of potholes, traffic signals not functioning, sweeping requests, missing or damaged traffic signs, obstructions in the bike lane, etc.


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