Coalition Comments on Metro Active Transportation Plan

How we get around is changing. Oregonians are driving less, and they want and need safer, more efficient transportation choices. Metro is creating an unprecedented regional Active Transportation Plan to guide investments in walking, biking, and transit access across the greater Portland region. 1000 Friends has joined a coalition of eight healthy and livability organizations to submit comments on the draft plan.

The eight groups--1000 Friends, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Coalition for a Livable Future, AARP, Elders in Action, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Upstream Public Health, and Oregon Walks--support the ATP, which is a vital part of creating a healthier, more equitable, and more affordable transportation system for all the region's residents. When adopted, the plan will help fill gaps in the existing active transportation network, build safer connections and facilities, and fund vital investments for our future.

The plan does not change existing local transportation plans in Metro's member cities and counties, but does knit them together in an unprecedented way, helping create a clearer path to funding the great projects that will improve our communities. 

However, funding is the largest area of concern that we and our coalition partners have. At current rates of funding, it will take as many as 150 years to complete proposed regional walking and bicycling networks. We would like to see better assurance that the plans will be funded and built well much, much sooner.

Read our letter below, or click here to download.

 

Share Your Thoughts on Walking and Biking in Your Community.

Metro's public comment period ends Monday, May 5.

Review the draft plan here, and submit comments by May 5 to rtp@oregonmetro.gov.

For more information and some points to consider, please visit Safe Routes to Schools' website.