Thank you for allowing us to speak today about the WPC’s recently released Getting Around on Foot Action, a study and report of pedestrian priorities for improvement throughout the metropolitan region.
Thanks to our funders: the Northwest Health Foundation through their Physical Activity and Nutrition program. Also to FTA’s Jobs Access Reverse Commute program administered by TriMet and to Kittelson for helping us pay for the physical copies we have available today.
Introduce WPC mission and goals.
WPC’s Getting Around on Foot Action Plan was the work of about 2 years from staff and an incredible amount of time from Board members – particularly Phil Selinger - and volunteers. Our study methods included . . .
Review of Transportation System Plans of most jurisdictions in the metro region. This was mostly the work of one of our Board member, Jeanne Harrison. Those findings are available in the Full Report online and, we hope, will be of use as jurisdictions update their TSPs in the near future. We also interviewed 19 of the region’s jurisdictions’ planners, which informed our TSP reviews.
WPC conducted eight case studies with the assistance of PSU students. The case studies described in detail eight archetypical pedestrian environments, such as an urban highway corridor, town center, downtown area, and suburban neighborhood.
Neighborhood residents from all areas surveyed identified safer street crossings as their primary concern; the barrier are wide streets; short crossing times; and freeway interchange areas
Motorists often fail to yield right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Thus, being a pedestrian can be extremely dangerous. During the three-year period of 2004 through the end of 2006 there were a total of 14,340 pedestrian fatalities and 193,000 pedestrian injuries resulting from pedestrian-automobile crashes nation-wide (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA], 2008). Decreasing the occurrence of these crashes and increasing the incidence of drivers yielding right-of-way to pedestrians would increase both safety and the overall experience of walking. The majority of pedestrian crashes occur at mid-block crossings. Any alternative traffic control device that is not a traffic signal has historically had minimal effect on motorist yielding behavior on multilane roads. Because of the high cost of traffic signals their installation is restricted to intersections with high motor vehicle and pedestrian usage. The traffic signal warrant also limits the application of such devices to high pedestrian volume areas.
Independence for all community members – young, old, mobility impaired; equitable access to opportunities – jobs, services, and recreation
A bus stop must have sidewalks with curb cuts and nearby convenient crossings in order to be functional. Without that, . . .
Transit is an extension of the pedestrian network. Four out of five TriMet’s customers access transit on foot, and that means that improving walking access to transit is critical to increasing the quality of both the transit and pedestrian network.
Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS (FTA’s Jobs Access Reverse Commute program administered by TriMet)
The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (WPC) is a non-profit (501 c 3) community-based membership organization founded in 1991. WPC is dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe and attractive.
<ul><li>The Action Plan is designed to encourage decision-makers who make policies and direct investments to design a comprehensive pedestrian network as their priority and to fund its development. </li></ul><ul><li>WPC encourages community members to use this Action Plan as a resource to advocate for more walkable neighborhoods. </li></ul>Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
STUDY METHODS Resident surveys, jurisdiction interviews, neighborhood case studies, Transportation System Plan reviews Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
Transportation System Plans and Pedestrian Policies reviewed by WPC
Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org <ul><li>“ Newly constructed curb ramps create a safe alternative to the older, too-steep and poorly maintained ramps – and actually provide true ADA access.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Terry Moore </li></ul>
<ul><li>ACTION: PLANNING </li></ul><ul><li>1. Incorporate the key findings of Getting Around on Foot in Transportation System Plans and in Pedestrian Master Plans. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Consider walking and cycling in all transportation projects. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Prioritize and fund projects that improve pedestrian access to transit, including street crossings, and that close gaps in the pedestrian network. </li></ul>Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
ACTION: DESIGN 4. Design transportation system and neighborhood projects with pedestrians in mind early in the process. Design every transportation project and every land use development to improve the walking environment. Details do matter. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
ACTION: FUNDING 5. Prioritize stand-alone pedestrian projects for funding in Capital Improvement Plans and Transportation System Plans. Include a funding criterion that prioritizes active transportation projects in traditionally underserved communities and neighborhoods that are transportation-disadvantaged. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
<ul><ul><li>ACTION: FUNDING </li></ul></ul><ul><li>6. Allocate funding specifically for pedestrian and bike projects. We challenge elected officials and key decision-makers to identify specific funding mechanisms for active transportation projects. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Regional Flexible Funds must continue to target a meaningful percentage of dollars to walking and cycling projects that support active transportation. </li></ul>Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
ACTION: ENGAGING COMMUNITIES 8. Form and staff Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committees that are a formal part of the transportation planning and decision-making processes. Invite pedestrian advocates to participate in project-specific citizen advisory committees for transportation and land use plans and projects. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
<ul><li>ACTION: CREATING PARTNERSHIPS </li></ul><ul><li>9. Coordinate with public and private partners to use scarce resources to provide a seamless network that serves multiple purposes and maximizes community benefit. </li></ul><ul><li>10. Bring health officials into the planning process. </li></ul>Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org