Getting Around on Foot Action Plan

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Getting Around on Foot Action Plan identifies pedestrian priorities for improvement throughout the Portland metropolitan region.

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  • 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.
  • Also introduce the BTA Getting Around on Foot Action Plan
  • 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.
  • Walking to school translates to 2/3 of a student’s daily recommended exercise. Walking just two miles a day cuts the risk of death from stroke almost in half. The walkers' risk of death is especially lower from cancer. There are many health benefits of an active lifestyle. If you walk regularly, you are saving $330 a year in health care costs (The Physician and Sportsmedicine). Even active smokers spent $369 less a year on healthcare than couch potatoes who smoked. In 2008, according to the US Bureau of Labor & Statistics, the average household spent the same, almost dollar for dollar, on health care as it did on gasoline. Speaking of money . . . Getting Around on Foot Action Plan
  • A walkable neighborhoods gives you more economic freedom. People have more choices about what to buy when they’re not indentured to the gas pump. The average household in 2008 spent almost $3000 in gasoline, the same amount as they spent on health care. As an aside, people in the developed world spend as much or more on gasoline as people in the developing world spend on food [citation needed] Getting Around on Foot Action Plan
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Jurisdiction planners
  • 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
  • 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.
  • We encourage decision-makers who make policies and direct investments to design a comprehensive pedestrian network as their priority and to fund its development.
  • We encourage decision-makers who make policies and direct investments to design a comprehensive pedestrian network as their priority and to fund its development.
  • We encourage decision-makers who make policies and direct investments to design a comprehensive pedestrian network as their priority and to fund its development.
  • We encourage decision-makers who make policies and direct investments to design a comprehensive pedestrian network as their priority and to fund its development.
  • We encourage decision-makers who make policies and direct investments to design a comprehensive pedestrian network as their priority and to fund its development.
  • We encourage decision-makers who make policies and direct investments to design a comprehensive pedestrian network as their priority and to fund its development.
  • 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.
  • Getting Around on Foot Action Plan

    1. 1. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Willamette Pedestrian Coalition Getting Around on Foot Action Plan
    2. 2. <ul><li>The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe, convenient, and attractive. </li></ul>Willamette Pedestrian Coalition Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    3. 3. <ul><li>Why Walking Matters </li></ul><ul><li>About Getting Around on Foot </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Key Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Get Involved </li></ul>Getting Around on Foot Action Plan Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    4. 4. <ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Finances </li></ul><ul><li>Equity </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering Community </li></ul>Why Walking Matters
    5. 5. Health Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    6. 6. Traffic Safety
    7. 7. Personal Finance Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    8. 8. Thanks to Our Sponsors Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    9. 9. <ul><li>The WPC developed the Getting Around on Foot Action Plan to serve as a guide to laying the groundwork for a strategic network that allows people to move in their communities and access transit to other areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Actions outlined in this plan can be accomplished with vision and the will to make them happen. </li></ul>Getting Around on Foot Action Plan Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    10. 10. <ul><li>STUDY METHODS </li></ul><ul><li>Resident surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Jurisdiction interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Neighborhood case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation System Plan (TSP) reviews </li></ul>Getting Around on Foot Action Plan Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    11. 11. Transportation System Plans and Pedestrian Policies reviewed by WPC
    12. 12. Jurisdictions -What We Learned <ul><li>A few TSPs call for annual set-aside bike/ped funding. </li></ul><ul><li>Funding for pedestrian improvements is needed </li></ul><ul><li>Some TSPs’ functional classification for roadways are silent on required or planned pedestrian treatments. </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Some, but not all, jurisdictions have citizen transportation committees. </li></ul><ul><li>Employers should be engaged and play a role in pedestrian infrastructure planning and promotion. </li></ul><ul><li>Too often sidewalks and intersections are improved only as part of a larger roadway widening project. </li></ul>Jurisdictions -What We Learned
    14. 14. <ul><li>To increase connectivity, some jurisdictions with irregular and large blocks are looking at introducing mid-block street crossings. </li></ul><ul><li>Some communities place a priority on exclusivity rather than connectivity and cul-de-sacs are preferred. </li></ul>Jurisdictions -What We Learned
    15. 15. Neighborhood Case Studies Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    16. 16. Neighborhood Surveys
    17. 17. Resident Surveys
    18. 18. <ul><li>Access to neighborhood centers needs to be a priority. </li></ul><ul><li>Unprotected crosswalks are dangerous – cars do not stop. </li></ul><ul><li>Many in suburban areas would gladly settle for decent road shoulders for walking, but these are often lacking. </li></ul><ul><li>There is considerable frustration with the lack of enforcement of existing traffic laws. </li></ul>Neighborhoods – What We Learned
    19. 19. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Emerging Theme: Safe Crossing
    20. 20. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Emerging Theme: Walkable Destinations
    21. 21. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Emerging Theme: Universal Access
    22. 22. <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>Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Emerging Theme: Universal Access
    23. 23. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Twelve Key Findings
    24. 24. Providing Safe Crossings Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    25. 25. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Closing Sidewalk Gaps
    26. 26. Recognizing Equity Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    27. 27. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Designing for All Abilities
    28. 28. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Planning at a Human Scale
    29. 29. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Calming Traffic
    30. 30. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Combining Transit with Walking
    31. 31. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Walking the Talk: Infrastructure Priorities
    32. 32. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Urban Design: Street Connectivity
    33. 33. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Urban Design: Trail Connectivity
    34. 34. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Engaging Communities
    35. 35. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Funding It
    36. 36. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Creating Partnerships
    37. 37. 1. Incorporate these Key Findings in Transportation System Plans and in Pedestrian Master Plans. 2. Include an evaluation component for walking and cycling in all projects. 3. Prioritize and fund projects that improve pedestrian access to transit Action: Planning Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    38. 38. <ul><li>Design transportation systems and private developments 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. </li></ul>Action: Design Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    39. 39. <ul><li>Prioritize stand-alone pedestrian projects for funding in Capital Improvement Plans and Transportation System Plans, particularly in neighborhoods that are transportation-disadvantaged. </li></ul>Action: Funding Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    40. 40. <ul><li>Allocate funding specifically for pedestrian and bike projects. Identify specific funding mechanisms for active transportation projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Flexible Funds must continue to target a meaningful percentage. </li></ul>Action: Funding Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    41. 41. <ul><li>Form and staff Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committees that are a formal part of the transportation planning and decision-making processes. </li></ul>Action: Engaging Communities Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    42. 42. <ul><li>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>Bring health officials into the planning process. </li></ul>Action: Creating Partnerships Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org
    43. 43. <ul><li>Become a WPC member </li></ul><ul><li>www.wpcwalks.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive email updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend advisory committee meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Testify in person and in writing </li></ul></ul>Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Get Involved
    44. 44. <ul><li>Oregon Active Transportation Summit </li></ul><ul><li>March 29 & 30, Salem </li></ul>Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Upcoming Events
    45. 45. <ul><li>Walking Matters – Health, Safety, and Finances, Equity, Environmental Benefits, Fostering Community </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging Themes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe Crossings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Walkable Destinations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universal Accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get Involved! www.wpcwalks.org </li></ul>
    46. 46. Thank You! Willamette Pedestrian Coalition www.wpcwalks.org Thank You

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