Irco Walk Smart Pres

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Irco Walk Smart Pres

  1. 2. <ul><li>The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition is a non-profit community-based membership organization dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe and attractive. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>The Bicycle Transportation Alliance works to create healthy and sustainable communities by making bicycling safe, convenient, and accessible. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Choosing Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing the best form of transportation depends on: </li></ul><ul><li>Expense (Cost) </li></ul><ul><li>Convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>We’ll talk about the following types of transportation within the Portland metropolitan area: </li></ul><ul><li>Walking </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycle </li></ul><ul><li>Public Transit (Bus, MAX, Streetcar) </li></ul><ul><li>Car (Carpooling, Zip Car, Used Cars) </li></ul>
  5. 6. Why Walk? Health and Wellness Building Community It’s Free, Clean, “Green” Transportation
  6. 7. <ul><li>Walking Connects You </li></ul><ul><li>Walking builds community and helps prevent crime </li></ul><ul><li>Know your neighbors, connect with families, kids, and seniors in the area </li></ul><ul><li>Gives you the time to know your neighborhood </li></ul><ul><li>The more people who walk, the safer walking is for everyone </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>It is only practical for shorter distances </li></ul><ul><li>Walking can be difficult with very small children or with others who have physical limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Carrying heavy loads while walking is difficult </li></ul><ul><li>There may be no safe place to walk near your home or work </li></ul>
  8. 9. The Walking World T op Three Issues - Look before crossing and continue to look while you cross  - Be seen and make eye contact with drivers  - Cross legally
  9. 10. <ul><li>Safety Issue #1: </li></ul><ul><li>Safety Issue: Yielding to Pedestrians in Marked and Unmarked Crosswalks – IT’S THE LAW! </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Every Corner Is a Crosswalk </li></ul><ul><li>Unmarked </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-Block </li></ul><ul><li>Marked and/or Signalized </li></ul>
  11. 13. Safety Issue #2: Seeing & Being Seen as a Pedestrian
  12. 14. <ul><li>Be seen and make eye contact with drivers .  Make yourself visible especially during dark and sometimes rainy days and evenings.  Carry a flashlight or flashing strobe and wear contrasting clothing or reflective wear so something on you is light or bright.  </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>Safety Issue #3: </li></ul><ul><li>Jaywalking </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Cross Legally </li></ul><ul><li>It is legal to cross at any intersection (some are marked with pavement markings, many are unmarked) and designated mid-block crossings.  Crossing anywhere else is illegal. </li></ul>
  15. 17. Walking Safely with Children - Children are short - Children have less peripheral vision - Children have difficulty judging a car’s speed and distance - Children think that if they can see the driver, the driver can see them
  16. 18. <ul><li>Supervise your children when walking or waiting for the school bus. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a good example </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your children wear visible clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a safe place to play </li></ul><ul><li>Teach your children how to walk safely </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>Bicycling </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Why Bike? </li></ul><ul><li>Inexpensive </li></ul><ul><li>A good source of exercise </li></ul><ul><li>You can go faster and farther on a bike than walking </li></ul><ul><li>A bicycle can carry a fair amount of cargo </li></ul><ul><li>You can take a bicycle on the bus or MAX </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>More safety considerations </li></ul><ul><li>It may be inconvenient for long distances </li></ul><ul><li>Safe routes to some destinations are lacking </li></ul><ul><li>It is more difficult to carry cargo and children </li></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>Carrying Children </li></ul>
  21. 23. <ul><li>Carrying Cargo </li></ul>
  22. 26. <ul><li>Public Transit </li></ul>
  23. 27. <ul><li>Why Ride? </li></ul><ul><li>It can cover the entire metro area </li></ul><ul><li>It can carry your entire family and a fair amount of cargo </li></ul><ul><li>It is relaxing: You can read, study English or look at scenery while traveling </li></ul><ul><li>It’s relatively cheap. An All-Zone monthly pass is $76.00 </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to worry about finding or paying for parking </li></ul>
  24. 29. <ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>It can be time-consuming to go to certain areas </li></ul><ul><li>It can be difficult to carry bulky loads or many small packages on the bus </li></ul><ul><li>You must pay attention to the schedule to avoid long waits </li></ul><ul><li>It can be difficult to ride with many small children </li></ul><ul><li>The bus doesn’t go to all areas at all times </li></ul>
  25. 30. <ul><li>How to Use Public Transit </li></ul><ul><li>Get a Tri-Met map </li></ul><ul><li>Get a schedule for the routes you need </li></ul><ul><li>Buy a ticket or monthly pass </li></ul>
  26. 31. <ul><li>Trip Planning – Online </li></ul><ul><li>Go to www.tri-met.org </li></ul><ul><li>Enter your starting street address and final destination street address in the Trip Planner box </li></ul><ul><li>Enter the time you wish to leave or the time you wish to arrive at your destination </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the green Plan Trip button </li></ul>
  27. 32. <ul><ul><li>Where to Buy Tickets/Passes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertsons stores in Portland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ticket vending machines at all MAX stations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online: www.trimet.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland </li></ul></ul>
  28. 33. <ul><li>Using Public Transit and . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Busing and walking </li></ul><ul><li>Busing and driving (park & ride) </li></ul><ul><li>Busing and cycling </li></ul>
  29. 34. <ul><li>Bikes on Buses </li></ul>
  30. 35. <ul><li>Bikes on MAX </li></ul>
  31. 36. <ul><li>Being Safe Near Public Transit </li></ul><ul><li>Never cross MAX tracks at non-crossing areas. MAX trains run very quietly and cannot stop quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Never run across the street against the light to catch a bus or the MAX </li></ul><ul><li>The driver will help you if there is a problem. </li></ul><ul><li>If you feel uncomfortable with another passenger, sit near the driver </li></ul>
  32. 37. Thank You! www.wpcwalks.org www.irco.org www.trimet.org www.bta4bikes.org

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