The goal of the Bike Walk Clackamas Plan is to create a comprehensive, long-term vision to improve opportunities for people walking and biking as they travel and enjoy recreational areas of the county. To create this comprehensive vision, we need to update our Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans.
Why do we need a new plan?
- Things have changed: Since the last update in 2003, our transportation system has drastically changed. projects have been built and policy priorities are different.
- Oregon law: State requires counties to develop balanced transportation systems and regularly update their bicycle and pedestrian plans.
- Climate goals: The Board of County Commissioners has set a goal for the county to be carbon neutral by 2050, which means balancing our greenhouse gas emissions to capture as much as we emit. Updating our Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will help reach this goal.
- New mobility options: Planning for opportunities like bike share, e-bikes, cargo bikes, and other advancements were not included in the last plan. To increase accessibility and safety in Clackamas County, emerging technologies could be integrated into our multi-modal transportation system.
What will the plan do?
- Establish infrastructure priorities such as where to build new bike lanes and sidewalks across the county. Creating formal plans allows the county to apply for future funding such as grant opportunities.
- Identify programs that increase safety and convenience of walking and biking like Safe Routes to School.
- Update active transportation polices and adopt performance measures so we can track progress during implementation.
- Serve as the pedestrian and bicycle transportation elements of the Transportation System Plan (TSP) when adopted into the County Comprehensive Plan.