The OTC is a little like ODOT's board of directors. At the same time, as we saw with Catherine Mater's removal not so long ago, its real purpose seems to be to rubber-stamp, and not to exercise independent judgement and oversight.
So it's not exactly clear always what to say about it or how best to try to lobby or advocate for change. In some ways its purpose seems to be to mystify power in order that the real source of it can remain concealed!
- The final report on the Governor's Transportation Vision Panel
- Final adoption of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
- And a meet-n-greet with our local area commission on transportation, MWACT.
But they're on what looks like a two-lane rural highway with a standard 1980s bike lane, still very subject to zoomy car traffic. As illustrating "safety" it's limited; as illustrating comfort for "interested but concerned" cyclists it's even more limited.
It seems to me, though, that the image fairly accurately represents where the plan is - and is not.
The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee submitted a further letter on next steps.
- Develop an ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Work program to assure policies and strategies get integrated into decision making and there is a strong commitment to implementing the Plan
- Ensure that some elements of Goal 5 [on Equity] are included as short term actions
- Consider the urgency of some implementation activities to take advantage of opportunities to enhance the biking and walking system
- Ensure...a periodic review of policy plans, like this Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, where the OTC checks in on progress and next steps on a regular basis
- Recognize...a need for increased funding to support biking and walking investments
The report from the Governor's Transportation Vision Panel might merit a separate post. Over at SCV (the post seems to be gone now) one long-time ODOT veteran said merely that it looked like it could have been written 20 years ago.
That lack of forward vision is of a piece with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan - there's a pattern here!
In fact, after a bunch of fancy graphics that amount to padding, the core of the "vision" says it all: "alternative fuel vehicles" is the center of its vision for greenhouse gas reduction. But no amount of alternative fuel will get us there if we don't also dramatically reduce miles traveled by car. The "vision" remains intensely autoist, bound still by dreams of the 20th century.
Finally, MWACT is meeting with the OTC formally at the meeting and informally afterwards at Bentley's.
In their letter they list priorities - very highway and rural oriented autoism:
- The Newberg Dundee Bypass
- I-5 Aurora-Donald Interchange
- OR-22 @ OR-51 intersection
- OR-18 corridor
- Salem River Crossing
- OR-22 @ Cordon Road interchange
- I-5 @ Brooklake interchange
- State funding for Transit
The OTC meets all day in the Gail L. Achterman Conference Room 103, at ODOT HQ, 355 Capitol Street NE, at 9:15am on Thursday the 19th.
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