Saturday, October 3, 2015

APBP on Bike Parking; ODOT on State Bike Plan - New Publications and Drafts

Looks like the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals has a new publication on bike parking. It's not on their website here, but it was circulating some on social media. You can download it here. (At least for a little while, anyway!)

Don't spec these!

Helpful info on clearance and spacing

State Bike and Walk Plan

The State Bike Plan project meets on Monday, and the latest draft plan contains some new pieces. One that was particularly interesting is Appendix F on the "legal context."

from the draft plan
It's still somewhat opaque: Somehow widening roads to meet future hypothetical (auto)mobility standards is mandatory, but improving levels of service for non-auto users is merely advisory, aspirational, or recommended?
In relationship to other mode and topic plans, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan carries equal weight. The policies and strategies in the OTP, mode and topic plans collectively represent the transportation policy framework for the state. While the plans are separate, they are in essence one, under the umbrella of the OTP. The following table includes some examples of where select policies and strategies occur in other plans that relate to the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. While it is not comprehensive, the table is intended to show how the plans are designed to relate to and complement one another.
It still doesn't all fit together quite right.

For example, Policy 4.1 on "Community and Economic Activity" isn't very strong:
Encourage local land use policies and practices that support increased bicycling and walking and add to the overall livability and vitality of communities.
There's all this "encourage," "identify," "share," "consider." It's not very strong language, and it's language that is not difficult to "consider" in a very cursory way and then disregard.

I don't read the document as being at all transformative, or a very strong "transportation policy framework for the state." It's a bunch of hoping and wishing, and still subordinated to the real framework of hydraulic autoism.

Your mileage may vary, as they say. (For other notes on the plan and process see here.)

The planned schedule seems to be to forward the draft to the OTC this fall for a public hearing and wider comment, and then in response to make revisions for a final draft and then formal adoption.

The Policy Committee meets October 5, 2015 (10:00 AM - 1:30 PM) - Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High St, Room 115.

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