One of the items buried in the links on the Climate Office page is a new program, "Every Mile Counts."
|From the Every Mile Counts brochure (highlighting added)|
So for once this looks like responsible strategy. If this is evidence for an actual pivot then, seriously, this could be something to build on. It is superficially promising and could lead to more.
|Climate Office presentation to OTC, May 2020|
Lead with cleaner fuels, and no mention of VMT reduction
So we'll see. The presentation to the OTC represents a somewhat older layer of planning, and the "Every Mile Counts" project is much newer. That is why it is possible to hope it might represent a pivot. Once ODOT curtails planning and funding highway expansion, then we'll know something's real. We have to see things at the level of budgets and funding commitments. At the moment, the approach to climate is still just words, Potemkin virtue-signalling more than substance.
Related to the Climate Office there's supposed to be a survey and opportunity for public comment through June 15th, but I don't see a link to a survey, a place for comment, or exact list of materials on which they are soliciting comment. (We'll update here if that materializes! - Update below!)
|ODOT Blueprint for Urban Design, vol 1, vol 2|
Come hear from Susan Peithman, Jessica Horning, and Amanda Pietz as they share information about the new ODOT Blueprint for Urban Design, ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, and ODOT Climate Office! In 2016 the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (OBPP) established a vision, goals, and policies to improve walking and biking across Oregon. This session will share the progress ODOT has made during four years of OBPP implementation, including development of: Active Transportation Needs Inventory; Blueprint for Urban Design; expanded funding for Safe Routes to School; updated performance measures; and ped/bike data framework. Our speakers will then dive into one of these initiatives, the Blueprint for Urban Design (BUD), in more detail. The BUD provides design guidance for ODOT’s urban roadways, supersedes the current Highway Design Manual in urban areas, and creates a wholesale shift in the ODOT design process. Planners and engineers are now required to identify the land use of the project and design the roadway to guidance developed for six specific urban contexts. Additionally, ODOT project teams must evaluate trade-offs in determining modal priorities, physical and fiscal constraints, and meeting the community needs. Finally, we will learn about ODOT’s new Climate Office, just announced this Spring.There might be more to say in a follow-up post about the "Blueprint." It could be great. Let's hope!
The webinar will take place on May 26, 2020 from 12p.m. – 1 p.m. PDT and is free to join for all.
Update, May 19th
Here's the solicitation for public comment: