|To economize, should we reduce sidewalk and bikelane width?|
|At MWACT last week (separate from the MPO)|
As long as the framework remains so autoist, "bike-pedestrian representation" is too often merely ornamental and we are stuck with fiddling on the margins of things.
In other ODOT dysfunction, OMPOC, the statewide consortium of MPOs, has a letter about opacity at ODOT when extra Federal funds arrive.
|Criticism of ODOT secrecy from OMPOC|
|Injuries and fatalities trending in wrong direction|
It got the usual criticism, that slowing car traffic is unacceptable, even "trauma," but inconvenience to people who would like to travel on foot and on bike is proper.
And so it goes.
* MWACT is an "area commission on transportation," an advisory committee to ODOT and their board, the Oregon Transportation Commission. It's created by the State. Its members substantially overlap with the MPO, and the MPO staffs the committee, but the MPO is a creation of Federal legislation. It's confusing, and they duplicate a lot. For an outsider, the distinction often makes little sense. Still, MWACT, with a larger area of interest, has a rural purview absent from the MPO.