Transportation for Oregon’s Future: Speak out for Safe Streets

Momentum is building toward a major transportation funding package of policies and investments in the 2017 Oregon Legislature. At the Bicycle Transportation Alliance we have been working with our friends and allies to develop some shared priorities that we want to see. The package must:

  • be robustly multimodal, increasing transportation options across the state
  • benefit and not harm vulnerable communities
  • increase safety, reduce pollution, and improve health outcomes
  • be transparent on decisions about transportation investments.

Our group operates under the coalition name of Transportation for Oregon’s Future, and we are a network of concerned organizations, businesses, and citizen leaders supporting transportation choices for the 21st century. Steering committee members include 1000 Friends of Oregon, Better Eugene Springfield Transit, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, OPAL Environmental Justice, Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon Walks, Transportation for America, and Upstream Public Health.

It is time for people who share these values – people like you – to get involved!

The legislature has formed a “Joint Interim Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization” that is tasked with developing a package and has already scheduled a series of hearings throughout the state over the course of this summer. The schedule is below. Please mark your calendars for the hearing(s) in your vicinity.

The first hearing is in Portland on Monday, June 13. Now is the time to show up and speak out, as our leaders consider investing and improving on Oregon’s transportation system.

Please show up and testify:

June 13, 5:00 p.m.
Great Hall, Mount Tabor Building
Portland Community College SE Campus
2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland

Some of the top policy priorities that we are currently working towards include:

Fix Roads and Bridges Before Building New Ones

  • Dedicate at least 75% of state road funding to maintenance, repair and seismic upgrades, and formulate a plan for long-term maintenance of state and local infrastructure.

Invest in Public Transit

  • Provide state funding to match and leverage local, regional and federal funds to invest in more transit service as a lifeline in rural communities and key growth strategy in cities and suburbs. Dedicate a progressive and reliable funding source.
  • Support senior and disabled transit.
  • Launch a Youth Transit Initiative to fund transit passes and improved transit service that expand youth access to schools, jobs and other opportunities.

Make Our Streets Safe for Everyone

  • Many high-speed, high-crash corridors were built as state highways, but now function as city streets. Give these streets to cities and provide funding to upgrade them to safe, livable streets that support economic development.
  • Set a statutory goal of zero serious traffic injuries and fatalities, and establish a broad task force designed to help build consensus around shared safety goals.
  • Dedicate significantly more than 1% of highway funds to making biking and walking safe.
  • Dramatically expand the Safe Routes to School program to reach more children and build safe places to walk and bike to school.

You can view more of our policy priorities and coalition principles here.

Please attend the hearing on June 13th and mark your calendar for any other transportation events you can attend this summer. We will be working hard to make any potential transportation package as good for our health, environment, and economy as possible. Please join us!

Joint Transportation Committee Schedule:

June 13, 5:00 p.m.  MAP TRANSPORTATION
Great Hall, Mount Tabor Building
Portland Community College SE Campus
2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland

June 28, 5:00 p.m.
Four Rivers Cultural Center Theater
Treasure Valley Community College
676 College Blvd, Ontario

June 29, 2:00 p.m.
Hermiston High School Auditorium
600 South First Street, Hermiston

July 20, 5:00 p.m.
Prince Lucian Campbell Hall Room 180
University of Oregon
1415 Kincaid Street, Eugene

August 18, 5:30 p.m.
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way, Bend

August 31, 5:00 p.m.
Jackson County Library
Medford Branch
205 S. Central Avenue, Medford

September 15, 5:00 p.m.
Ballroom
Embarcadero Hotel
1000 SE Bay Blvd, Newport

September 19, 5:00 p.m.
Shirley Huffman Auditorium
Hillsboro Civic Center
150 E. Main Street, Hillsboro

September 225:15 p.m.
Hearing Room F
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court Street NE, Salem

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  1. Martin Lisk Permalink  | Jul 21, 2016 07:02am

    Wondering if you have the site or e mail address that written testimony can be provided. Spoke at the Eugene hearing supporting local bicycle transportation infrastructure with a quick sidebar about making the smaller state highways safer.

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