People moving around in Tigard by bike, bus, car and on foot will now be equally considered in all transportation-related decisions, and vulnerable road users will have additional help navigating city streets, sidewalks and trails safely, following a new policy approved by Tigard City Council.
On June 11, the council voted 5-0 in favor of adopting a new Complete Streets Policy, becoming only the third city in the state to enact such a policy, according to city officials.
This policy is a huge step towards actualizing Tigard's vision to become the most walkable city in the Pacific Northwest, according to a news release.
The Complete Streets policy envisions Tigard as "a vibrant and healthy community where people of all ages and abilities, can travel safely, efficiently and comfortably on a well-connected and optimized multi-modal network of roads, trails, and paths."
"This is a big milestone," said Kenny Asher, the city's community development director. "It's critical that we continually translate city's vision into enforceable codes, standards and practices for ourselves and for others who are building here."
Adoption of the policy formalizes Tigard's commitment to scoping, designing, building, and maintaining a transportation network and facilities to equitably serve users of all ages and abilities regardless of travel mode.
It also provides needed transportation policy guidance to bridge the gap between Tigard's current auto-oriented urban form and the vision laid out in Tigard's Strategic Plan.
A nine-month planning process was overseen by the citizen-run Tigard Transportation Advisory Committee. Input was also gathered from community events, an online engagement survey and a technical advisory team that included City Staff, local agency partners, and emergency service providers.
The council action sets up 20 activities identified for implementation over the next several years, including securing permanent funding to maintain Tigard's exceptionally successful Safe Routes to School program, which itself was recently awarded a three-year grant renewal from the Metro regional government.
The city will also be creating a Pedestrian Crossing Improvement Plan, and Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.
"Identifying areas where this policy can be implemented in the near term is vital to the success of this policy," said Dave Roth, senior transportation planner. "We are committed to seeing a future where all road users have safe places to walk, bike, take transit or drive throughout Tigard."
A copy of Tigard's Complete Streets Policy can be found on www.tigard-or.gov/CompleteStreets.
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