Getting Around on Foot
The Getting Around on Foot Action Plan looks at basic transportation infrastructure needs from various perspectives – conversations with community planners, reviews of community plans, outreach and surveys received from neighborhood associations and individuals, and a first-hand look at eight “Case Study” neighborhoods. The Plan identifies the areas of greatest needs with many examples and stories from survey respondents.
Walking is fundamental, but walking is too often taken for granted and neglected. The needs of pedestrians struggle to be heard. The Key Findings from the Action Plan were not necessarily surprising, but the comments are compelling.
- Citizens want to use transit but can’t get safely to the stop.
- Kids want to walk to school but often have to be driven due to unsafe conditions.
- Senior citizens want to walk to the store, but can’t navigate the streetscape.
- Everyone in our region needs and deserves safe options for getting to the places they need to go without relying on others to drive them or having to forego the activities they would like or need to engage in.
Action Plan themes include:
- Street crossings need to be safe and maintained – especially for school-aged children.
- Basic destinations need to be walkable within 20-minutes from home with continuous, safe and convenient walking routes.
- Access needs to be universal for all ages and capabilities.
- Walking and public transit are complementary in providing access to opportunities such as jobs and essential services.
Oregon Walks will use the Getting Around on Foot Action Plan to sharpen our focus on these fundamental needs of livable communities through advocacy and community empowerment in the coming years.