The BTA’s 2005 Blueprint for Better Biking has long served as a guiding document for transportation planners, policy makers, and elected officials seeking to transform Portland and the tri-county region by making bicycling safe, convenient, and accessible. Based on comprehensive public engagement process and input from experts, the BTA curated a list of the top 40 projects that would encourage more people to ride bikes, make our streets safer for people biking, and support the region’s economic and environmental goals. It’s time to create the next Blueprint.
In 2011, the BTA published the Blueprint for Better Biking: Status Report to evaluate the progress our region has made on the 40 priority projects identified in the original report.
In the spring of 2013, the BTA published Building Our Future: A Blueprint for World-Class Bicycling, a new guide for building a world-class bike network with the highest standards for our region. Our vision for the Portland-Metro region is one where people of any age and any comfort level can use a bicycle to meet their daily transportation needs.
2005 Top 40 Project: NE Cully Boulevard
Success. NE Cully Boulevard has been transformed from a narrow, high-speed road without shoulders or sidewalks to a people-friendly green street. The new Cully Boulevard includes grade-separated cycletracks, sidewalks, and new 11-foot travel lanes between NE Prescott and NE Killingsworth. Completed in May of 2011, the $5.4 million rebuild includes green streets improvements such as street trees and stormwater management.
2005 Top 40 Project: Fanno Creek Trail
In Progress. The Fanno Creek Trail, which was about half completed at the time of the 2011 status report, will travel 11 miles from the Willamette River in Southwest Portland through Beaverton and Tigard to the Tualatin River, at its confluence with Fanno Creek. In April 2010, Metro secured two easements which will begin to close the one-third mile long gap between Woodard Park and downtown Tigard. Residents of the City of Tigard approved a $17 million parks bond in November 2010, some of which would be used to improve the trail.