Last night, Milwaukie City Council affirmed their commitment to safer streets. The city’s updated Transportation System Plan (TSP), which includes high-priority plans for miles of low-traffic, low-stress neighborhood greenways, was adopted unanimously. The TSP adoption will require a second reading on November 5th, but it is expected to pass.
The plan passed in part because people spoke up for safety, making sure elected leaders heard the call for healthier streets. Action alerts from The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and Bike Milwaukie encouraged residents to testify at city hall or email city councilors and that’s exactly what happened.
One resident simply wrote, “With safer routes, my children would bike more, and we would drive less.” That message — a practical desire for safer, healthier streets — was echoed in testimony and numerous emails.
The flurry of citizen input is great news for the Monroe Neighborhood Greenway, identified as one of the BTA’s 16 top priority projects in our Blueprint for World-Class Bicycling. Although Monroe’s planning and design were recently funded, some neighbors and city councilors are still unfamiliar with the importance of the project.
The BTA will continue to work to make your voice heard. As the process of planning and building a better Monroe moves forward, we will continue to help Milwaukie residents and neighbors speak up for safety and tell elected officials they want more options for getting around.
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