The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is excited to see communities throughout the region step up and actively seek funding for bicycle-related projects in a recent call for proposals from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Applications were submitted for two bike projects in Multnomah County, three in Clackamas County, and four in Washington County.
As previously reported by The Oregonian and Bike Portland, bicycle and pedestrian projects were the largest category of applications for Connect Oregon V, a state program that funds multimodal transportation projects. Previously, bicycle and pedestrian projects were not eligible for this funding. The BTA fought hard to fix that, and we’re excited to see communities throughout the state take advantage of expanded eligibility.
There are three multi-use trail project applications in Washington County: the Tigard Street Trail, Tualatin River Greenway Trail Gap Completion, and Waterhouse Trail Segment 4. Trails are an important aspect of biking and walking infrastructure because they address both recreation and transportation needs. The fourth project is the TriMet Westside Bike & Ride Access Project, which will address key demands for bike parking and better transit access in Washington County.
The Washington County Coordinating Committee, which includes elected officials from each jurisdiction in the County, stepped up to provide matching funds should these projects be awarded state grants (as previously reported by The Oregonian).
Kudos to Washington County, the City of Tigard, the City of Tualatin, the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District, and TriMet for thinking big and moving bicycling forward. We encourage the Oregon Department of Transportation to fund these projects and other worthy efforts throughout the state through Connect Oregon V. The $47.5 million requested for bicycle and pedestrian projects, compared to $42 million of available funding, illustrates the pent-up demand for more active transportation projects and programs that fund them.