We are thrilled with today’s news from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The results of our hard won campaign to include bicycle and pedestrian projects in the ConnectOregon funding program have arrived.
Thanks to our supporters and the Oregon Legislature, hardworking staff and stakeholders at ODOT has finalized their list for the program and has proposed allocating an impressive $8.8 million to bicycle and pedestrian projects across the state!
With only $42 million available, this decision represents a significant percentage of the overall funding. It also demonstrates a strong and growing demand for local bicycle and pedestrian projects. When given the opportunity to compete for funding on an even playing field, bicycle and pedestrian projects can win.
The list of projects receiving funding today includes:
- Lane Transit District – W 11th Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge Connections – $2.86M
- Benton County Public Works – Corvallis to Albany Trail – $2M
- City of Tualatin – Tualatin River Greenway Trail Gap Completion – $1.58M
- TriMet – Westside Bike & Rides – $1.51M (classified as transit, funded for bike parking)
- City of Medford – Larson Creek Segment II – $0.86M
While the City of Portland struggles to meet its basic transportation maintenance and safety needs due to a lack of funding and invests only a small amount of general transportation revenue into bicycle specific projects, the State of Oregon is showing the way forward. Making increasing commitments of funding for safer streets benefits everyone, regardless of whether or not they ride a bike.
We are grateful to everyone who joined us in this call; lobbying legislators during the Active Transportation Summit Lobby Day, responding to our action alerts, and helping make the case for investments to making bicycling more safe, convenient, and accessible for more people.
The decision is not final until the Oregon Transportation Commission approves in August.