A Transportation System Plan is a 20-year vision for transportation in a given area, including maps and standards for major roads, freight, bicycling, walking, and transit. Washington County is finishing an update to their TSP through the year 2035, and there is good news for everyone: the plan calls for better, safer bikeways on big streets; outlines safety, economic vitality, livability and the natural environment as guiding principles; and plants a seed for the exploration of a future trail all along the Tualatin-Valley Highway.
We’re especially thrilled that TV Highway has been designated as an “Enhanced Major Street Bikeway” and a “Regional Trail Refinement Area.” A regional trail along TV Highway and physically protected on-street bikeways are two exciting options that would make TV Highway safer and better for everyone.
We are excited to see Washington County propose a network of Enhanced Major Street Bikeways: major roads that have, or will have, “buffered bike lanes or cycle tracks on one or both sides of the road.” These protected bikeways are what’s needed to make big streets safe in Washington County.
Check out our new Protected Bikeways Toolkit to learn more.
The proposed network includes BTA Blueprint priorities like TV Highway and north-south routes across Highway 26 (Murray, 185th Ave, Cornelius Pass Road, and 229th-Century Blvd), as well as many other major streets like Scholls Ferry and Walker. All other major roads are designated as “Major Street Bikeways” which includes a 6′ wide standard bike lane, in some cases with an additional painted buffer separating the bike lane from auto traffic.
Enhanced Major Street Bikeways, like Walker Road, could look like this: