Metro seeks input on Climate Smart Strategy

UPDATE 10/28/2014: To read the full comments submitted by Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Pacific Northwest Region, click here.

Have you heard about Metro’s Climate Smart Strategy? What is Climate Smart?

Metro has been crunching the numbers and they’ve found something interesting: if we build the kinds of places where you and your family can walk, bike, take transit and avoid traffic, we can also dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions. Another thing: if we build a transportation system where freight trucks, kids walking or biking to school, commuters and transit can move efficiently and people have more choices for getting around, we can also dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Metro wants to know your priorities for a Climate Smart region. How can we make a clean, healthy transportation system that gets kids to school, commuters to work and everyone home safely? Can we help freight and transit get where they need to go without getting stuck in so much traffic? Can we build a strong economy and improve equity across the region? And can we meet state-mandated targets for lower greenhouse gas emissions at the same time?

Your voice is important

How we get there matters, and it’s going to take fully investing in our communities’ adopted plans, and our regional government needs to know what is important to you. Metro is taking public input on the Draft Climate Smart Scenarios between September 15 – October 30.
Tell them what you think: makeagreatplace.org.

The Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project draft Climate Smart Strategy is available for public review and comment from Sept. 15 to Oct. 30, 2014.

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A good read: Streetsblog USA

Do you ever wonder what’s going on at the national level with transportation topics? Looking for well-written, topical, one-stop shop on transportation, place-making, smart growth, or livable streets updates from around the country? Streetsblog USA is a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities.

… cities aren’t waiting around to build safer, more multi-modal streets. Mayors are tossing aside the cars-first approach to transportation policy, local governments are shedding 1960s-era regulations that prioritize space for automobiles above space for people, and grassroots advocates are winning battles to bring down highways. With or without support from Congress, great ideas for city streets are popping up everywhere …

Streetsblog USA is reporting on them. Enjoy!

Washington County: TSP Open House 1/30

Washington County is updating its Transportation System Plan (TSP)

Washington County is studying the current transportation system and how it could change to better meet the long-term needs of the County’s residents, businesses, and visitors. The result of this study will be an updated Transportation System Plan (TSP) that will include all transportation modes, including freight, pedestrians and bicyclists, transit, rail networks, airport, and motor vehicles.

Addressing walking and bicycling access and connectivity is a key part of making our regional transit system work, providing options for all residents and visitors in Washington County to get around, and allowing for opportunities for physical activity to be built into our everyday lives — whether we’re making that last mile connection to the MAX, taking a walk at lunchtime, or finding safe routes to school for our kids. Now is your opportunity to review draft maps of the long-range plan for the transportation system and give feedback:

East County (Central Beaverton/Aloha/Metzger/Garden Home area)
Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 4-8pm at Valley Catholic High School
4275 SW 148th Ave., Beaverton, OR 97007

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The Virtual Open House will be available online until February 21, 2014.

Does the TSP update accurately represent what you would like to see in Washington County over the next 20 years? Will Washington County’s students be able to go by safe routes to school? How are active transportation projects being considered?

We encourage our partners to take a look at this plan, attend an open house, and provide input. This is a great opportunity to have a say in Washington County as they develop their transportation system plan for the next 20 years.

Town Hall meetings on Portland’s proposed “street fee” for transportation

As reported on BikePortland, the City of Portland is gearing up to propose a:

per-household and per-business “street fee” that would … raise about $25 million a year to spend on street repairs, sidewalks, safer crossings, multi-use paths and other amenities.

Learn more and have your say on “current unfunded transportation needs” at an upcoming Town Hall style meeting in late February:

Inner Southeast: Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sunnyside Environmental School, 3421 SE Salmon St.

Outer East: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 at Immigrant & Refuge Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St.

Southwest: Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway

What will Washington County’s transportation future look like?

Live in, work in, visit or travel through Washington County? Do Beaverton, Tualatin, Forest Grove and all points between matter in how you get around?

Would you like to see more or improved Safe Routes to School programs and active transportation routes in Washington County? How do you envision the future of all forms of transportation for people of all ages and abilities in Washington County? Here is your opportunity to speak up.

Read more about the Washington County Transportation Study.

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From the website: The Washington County Transportation Study will evaluate the long-term transportation strategies and investments needed to sustain the county’s economic health and quality of life in the coming decades. This study provides the opportunity to:

  • think big and look far beyond the Transportation System Plan’s 20-year horizon;
  • study the county’s evolving demographic and economic conditions, development trends and travel patterns;
  • evaluate pros and cons of alternative transportation investment scenarios; and
  • position us for continued success in the future.

The study results will help policy makers understand the opportunities and challenges facing the County and will help inform future decisions about transportation funding needs and priorities.

Submit comments to Washington County before January 28, 2014 — you can then forward your comments on to the Pacific Northwest regional policy manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership at kari@saferoutespartnership.org — or post them here. Kari will be compiling comments concerning Safe Routes to School and active transportation in Washington County.

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Related: Did you see that Washington County voted to spend $3 million on biking and walking projects?

Webinar on 12/12: Tacoma’s Path to STAR Certification

WEBINAR ALERT

Interested in hearing more about STAR communities from a peer community that has now successfully completed the process?

STAR Communities: Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating Communities

Thursday, December 12th from 11am-noon PST Kristin Lynett of the City of Tacoma, WA, will discuss the steps she took to get the city prepared to become the first community certified in the STAR Community Rating System. To register for the webinar, click here. This program will be recorded and shared on STAR Communities’ website for those unable to attend in person.