BTA Releases “Blueprint for Better Biking”

On October 6, 2005, the BTA released our Blueprint for Better Biking: 40 Ways to Get There. The report provides a strategy and roadmap to increase bicycling in the Portland metro area. The report provides 40 essential projects, programs, and policies that are critical to bringing the region to the next level, and a “Top 10” list of the highest priorities on the list.

The BTA selected projects and developed Blueprint “themes” through an extensive two-year process that included a survey of over 900 bicyclists, meetings with technical experts, and meetings with bicycle advisory committees. The BTA found four primary themes among Portland area residents that must be addressed in order to increase cycling. These include:

– Cycling in Traffic
– Complete Routes
– Motorist behavior
– Quality of the Facility and Experience

The BTA’s Blueprint focuses on low-traffic facilities including trails and bicycle boulevards, leveraging a large bang on the limited public buck, and identifying achievable fixes to problems that would increase bicycling among a large group of cyclists don’t feel the roadway is safe. These strategies will also make existing cyclists’ experiences more pleasant.

View the report and full 40 project list (PDF 2.5M).

BTA Top Ten projects are:

  • Sellwood Bridge
  • Central City Bicycle Plan improvements
  • East-west bikeways in North/Northeast Portland
  • Highway 43 and the Willamette Shoreline Trail, connecting Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Portland
  • Tonquin Trail, connecting Wilsonville, Tualatin, and Sherwood
  • Low-traffic Suburban Routes
  • Fanno Creek Trail, connecting Portland, Beaverton, and Tigard
  • Expanded Low-Speed, Low-Volume Bikeways
  • Enforcement campaigns against dangerous road users
  • Safe Routes to School programs

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