SELECTED EXCERPTS FROM THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN GOALS AND POLICIES CITY OF PORTLAND, OREGON
Adopted by Ordinance No. 150580 October 1980 Latest Revision: July 2004
Goal 6 TRANSPORTATION GOAL: Develop a balanced, equitable, and efficient transportation system that provides a range of transportation choices; reinforces the livability of neighborhoods; supports a strong and diverse economy; reduces air, noise, and water pollution; and lessens reliance on the automobile while maintaining accessibility. 6.5 Traffic Classification Descriptions Maintain a system of traffic streets that support the movement of motor vehicles for regional, interregional, interdistrict, and local trips as shown. For each type of traffic classification, the majority of motor vehicle trips on a street should conform to its classification description. Objectives: E. Neighborhood Collectors Neighborhood Collectors are intended to serve as distributors of traffic from Major City Traffic Streets or District Collectors to Local Service Streets and to serve trips that both start and end within areas bounded by Major City Traffic Streets and District Collectors.
- Land Use/Development. Neighborhood Collectors should connect neighborhoods to nearby centers, corridors, station communities, main streets, and other nearby destinations. New land uses and major expansions of land uses that attract a significant volume of traffic from outside the neighborhood should be discouraged from locating on Neighborhood Collectors.
- Connections. Neighborhood Collectors should connect to Major City Traffic Streets, District Collectors, and other Neighborhood Collectors, as well as to Local Service Streets.
- Function. The design of Neighborhood Collectors may vary over their length as the land use character changes from primarily commercial to primarily residential. Some Neighborhood Collectors may have a regional function, either alone or in concert with other nearby parallel collectors. All Neighborhood Collectors should be designed to operate as neighborhood streets rather than as regional arterials.
- On-Street Parking. The removal of on-street parking and right-of-way acquisition should be discouraged on Neighborhood Collectors.
6.6 Transit Classification Descriptions Maintain a system of transit streets that supports the movement of transit vehicles for regional, interregional, interdistrict, and local trips. D. Community Transit Streets. Community Transit Streets are intended to serve neighborhoods and industrial areas and connect to citywide transit service.
- Land Use. Encourage pedestrian-oriented development in commercial and mixed-use areas along Community Transit Streets.
- Transit Service. Community Transit Streets typically carry feeder bus service, mini-bus, or demand-responsive services. Demand-responsive service may include service that is tailored to areas (e.g., industrial areas) that have unusual transit service needs. The size and type of transit vehicle should be appropriate to the needs of the land uses served.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Access. Provide safe and convenient pedestrian and bicycle access along Community Transit Streets and to transfer points and stops.
- Improvements. Community Transit Streets are typically used for access by bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers to reach neighborhood destinations. Parking removal or the acquisition of additional right-of-way should not be undertaken to enhance transit service on Community Transit Streets, except at specific locations to correct unsafe transit operations or accommodate access to transit.
- Transfer Points. Provide covered waiting areas and transit information at transfer points.
- Bus Stops. Locate stops closer together in neighborhood commercial areas and farther apart in other areas along Community Transit Streets.
6.8 Pedestrian Classification Descriptions Maintain a system of pedestrianways to serve all types of pedestrian trips, particularly those with a transportation function. C. City Walkways City Walkways are intended to provide safe, convenient, and attractive pedestrian access to activities along major streets and to recreation and institutions; provide connections between neighborhoods; and provide access to transit.
- Land Use. City Walkways should serve areas with dense zoning, commercial areas, and major destinations. Where auto-oriented land uses are allowed on City Walkways, site development standards should address the needs of pedestrians for access.
- Improvements. Use the Pedestrian Design Guide to design City Walkways. Consider special design treatment for City Walkways that are also designated as Regional or Community Main Streets.
6.11 Street Design Classification Descriptions Street Design Classification Descriptions identify the preferred modal emphasis and design treatments for regionally significant streets and special design treatments for locally significant streets. Objectives: Community Corridors Community Corridors are designed to include special amenities to balance motor vehicle traffic with public transportation, bicycle travel, and pedestrian travel.
- Land Use. Community Corridors are located along transit corridors and between segments of Community Main Streets. Commercial and multifamily development should be oriented to the street where the street also has a transit designation.
- Lanes. Community Corridors typically have two travel lanes, usually with onstreet parking.
- Design Elements. Community Corridor design shall consider the need for the following: moderate vehicle speeds; the use of medians and curb extensions to enhance pedestrian crossing and to manage motor vehicle access; combined driveways; on-street parking; buffered sidewalks with pedestrian amenities such as special lighting and special crossing amenities tied to major transit stops; landscape strips, street trees, or other design features that create a pedestrian buffer between curb and sidewalk; improved pedestrian crossings at intersections; striped bikeways or wide outside lanes; and usually narrower motor vehicle lane widths than Regional Corridors.
PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE POLICIES: Pedestrian Transportation Plan and complete a pedestrian network that increases the opportunities for walking to shopping and services, schools and parks, employment, and transit. Objectives: A. Promote walking as the mode of choice for short trips by giving priority to the completion of the pedestrian network that serves Pedestrian Districts, schools, neighborhood shopping, and parks. B. Support walking to transit by giving priority to the completion of the pedestrian network that serves transit centers, stations, and stops; providing adequate crossing opportunities at transit stops; and planning and designing pedestrian improvements that allow adequate space for transit stop facilities. C. Improve the quality of the pedestrian environment by implementing pedestrian design guidelines to ensure that all construction in the right-of-way meets a pedestrian quality standard and by developing special design districts for Pedestrian Districts and main streets. D. Increase pedestrian safety and convenience by identifying and analyzing high pedestrian collision locations; making physical improvements, such as traffic calming, signal improvements, and crossing improvements in areas of high pedestrian use; and supporting changes to adopted statutes and codes that would enhance pedestrian safety. E. Develop a citywide network of pedestrian trails that increases pedestrian access for recreation and transportation purposes and links to schools, parks, transit, and shopping as well as to the regional trail system and adjacent cities. Bicycle Transportation Make the bicycle an integral part of daily life in Portland, particularly for trips of less than five miles, by implementing a bikeway network, providing end-of-trip facilities, improving bicycle/transit integration, encouraging bicycle use, and making bicycling safer. Objectives: A. Complete a network of bikeways that serves bicyclists' needs, especially for travel to employment centers, commercial districts, transit stations, institutions, and recreational destinations. B. Provide continuous bicycle facilities and eliminate gaps in the bike lane system. C. Install bicycle signage along bikeways where needed to define the route and/or direct bicyclists to a destination or other bikeway. D. Increase bicyclist safety and convenience by making improvements, removing physical hazards such as dangerous storm grates, and supporting changes to adopted statutes and codes that would enhance the safety of bicyclists. E. Provide short-term and/or long-term bicycle parking in commercial districts, along main streets, in employment centers and multifamily developments, at schools and colleges, in industrial developments, at special events, in recreational areas, at transit facilities such as light rail stations and park-and-ride lots, and at intermodal passenger stations. F. Encourage the provision of showers and changing facilities for commuting cyclists, including development of such facilities in commercial buildings and at ‘Bike Central’ locations. G. Increase the number of bicycle-transit trips. H. Promote bicycling as safe and convenient transportation to and from school.