District Transportation Plan
As part of the overall Beaverton Creekside District Master Plan, the transportation component addresses overall transportation needs in and around Beaverton Creekside including safety, business access, street and path connectivity, and the need for improved streetscape appearance.
The District Transportation Plan focuses on a new Canyon Road design and a comprehensive Complete Streets policy to guide new and existing street improvements so they will most effectively serve people in cars, buses, trains and on bike or foot.
2. Complete Streets
In addition to improvements along Canyon Road, the District Transportation Plan will include a Complete Streets policy to improve the design and functioning of streets throughout central Beaverton. Two pilot projects will be developed to showcase how these new policies can enhance the district.
Complete Streets are “streets for everyone.” They are designed for the safety and mobility of all people, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and drivers. Compared to most streets, built primarily with motorists in mind, complete streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to school, or bike to work. There isn’t a single design, but a set of possible solutions that make streets welcome to people of all ages, abilities, and travel modes.
- What Are Complete Streets? (via Smart Growth America)
- Complete Streets Photo Gallery (via Complete Streets on Flickr)
- Creating Livable Streets: Street Design Guidelines for 2040 (via Metro)
The two pilot projects will include the detailed analysis and design work necessary to answer key questions about roadway alignment, bicycle facilities, sidewalks and crossings, parking, access control, and circulation. This work will move the street designs through preliminary engineering, enabling the City to then move forward with final cost estimates and construction plans so that they can be built in short order.
Since project kick-off this fall, the project team has completed a number of important milestones to further the District Transportation Plan:
- Mobility audit with experts and residents to determine barriers and safety concerns for pedestrians and bicyclists
- Meetings with bike advocates to discuss existing bike conditions in the District and potential new facilities to increase safety and expand existing networks
- Canyon Road goals, opportunities, and challenges have been identified with stakeholders including ODOT, TriMet, and Metro
- An overall vision for the look, feel and function of Canyon Road has been established
Results of the District Transportation Plan will include
- Design and engineering for an enhanced Canyon Road corridor (OR217 to Hocken)
- Solutions to improve mobility, access, and safety for district streets, trails, and bike facilities
- Regulatory improvements and policies to guide the creation of complete streets in downtown
- Design and engineering for a new street and intersection realignment in the district
- Engagement with formerly underrepresented populations to help shape the future of this emerging district.
District Transportation Plan timeline
The District Transportation Plan has several distinct phases. The coordinated efforts between the City of Beaverton and ODOT to improve Canyon Road will occur first, in the fall of 2012. Here is the schedule for this component:
- Mobility audit with experts and residents to determine barriers and safety concerns for pedestrians and bicyclists (fall 2012)
- Research to understand how the existing road, bike, and trail networks function (fall 2012 to spring 2013)
- Identify Canyon Road goals, opportunities, and challenges with stakeholders including ODOT, TriMet, and Metro (fall 2012 to winter 2012)
- Develop an overall vision for the look, feel and function of Canyon Road (late spring 2013)
- Transportation modeling and Canyon streetscape design refinement to ensure facility performance (spring 2013 to summer 2013)
- Develop a Complete Streets policy for the district and City (summer 2013)
- Design and engineering for two Complete Streets pilot projects to showcase the benefits of planning for all roadway users (summer 2013 to winter 2013)
- Discuss options and select transportation solutions for the district and greater downtown area (summer 2013 to winter 2013)
- Finalize the District Transportation Plan (winter 2013 to summer 2014)
- Adopt the plan and make needed changes to city policies or investment plans (summer 2014 to winter 2014)