Based on the research and discussion highlighted above, your committee makes the following recommendations:
- PBOT, Metro and relevant City Commissioners should establish specific criteria to incorporate bicycling into an overall strategic plan for transportation, and identify projects and priorities that promote bicycle use as a viable transportation alternative. PBOT should also add safety criteria to its Strategic Implementation Plan.
- Separate routes (such as cycletracks or paths) and low-speed routes (such as bicycle boulevards) should be prioritized over alternatives, even if it means eliminating bicycle lanes on high-speed or high-capacity streets. PBOT should perform a city-wide audit of traffic corridors and intersections that are difficult and/or unsafe for bicycle riders and pedestrians.
- PBOT should prioritize bicycle routes between neighborhoods over routes to downtown and the central city. Broadly, bicycle infrastructure investments should move from opportunistic to strategic and emphasize connectivity and safety.
- PBOT should purchase and install additional automated bicycle counters (such as the one currently installed on the Hawthorne Bridge) to gather accurate bicycle ridership data.
- As bicycling is further integrated into Portland's comprehensive transportation system, PPB, PBOT, Portland Public Schools, and other relevant partners, improve education and enforcement regarding traffic laws.
- PBOT, Metro, and relevant community organizations should work with businesses, non-profits and community partners to create incentive programs to encourage safe and responsible road use.
- City Commissioners, in conjunction with Portland Police Department and PBOT, should conduct a review of current traffic laws that apply to bicycle riders and agree on a strategy for improving enforcement of those applicable laws, as well as for improving bicycle rider visibility.
- Local bicycle retail businesses should distribute bicycle registration forms and associated educational materials about bicycle registration at the point of sale for new and used bicycles.
The City of Portland should implement a three-part funding strategy that includes the following:
- Working with the State of Oregon to enact a 4% excise tax on the sale of new bicycles at the state level, with revenue going to fund school safety programs, the installation of automated bicycle counters and the creation and distribution of safety programs and materials.
- Portland should continue to pursue strategic funding for bicycle infrastructure from outside sources, so long as it promotes the overall safety of bicycling, as well as the criteria laid out in PBOT's Bicycle Strategic Implementation Plan.
- If Portland develops either a transportation services general obligation bond, or a Street Maintenance Fee, it should include a specific allocation for bicycle projects commensurate with the city's stated goals for bicycle ridership.
- PBOT should revise the Bicycle Advisory Committee selection criteria to reflect a greater diversity of economic and social backgrounds, professions and transportation preferences.
- TriMet should improve integration of bicycle parking, storage, and other infrastructure into existing transit vehicles and facilities.