Joint Oregon Transportation Legislative Committee Meeting - Medford
You’d think from the news release setting the schedule for the Committee’s meeting that the Legislature’s focus is only on “Oregon’s highways, bridges, ports, and rail connections need repair and modernization,” Committee co-chair Rep. Caddy McKeown (D –Coos Bay). But the Committee needs to hear from people who walk and ride bicycles. They need to know that the hodgepodge of disconnected and afterthought design that makes up the so-called Oregon bicycle and pedestrian system is dysfunctional. As motorists we wouldn’t tolerate a system of streets and roads that start and stop, rely upon circuitous routing, or don’t serve major destinations. Pedestrians and people who ride bikes should be no less outraged.
NOW is time for the State of Oregon to design, fund, and construct an interconnected and continuous bike and pedestrian system serving urban and metropolitan areas! The benefits, to such a strategy “…will keep our economy moving and build a brighter future for Oregon” (Rep. McKeown). Additionally, it will help reduce traffic congestion, move the State closer to its carbon reduction goals, improve public health, and make every corner of Oregon a little nicer to live, work and play. Can you imagine how many out-of-state cyclists would vacation in the State if the transportation system fully supported multiple modes? The benefits to the State tourist economy would be enormous – it would be like having two Pacific Coast lines.
Please share your thoughts with the Joint Transportation Legislative Committee when they meet on:
August 31, 5 p.m.
Jackson County Library
205 S. Central Avenue, Medford
You can also email them with your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org