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TriMet’s draft Bike Plan will be unveiled next week

TriMet’s draft Bike Plan will be unveiled next week

TriMet's new Bike Plan website.

Screen grab of TriMet’s new Bike Plan website.

The TriMet Bike Plan has been in the works since last July and now the agency is ready to share the first draft. TriMet has announced four open houses and a new online comment system that will give you the chance to share your feedback.

Here’s how TriMet describes the plan:

TriMet is creating a Bike Plan to serve as a roadmap to help guide future investments in biking infrastructure and amenities. The plan is focused on making bike and transit trips easier, safer and more convenient for more people. As biking extends the reach of transit, improving bike access to transit stops and stations, expanding parking options, and accommodating bikes on board buses and trains helps keep our region moving, reduce congestion and helps keep our air clean. The goal of the plan is to make bike+transit trips easier, safer and more convenient for more people.

And here are the details on all four open houses:

Portland
Monday, May 2
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Ave.

Beaverton
Tuesday, May 3
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
PCC Willow Creek Great Room
241 SW Edgeway Dr.







Gresham
Wednesday, May 4
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
East County Health Center Blue Lake Room
600 NE 8th St.

NE Portland
Thursday, May 5
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Velo Cult
1969 NE 42nd Ave.

The plan is scheduled to be finalized in June of this year. The draft plan will be available for public comment on TriMet’s website on Monday May 2nd.

TriMet says the new bike plan is part of their comprehensive “Making Transit Better” initiative.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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TriMet survey and mapping exercise seeks input from riders who ride

TriMet survey and mapping exercise seeks input from riders who ride

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Take your bike on MAX? Be sure to share your feedback and ideas with TriMet.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

As part of an ongoing effort to create their first-ever Bike Plan, TriMet has launched an online survey and mapping exercise.

The survey offers hints about which bike-related policies TriMet is hoping to improve on and the map allows you to drop a pin and share ideas about the system in general.

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Once you log into the mapping exercise you can view an interactive map. Click into an area of interest then drop a pin and leave a comment. TriMet prompts users with several questions including: “Where do you connect between a bike ride and your transit trip? Do you have a suggestion for adding bike parking? Do you know of a gap in the bike network to reach your stop or station that needs to be improved? Do you have a favorite route to get to your regular stop or station?”

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In the first week of use the map already has 94 “ideas”. Once logged in you can read other people’s ideas and vote on them.

The survey portion of the feedback tool is split into questions relating to bus, MAX, WES, and bike parking.

In addition to general questions like how often you use TriMet and why you use it in conjunction with cycling, the agency asks more specific questions that hint at their policy considerations. “Are you open to using a folding bike that can be brought onboard TriMet vehicles?”

As BikePortland readers know, TriMet has been struggling with overcrowding and how to fit more bikes on their transit vehicles for many years. It’s no secret they are interested in encouraging (or even subsidizing?) folding bikes as a solution.

One intriguing question in the survey was about taking bikes onto buses: “How would you feel about allowing more space on the front of the bus for customers with a bike?” it asks.

It’s obvious TriMet wants to nail down some clear policy language around bringing bikes on transit. At the end of the survey, after asking for basic demographic data, they sneak in a final question: “Do you have any further comments about bringing a bike to or on transit?”

This online tool will be available through the end of October. Check it out here.

If you want to share your feedback in person, there are two more TriMet Bike Plan open houses this week, including one tonight (10/7):

Wednesday, October 7
5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Oregon Clinic, 1st Floor
1111 NE 99th Ave.

Thursday, October 8
5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Orenco Bike & Ride in Hillsboro
West side of NW 231st at the MAX tracks

Get involved with this plan at TriMet.org/bikeplan.


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TriMet announces open houses for first-ever Bike Plan

TriMet announces open houses for first-ever Bike Plan

Bikes on TriMet MAX-5.jpg

How can we make it easier and more efficient to take bikes on transit vehicles? TriMet’s Bike Plan is our chance to weigh in on that and other issues.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

With the opening of the new Orange Line giving TriMet railcars and buses even larger footprint in our region, there’s never been a more important time for the agency improve access for bicycles. Making sure that bikes integrate well with transit stops, parking options and on transit vehicles themselves is crucial to Portland’s low-car future.

This morning TriMet announced four open houses aimed at getting your input on how to make their first-ever Bike Plan as good as it can be. They want to know: “What’s most important to you when it comes to bikes and transit?”

Here’s when and where you can tell them your answer:

    Monday, October 5, 5-6:30 p.m.
    Community Cycling Center
    1700 NE Alberta St.

    Tuesday, October 6, 5-6:30 p.m.
    Oregon Rail Heritage Center
    2250 SE Water Ave.

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    Wednesday, October 7, 5-6:30 p.m.
    The Oregon Clinic, 1st Floor
    1111 NE 99th Ave

    Thursday, October 8, 5-6:30 p.m.
    Orenco Bike & Ride in Hillsboro
    (west side of NW 231st at MAX tracks)

Funds for this plan come from the State of Oregon’s transportation and growth management program. As we reported a year ago, the $108,000 grant will allow TriMet to do what they called a “pretty major” review of how its system interacts with bicycling.

Jeff Owen, TriMet’s active transportation planner, said he hopes bicycle riders can give the agency some expertise. “We can’t think of everything ourselves, and outside ideas are really beneficial and powerful,” Owen shared with us last year. “A lot of it might be things that we’re aware of, of course, but they could really bring some new ideas and creative thinking into it.”

New ideas? Creative thinking? That’s what BikePortlanders do best right?

If you want to help TriMet create a solid roadmap for future bike policies and bike-related investments, please consider getting involved with this plan. You can learn more about it at TriMet.org and stay tuned for more coverage and opportunities to offer feedback.

If you can’t make it to one of these open houses, TriMet is also accepting written feedback via bikes@trimet.org through October 31st.

(Note: In related news, we’ve just received an update from TriMet about their proposal to install swing gates on crossings of the new Orange Line in inner southeast. We will share more about that as soon as we can.)


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TriMet announces open houses for first-ever Bike Plan

TriMet announces open houses for first-ever Bike Plan

Bikes on TriMet MAX-5.jpg

How can we make it easier and more efficient to take bikes on transit vehicles? TriMet’s Bike Plan is our chance to weigh in on that and other issues.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

With the opening of the new Orange Line giving TriMet railcars and buses even larger footprint in our region, there’s never been a more important time for the agency improve access for bicycles. Making sure that bikes integrate well with transit stops, parking options and on transit vehicles themselves is crucial to Portland’s low-car future.

This morning TriMet announced four open houses aimed at getting your input on how to make their first-ever Bike Plan as good as it can be. They want to know: “What’s most important to you when it comes to bikes and transit?”

Here’s when and where you can tell them your answer:

    Monday, October 5, 5-6:30 p.m.
    Community Cycling Center
    1700 NE Alberta St.

    Tuesday, October 6, 5-6:30 p.m.
    Oregon Rail Heritage Center
    2250 SE Water Ave.

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    Wednesday, October 7, 5-6:30 p.m.
    The Oregon Clinic, 1st Floor
    1111 NE 99th Ave

    Thursday, October 8, 5-6:30 p.m.
    Orenco Bike & Ride in Hillsboro
    (west side of NW 231st at MAX tracks)

Funds for this plan come from the State of Oregon’s transportation and growth management program. As we reported a year ago, the $108,000 grant will allow TriMet to do what they called a “pretty major” review of how its system interacts with bicycling.

Jeff Owen, TriMet’s active transportation planner, said he hopes bicycle riders can give the agency some expertise. “We can’t think of everything ourselves, and outside ideas are really beneficial and powerful,” Owen shared with us last year. “A lot of it might be things that we’re aware of, of course, but they could really bring some new ideas and creative thinking into it.”

New ideas? Creative thinking? That’s what BikePortlanders do best right?

If you want to help TriMet create a solid roadmap for future bike policies and bike-related investments, please consider getting involved with this plan. You can learn more about it at TriMet.org and stay tuned for more coverage and opportunities to offer feedback.

If you can’t make it to one of these open houses, TriMet is also accepting written feedback via bikes@trimet.org through October 31st.

(Note: In related news, we’ve just received an update from TriMet about their proposal to install swing gates on crossings of the new Orange Line in inner southeast. We will share more about that as soon as we can.)


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