Corvallis Transportation System Plan Update

cycle-commuteAn online open house is being held by the City of Corvallis to address an update to its Transportation System Plan—and there’s plenty of room for more observations or suggestions regarding the city’s immediate and future transportation needs. Online public input will be open until Tuesday, Dec. 20, so if you have something to get off of your chest, now is the time.

“The city is currently updating its Transportation System Plan, which was first adopted in 1996, and is developing our first Transit Development Plan. These plans will guide the community’s investment in the transportation and transit systems over the next 20 years,” said Corvallis Public Works Director Mary Steckel. The Corvallis Transportation System Plan website, which can be found at www.corvallisoregon.gov/index.aspx?page=1805, contains plenty of useful data-driven and digestible information about current conditions and concerns, as well as the project’s specific goals and future objectives.

According to the online open house webpage, “Nearly two-thirds of the workers in Corvallis live in another city, encouraging travel by motor vehicle.” In other words, while 12 percent of Corvallis residents ride a bike to get to work, the vast majority move by internal combustion rather than metabolism.

Bettering bicycle infrastructure and opening up our roads as public spaces beyond car traffic will be challenging, to say the least. Safety, maintenance, and the redesigning of bike lanes, along with minimizing the high levels of conflict in traffic surrounding Oregon State University, are the principle bicycle-related concerns cited in the current report.

Conflicts between different modes of transportation will take some determined discussion to mitigate future problems—especially as we realize the need for fewer cars cluttering up all the places we like to go. For a bit of perspective, we must remember that roads were a thing long before cars, bikes, or buses.

This is an important time to weigh in on your city’s transit and transportation systems, so the chance should not be missed. Perhaps more multi-purpose paths or greenways might someday limit vehicular-based forms of conflict and help more people feel safer without cars, but until then, be sure to look out for those using your mode of transportation, as well as others.

More information about the City of Corvallis Transportation System Plan update is available online at www.corvallistsp.org.

By Matthew Hunt

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