Benton County, OR Bicycle Transportation Plan

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Benton County, OR, US

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Type: Policy

Status: Adopted in 2001

Source File: http://www.co.benton.or.us/pw/committees/btp.php

Description:

Benton County, through its Department of Public Works and the Bicycle Advisory Committee, is updating the Bicycle and Pedestrian element of the County Transportation System Plan (TSP). The TSP is a background document to the County Comprehensive Plan and guides in part, the development of Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities in Benton County including areas in the urban growth boundary of cities. The Public Works Department and the County Bicycle Advisory Committee are asking for your input in the Plan update; identifying gaps in the road system and identifying areas where improvement is needed on County Roads.

Background
The County Board of Commissioners adopted the TSP in 2001 to provide a transportation system for a twenty-year period of growth. The plan inventoried and summarized the existing and needed bicycle and pedestrian facilities at that time. Since then, few of the identified needs have yet to be completed and others have surfaced as a result of development in and around cities. Although it is not expected that goals and philosophy of providing these facilities will change - the Plan is aggressive providing alternate modes to the Single Occupant Vehicle - the Bicycle Advisory Committee has asked that the Plan be modified to reflect today's needs.

Why Should We Care About the TSP?
Funding for nearly all-capital projects is dependant on projects being identified in the TSP. Documenting bicycle and pedestrian-related needs as potential projects helps ensure that these projects will become funded in the future.

How Can You Help?
Tell us how the road system could be improved for bicyclists. Let us know where a roadway shoulder is insufficient, where you think a traffic light is needed, where a separated bicycle and pedestrian path would improve safe and easy travel around Benton County. We'll use your comments to prioritize a list of projects for the plan to reference and some day they just might get constructed.

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