Is It Working? Are the Region's and City's Transportation Policies and Actions Moving Us in Their Desired Directions?

Friday, May 13, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT
Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, City of Portland, Oregon

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The City of Portland and the Metropolitan Region have strong policies in place to encourage transportation through means other than the single-occupancy vehicle. Both governments have numeric goals for the proportion of trips to be made by walking, bicycling, transit, shared vehicles, working at home and driving alone. Indeed, the City of Portland desires that by 2035 no more than thirty percent of commute trips be made by people driving alone. Similar policies have driven transportation planning in the city and region for decades.

To understand if these policies will be effective it's necessary to understand whether their antecedents have been effective. The Portland region has been investing in transit, bicycling and walking for more than two decades? Are we moving the needle? Have we been effective?

Roger's presentation will take a look at regional data for the period 2000-2014 to assess the effectiveness of our efforts and use that information to suggest pathways forward.

Roger Geller has been Portland, Oregon’s bicycle coordinator since 2000 and has been with the city’s bicycle program since 1994. During his tenure he has contributed to the implementation of hundreds of miles of bikeways, the introduction of many innovations to Portland’s streets and planning vocabulary and to the successful evaluation of their effect. Roger has striven to effectively understand and communicate Portland’s accomplishments and approach to local, national and international audiences. Roger has a B.S. in chemistry and an M.A. in urban and environmental policy, both from Tufts University. He has offered many trainings for professional credits, taught numerous classes, workshops and seminars in bikeway planning, policy and design and has presented often at national and local conferences.