The transportation system is one of the foundational elements of our daily lives. The attributes of that system, its level of safety and comfort, and its ability to connect people to jobs and services, all directly affect quality of life and equal outcomes.
This Workplan is PBOT’s commitment to the people of Portland for the next two years. It lays out a clear and committed path toward meeting our city’s need for equality, safety, and environment.
A key focus of my work lies in creating healthier communities by giving people the tools they need to achieve more active lives and avoid costly health expenditures later in life. Closing gaps in the sidewalk network, creating safe crossings for pedestrians and cyclists, and completing the city’s ADA transition plan are all actions included in this plan that will make Portland a better place for walking, that cornerstone of basic human mobility.
Another focus of mine has been closing the vast and troubling equity gaps between different parts of our city. Every neighborhood and every person must have access to a safe and connected transportation network. Historic inequities must be remedied by targeting investments in the most traditionally underserved areas. This plan embraces equity by challenging PBOT to define what transportation equity means and apply an equity impact analysis to all major projects. This plan also requires PBOT to work closely with the Office of Equity and Human Rights to implement recommended hiring practices that will ensure PBOT’s staff reflects the demographics of the city.
I embrace this plan as a proactive initiative that puts in writing the bureau’s ambitious menu of actions.