Furthering Metro’s legacy of planning for greater Portland’s future with good urban design, the Metro Council has adopted the 2019 Designing Livable Streets and Trails Guide. The guide is a resource for local governments, agencies and communities for projects planned, designed or constructed with funds allocated by Metro.
The guide, which was developed in collaboration with regional partners, provides design principles that will help achieve the outcomes Metro has identified as priorities for the region. This includes considerations about safety, equity and the environment.
Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick highlighted the importance of improving public transit as a way to meet desirable outcomes such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “Hopefully this will really begin to influence the region,” she said.
Responding to the transportation challenges that will face greater Portland in the upcoming decades will require thoughtful planning and investing in a range of travel options. This guide supports that vision, serving as a valuable resource for the agencies responsible for designing and building the region’s transportation system.
“It is an example of how we have brought together a broad base of decision-makers and people who are engaged in these issues to the table,” said Councilor Sam Chase. “It’s just another example of where Metro is really excelling in regional planning and bringing all those voices and jurisdictions together for a common vision.”
Street design affects everyone. Having livable streets and trails means creating safe and welcoming spaces for people of all backgrounds, and building resilience in the face of changing climate and the threat of natural disasters, among other things. Metro’s Designing Livable Streets and Trails Guide will ensure these values, shared by the people of greater Portland, are put into practice as the region’s transportation network continues to grow.