2019 - Case Study

Equity and Safety in Portland’s Regional Transportation Plan

Portland has a reputation as being one of the best cities for biking in the country. But while investments over the past several decades have been focused on downtown and affluent close-in neighborhoods, low-income communities and communities of color in the greater Portland region have been historically marginalized and underinvested in.

With support from Kaiser Permanente, the Safe Routes Partnership has a regional policy manager, Kari Schlosshauer, working to advance safe and equitable active transportation in the Portland area. Recent updates to the Portland Metro area’s Regional Transportation Plan have put equity and safety at the forefront  - areas where RTP policy had fallen short in the past.