Beaverton, a suburb near Portland, has a well-developed multi-use trail and bicycle network that in places forced people to navigate across major roads and difficult intersections. Further, it didn’t connect well to the city’s burgeoning downtown and two light rail stations.
Nelson\Nygaard, collaborating with Fregonese Associates, developed an active transportation strategy to address mobility and access challenges for the Beaverton Civic Plan. We developed detailed implementation strategies for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, including a network of bicycle boulevards; enhanced trail connections and arterial crossings; and bicycle parking throughout the city. The plan also identified key pedestrian connectivity projects and signal timing improvements to facilitate downtown pedestrian circulation and improve access to light rail stations.
We provided planning level costing, implementation considerations, and conceptual designs as well as a bicycle and pedestrian access design toolbox. This implementation-oriented approach led the way to Beaverton securing a $1.2 million Oregon DOT grant to implement non-motorized access improvements to light rail stations and downtown.