Most Recent Version of Draft Vision Statement, Goals, Policies, and Actions
Draft Vision Statement
The integrated transportation system in River Road and Santa Clara is safe, efficient, and accessible for people of all ages, abilities, and socio-economic levels who choose to bike, walk, drive, or use public transit. This system supports redevelopment, economic opportunity and affordable, convenient access to daily needs. The design of the transportation system enhances the sense of place and responds to the evolving needs of the community. Our transportation system is environmentally responsible and supports low carbon transportation options.
Goal 4: Ensure a safe transportation system for all users.
Goal 5: Promote a connected and efficient multi-modal transportation system that is equitable and affordable.
Goal 6: Plan for a transportation system that is future oriented, environmentally responsible and transitions to zero carbon.
Draft Policies and Actions
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Ensure a safe transportation system for all users.
Improve safety and access for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Implement Safe Routes to Schools program (SRTS) working with 4J and Bethel SRTS, City of Eugene and Lane County.
a. Promote the construction of bike lanes/paths and sidewalks on main routes to schools.
b. Provide pedestrian/bike bridge over Beltline in a location West of River Road to improve quality of access to North Eugene High School.
Implement protected pedestrian and bike lanes that address evolving neighborhood needs and increase access to services for all.
a. Adopt new street standards that allow for more flexible sidewalk and bike lane design, and natural swales that clean stormwater, provide wildlife habitat, and ensure longevity.
b. Major Collectors: Separate bike lanes from traffic along River Road and on major corridors using buffered or protected lanes.
c. Local Streets: Use pavement markings and signage to identify walking, bicycling, and driving spaces on local streets, where appropriate.
d. Develop a plan and install a system of walking and bicycling wayfinding signs throughout RR/SC.
Sidewalks: Inventory needs for sidewalk infill and seek funding/incentives for prioritized infill projects. Share inventory and priorities with city and county on a regular basis.
a. Communicate with adjacent property owners when designing and constructing new sidewalks. Provide opportunities for input as the design allows.
b. Allow neighborhood pathways in alleys, right of way, etc that connect discontinuous streets for cyclists and pedestrians.
c. Respect neighborhood character, increase access to services for all, and ensure public safety.
d. Improve lighting to make biking and walking safer (emphasis in Santa Clara).
Crosswalks: Mark crosswalks on major corridors and collectors with pavement markings.
a. Plan for ADA approved crosswalks at regular intervals along River Road.
b. Encourage installation of user-actuated pedestrian signals near schools, where appropriate; for example across Spring Creek at Aubrey Park Elementary School.
c. Install crosswalks at bus stop amenities and river access streets.
Riverfront Paths: Implement safety measures and amenities along riverfront bicycle/pedestrian paths.
Create lighted, paved pedestrian and bicycle access to the path from the neighborhoods. Consider connections to commercial areas, integrate with bus stop locations, and provide access for people with disabilities.
Create interactive features (signage, placards, maps, etc.) at intervals along the paths, and on the streets leading to the river path.
Install motion activated lighting along pathway.
Install emergency call boxes along pathway.
Explore methods for providing surveillance and more frequent police patrolling of pathway.
Build path in manner that provides a smooth travel surface.
Create a mechanism by which travelers can voluntarily contribute funds for the pathway (i.e. fee boxes).
Support development of access paths/trails from river path to businesses on River Road.
Ensure all paths and access points are maintained for use including the removal of vegetation and debris.
Promote a connected and efficient multi-modal transportation system that is equitable and affordable and addresses congestion on River Road.
Regional transportation network: Provide convenient, equitable, and affordable access to a regional pedestrian, bicycle, transit and private vehicle network throughout the River Road and Santa Clara neighborhoods.
Lane County and the City of Eugene meet with the Santa Clara Community Organization and the River Road Community Organization to gather input on prioritizing major transportation projects in the neighborhoods.
Fully implement the City of Eugene Transportation System Plan improvements recommended for River Road and Santa Clara areas and assess future gaps and needs.
Create bike/pedestrian paths to give access to the Willamette River in Santa Clara to connect them to the rest of the path system throughout the city.
a. Complete the connection of the West Bank Bike Path through Santa Clara from Beltline north to the UGB and beyond.
b. Implement redesign of Beaver-Hunsaker to ensure safety for all modes of transportation.
Improve Beltline area interchange for safety and mobility.
a. Support the Beltline Facility Plan which calls for a new multimodal local arterial bridge over the Willamette River north of Beltline.
Increase use of Northwest Expressway for through traffic through transportation improvements.
a. Encourage traffic to reroute to NW Expressway through wayfinding signs on major corridors.
Transit: Support affordable bus rapid transit from the River Road corridor to the rest of Eugene in collaboration with Lane Transit District
Build an EmX line or enhanced transit corridor for high volume streets with stops at active commercial locations (Santa Clara Station included).
Promote addition of, or relocation of LTD transit stops especially at high-density residential, commercial areas and schools.
Provide timely schedules for public transportation systems that are responsive to residents’ needs.
Provide increased access and opportunities to transit for people with disabilities.
Pave bus stops to meet ADA standards.
Active Transportation to Commercial Centers: Develop active transportation networks that connect neighborhoods to their adjacent commercial areas, schools and community gathering spaces.
Provide safe and accessible pedestrian walkways to active commercial areas and high-density residential developments.
Provide safe access from Division to Fred Meyer and Santa Clara Shopping Center to make access effective and safe for all modes of transportation.
Install, enhance and maintain safe and secure bike parking at commercially developed areas.
Encourage transit and active transportation opportunities for area farm stands, particularly those north of the Urban Growth Boundary.
Provide city and county zoning that reflects the development and implementation of the 20-minute neighborhoods policy and encourage the design of commercial areas (through code and design overlays) that support and prioritize active transportation access. (see Land Use for details)
Enable more shared parking among adjacent businesses and reclaim unneeded spaces for other pedestrian uses.
Traffic Management: Promote traffic regulations, enforcement and infrastructure improvements that support safety objectives.
Promote vehicle and pedestrian safety through enforcement of speed limits on River Road.
Work with city, county and state law enforcement agencies to monitor traffic flow during peak hours.
Update signal timing for entirety of River Road.
Increase functionality of Northwest Expressway by improving entrance and exit access and appropriate traffic control devices.
Reduce number of vehicular accesses to River Road by businesses by using shared driveways or existing side street accesses.
Investigate increasing options for north/south traffic flow east of River Road in Santa Clara.
Plan for a transportation system that is future oriented, environmentally responsible and transitions to zero carbon.
Zero Carbon: Transition transportation system toward zero carbon by prioritizing improvements that support seamless connections for switching between modes, active transportation options, ride sharing and electric vehicle use.
Plan for centralized electric vehicle charging stations in commercial areas.
Designate ride sharing pick up locations and create standards for ride sharing waiting areas in commercial development.
Install Bike Share locations in River Road and Santa Clara.
Promote the use of IBikeEugene App (an application that allows users to enter bike hazards and maintenance requests directly into the City’s maintenance management system to increase efficiency and effectiveness of service requests).
Education and Youth Engagement: Educate current and future users of the transportation system about active modes transportation options and transit.
Secure sustainable funding for bus passes for all students to schools in our districts.
Provide education and awareness programs and school-based transportation options (such as Safe Routes to School).
Future Transportation needs: Support a transportation system that responds to the long-term needs of the River Road and Santa Clara areas.
Conduct a “long term transportation needs analysis” for all major and minor arterial streets and collectors.
Require all large commercial spaces to conduct traffic impact analysis for permit issuance based on the next 20-years anticipated traffic volume.
Consider reducing parking requirements for commercial areas if they meet criteria that lower traffic impacts.
Autonomous vehicles: Encourage commercial areas to plan for future needs, including the potential reduction of parking areas needed for customers.
Develop new street standards for application in River Road and Santa Clara.
Prohibit allowance of private streets in new developments.
Where feasible, transition private streets to city or county public maintenance.
Amend Eugene and Lane County street classification systems and standards to include a new lane standard for lanes typical in River Road and Santa Clara.
Transportation Working Group Materials
December 5, 2018
Working group members reviewed the draft policies by sorting them into cross-cutting themes and identifying gaps.
- Meeting Handout: Full list of draft goals, policies and actions
- Meeting Results:: Draft policies sorted by theme
September 27, 2018
At the September 27 working group meeting, working group members, their Community Advisory Committee leaders, and Technical Advisory Committee members provided their final edits to the draft goals. They then began consolidating and reworking the draft policies that were submitted.
August 28, 2018
At the August 28 working group meeting, participants signed up to write draft policies under each goal using the accompanying worksheets. Goals on these worksheets reflect the August draft of the goals, which have been updated by working group members since.
Working group members will also use the following documents while drafting goals, policies and actions.
- Worksheet Glossary (A cheat sheet with definitions and a guide to completing the worksheet)
- Transportation Data packet (Data collected over the course of the fall related to transportation)
April 23, 2018
- Transportation Action Planning
- Transportation Vision Themes (Produced at the March 20, 2018 workshop)
March 20, 2018
- SCRRIPT Vision Statements (created in 2015)
- Summary of "Value Now" Activity
- Transportation Values Statements (Produced at the February 7, 2018 workshop)
February 7, 2018
Want to learn about ongoing transportation projects in River Road-Santa Clara, and how they relate to the Neighborhood Plan?
- Transportation Project Factsheet
- Central Lane Metropolitan Planning Organization - FFY 2022-2024 River Road-Santa Clara Area Funded Projects