The Committee unanimously approved the project goals
Streetscape: Make the street a safe, pleasant, attractive and comfortable place to live, shop and linger.
Access: Provide balanced access to and from Foster to adjacent businesses and residential neighborhoods for all modes.
Pedestrian Travel: Create a safe walking environment for pedestrians on Foster, with enhanced safer crossings and shorter crossing distances.
Motor Vehicles: Create a safe corridor for motor vehicle travel with smooth, consistent traffic movement. Provide adequate on-street parking, access opportunities, and encourage the shared use of off-street parking.
Transit: Improve quality of service on Foster, maintaining and improving access for local and regional trips, including future high capacity transit service.
Bicycle Travel: Create a safe attractive, and comfortable cycling environment on Foster for both local and non-local trips, and provide safe crossings and adequate bicycle parking.
Green Infrastructure: Provide opportunities for additional street tree canopy and stormwater management features on Foster.
Equity: Strive for an equitable distribution of the benefits and burdens of change among the area’s diverse communities.
The Committee welcomes a new member
Roseva Saa has joined our committee, representing the Portland Mercado, a major redevelopment project coming to Foster Rd. This is significant both because of the transformative role the Mercado development is poised to bring to the neighborhoods, and because her presence helps balance the representation on the committee.
Let me be clear that I think the question of engaging and welcoming all of our diverse neighborhood residents is not solved. It is vital for success that PBOT, PDC and the Committee itself all that we can to bring awareness to the project, and particularly reach out and promote attendance to the broader public open house events. This outreach effort must emphasize engaging with underserved communities.
The Committee discussed the Existing Conditions Report
This contains the facts of Foster Road, including detailed maps, lists and descriptions of traffic volumes, street widths and other transportation characteristics. The full report may be downloaded or viewed below, it’s a doozy, but skip down to see the big three takeaways.
The Foster Facts:
The part with the highest pedestrian activity has the worst conditions
Specifically, the intersection of 82nd & Foster is the focal point for pedestrian activities. Over 1000 boarding/alightings from the nearby bus stops and high demand destinations like Fred Meyers brings neighbors from all over.
But at the same time, the pedestrian conditions are “uncomfortable, and in some cases unsafe.” 5 foot sidewalks with a telephone pole in the middle of them really sucks.
Utilities placement matters
The pipes underground and the telephone poles up above are very, very expensive to move. The committee will need to consider this when exploring potential future ideas.
Traffic volumes are spread out throughout the day
This is major deal when it comes to discussing future designs for Foster Rd. While some have been calling for lane removal (aka Road Diet) since day one, their proposal has always hinged on being able to accomodate the Foster Rd traffic with minimal impacts. No one desires to create congestion problems on Foster, so the intensity of traffic is a key consideration.
I’m on the stakeholder advisory committee for the Foster Road Transportation and Streetscape Plan Update. The next committee meeting is in mid November, and it’s going to be a big deal. That next meeting is where City staff, Committee members, and neighbors will come to put ideas on the table. Do you have a vision for what foster should look like? Do you have ideas for where crosswalks should go? If so, contact your neighborhood representative, let me know , or come to the meeting and make your voice heard.