Corvallis is designated as a Gold-level community due to the city’s outstanding planning practices, strong support and engagement from the city’s leadership, and long history for providing a pedestrian friendly environment. Highlights of Corvallis‘s application include:
- By supporting a full time bicycle pedestrian coordinator, Corvallis has demonstrated its commitment to pedestrian transportation. Dedicated citizens, such as members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, Access Benton County advocacy group, Corvallis Safe Routes to School Committee, the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Transportation Action Team, all contribute to the implementation of pedestrian projects, supplemented by extensive public input.
- The success of Corvallis’s infrastructure and programs is apparent through its impressively high mode share and low pedestrian crash rate. The walk commute mode share is 12 percent and only 7 reported vehicle/pedestrian crashes between 2011 and 2016.
- The Police Department conducts annual crosswalk enforcement in the fall. Officers, acting as decoys, attempt to cross a street and educate and/or ticket motorists (and occasionally bicyclists) for violations of pedestrian ordinances.
- City transportation officials coordinate two citywide, multi-modal encouragement events annually. Get There Corvallis occurs in May and the Drive Less Challenge takes place in October.
- Corvallis has a strong Safe Routes to School program with a large percentage of schools participating in Walk to School Day, monthly school walking events, walking school buses, and student safety patrol. The Corvallis School District collects data through student travel tally forms, parent surveys, and monthly walking event participation to track the number of children walking to school.
- Corvallis has an extensive pedestrian signal system that is very accessible. With audible pedestrian signals installed at all of the intersections outside of the Central Business District and handicap accessible ramps on all corners of all signalized intersections, those physically and visually impaired can walk with much more ease throughout the community.
- Communities should look to Corvallis for model guidance like the Pedestrian Oriented Design Standards and the connectivity standards. The Design Manual has an in-depth description of the city’s required human-scale development, streetscape landscaping, and architectural standards that address building form and pedestrian access.