This transportation safety questionnaire was distributed to all candidates applying to fill the Springfield City Council Ward 1 vacancy. It was developed by BEST and partners to assist candidates in informing the community on an important issue of concern.Continue reading
UPDATE 11/5/2020: Added BEST’s recommendations … and a summary of MPC’s action and a link to the video of the meeting.
- BEST and other community leaders are pushing local officials to slow climate change, which the recent wildfires underscore is already happening.
- The Eugene-Springfield-Coburg Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC) is looking to add a goal or objective to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the next Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
- On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11:30 a.m., testify virtually to tell MPC to take action, or just tune in to bear witness.
- BEST notes that climate change is already reflected in the draft goals, but recommends making it explicit. BEST also recommends later develop performance measures to guide actions.
- At their meeting, MPC ultimately directed staff to add language to the draft 3rd goal: “Transportation greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.” They further directed staff to add an objective: “Strive to reduce vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions and congestion through more sustainable street, bike, pedestrian, transit, and rail network design, location, and management.”
- Vision Zero Cities 2020 conference occurred online on Oct. 19–23, 2020.
- Effects of COVID-19 on transportation safety being felt far and wide by advocates and their communities.
- COVID-19 has taught the transportation world that rapid change is possible.
UPDATE 11/13/2020: Now includes LTD Board adoption of CIP.
UPDATE 10/21/2020: Now includes BEST’s recommendations.
- LTD’s Community Investment Plan (CIP) is a 10-year framework that provides direction on community investments.
- Scheduled for adoption on Nov. 18, 2020, the 2021–2030 CIP Draft is available for public comment.
- BEST has no objections to the CIP as presented. But BEST urges LTD to serve the community better by better organizing the plan and especially explicitly linking investments to a strategic business plan to advance community goals.
This transportation safety questionnaire was distributed to all City of Springfield candidates running for office in the May 2020 primary election. It was developed by BEST and community partners to assist candidates in informing voters on an important issue of community concern.
Responses from all candidates were accepted through Monday, April 27. There are eight questions in four sections: About You, Goals, Actions, and Funding Priorities. All questions were optional.
As a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization, BEST does not support or oppose any candidate for elected office. BEST is sharing the responses we received as a public service.Continue reading