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Metro Council president has written a e-book on ‘Roadways for Individuals’


Peterson in 2019. (Photograph: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Metro Council President Lynn Peterson will look to burnish her low-car bona fides with a brand new e-book due out in December.

“In Roadways for Individuals, Lynn Peterson attracts from her private expertise and interviews with leaders within the discipline to showcase new prospects inside transportation engineering and planning,” reads the blurb from writer Island Press. The e-book was written with Elizabeth Doerr.

Peterson, 54, has held the Metro Council presidency since 2019. Previous to that she was Secretary of Transportation for the state of Washington. She has additionally served as a Lake Oswego metropolis councillor and a commissioner for Clackamas County. Right here’s extra concerning the e-book from the writer’s web site:

The car-only method in transportation planning and engineering has led to the development of roadways which have torn aside and devalued communities, particularly Black and Brown communities.  Forging a brand new path to restore this harm requires a neighborhood solutions-based method to planning, designing, and constructing our roadways. When Lynn Peterson started working as a transportation engineer, she was taught to guage roadway tasks primarily based solely on metrics associated to driver security, allowable velocity for the very best variety of vehicles, undertaking schedule, and finances. Involving the neighborhood and collaborating with friends have been by no means a part of the dialogue. Right now, Peterson is a acknowledged chief in transportation planning and engineering, recognized for her method that’s rooted in racial fairness, guided by a technique of neighborhood engagement, and consists of collaboration with different professionals.

In Roadways for Individuals, Lynn Peterson attracts from her private expertise and interviews with leaders within the discipline to showcase new prospects inside transportation engineering and planning. She included a community-solutions primarily based method in her work at Metro, TriMet, and whereas working the Washington State Division of Transportation, the place she performed an instrumental function within the largest transportation invoice in that state’s historical past. The neighborhood solutions-based method strikes away from the slender requirements of conventional transportation design and focuses as a substitute on a course of that entails constant suggestions, studying loops, and significant and common neighborhood engagement. This method seeks to deal with the transportation wants of essentially the most traditionally marginalized members of the neighborhood.

Roadways for Individuals is written to empower professionals and policymakers to create transportation options that serve folks somewhat than vehicles. Examples throughout the U.S.—from Portland, Oregon to Baltimore, Maryland—present what is feasible with a community-centered method. As conventional freeway expansions are placed on pause across the nation, professionals and policymakers have a possibility to maneuver ahead with a greater method. Peterson reveals them how.

It’s notable that the blurb references highways expansions being put “on pause.” In observe, Peterson has supported the I-5 freeway enlargement

each throughout the Columbia River and thru central Portland with her current “sure” votes on each the Interstate Bridge Substitute Program and I-5 Rose Quarter tasks respectively. On the Oregon Energetic Transportation Summit again in April, she advised the group, “We will’t let ‘no’ get in the best way of progress.”

It is going to be fascinating to notice how — or if — she handles these tasks on this e-book. We’ve requested a media copy and can share a extra detailed evaluate as soon as it arrives.



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