Regional Trails Prioritization Tool
In 2019, Portland’s Metro organization made a goal of providing opportunities for people to connect with nature close to home. They wanted to prioritize projects that benefit People of Color and other historically marginalized groups. To assist Metro in reaching their goal, we are developing a prioritization framework and tool that will help plan, prioritize, and construct trails. The tool will help rank potential projects by assessing if they connect equity focused areas to destinations, improve access to nature, and provide an alternative to high-crash streets.
Additionally, this project includes development of a literature review regarding the impact of trails on gentrification and displacement that will inform development of equity measures and identify potential mitigation measures for these impacts.