One of our main goals is to ensure the transportation system in the Waluga Neighborhood is safe and enhances neighborhood character and quality. This means managing traffic by reducing the amount of cut-through vehicles, unlawful speeding through the neighborhood, improving and providing for practical safe pedestrian, bicycle and transit opportunities. There are many recommended action measures listed in our Neighborhood Plan Goal 12, TRANSPORTATION that outline specific strategies to help us manage the ever-increasing traffic on our neighborhood streets. This includes on-street parking conditions, traffic congestion, and shared parking possibilities.
The Waluga Neighborhood Board approved the following Traffic Goals for our neighborhood:
- Keep cut-through traffic* and speeds to a minimum.
- Provide safe passage for bicycles and pedestrians throughout our neighborhood.
- Continue to keep current Waluga and adjacent neighborhood street classifications.
- Ensure adequate onsite parking for commercial and residential developments, including multifamily, single family and mixed uses to improve the safety and unimpeded flow of vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
- Ensure the City and utility companies communicate traffic impacts to Waluga and adjacent neighborhood residents and business owners/operators.
*Cut-through traffic is through traffic or auto trips, which have neither trip end nor beginning within the association boundary.
We have Action Plans assigned to each board member that help to support the above goals. Some are: Improving the Douglas Way/Quarry intersection; increasing safety measures for pedestrians at the Galewood/Quarry intersection; making every effort to support the school district for relocating the school bus barn out of our neighborhood; continue to plant shrubs along Quarry; improve roundabout signage and plantings to improve pedestrian safety; install a striped crosswalk on Quarry to Galewood for pedestrian safety; and monitor parking in the entire neighborhood so business parking does not impact residential properties.
Traffic calming measures such as the installation speed bumps, oversize stop signs, additional roadway markings, a permanent speed reader on Quarry and greenery plantings on Quarry are examples of past successful projects.
We also have a traffic and police liaison who meets regularly with the Lake Oswego Police Chief and staff to discuss and update our traffic and parking concerns. Meetings are also held at least quarterly with the city Traffic Engineer. The entire WNA board continually reviews proposed construction projects that could impact our traffic
Unlawful Driving and Parking
There are many forms of unlawful driving that impact safety. They include, but are not limited to: Speeding, not stopping fully at stop signs, distracted driving such as using cell phones, illegal parking and more. Pedestrians and bicyclists can also act unsafely. If you see any of this, do NOT call 911, but rather contact the police dispatch number so they can investigate. They respond quickly.
The number is 503-635-0238. If you see a situation involving a possible or potential injury then call 911.
Waluga Traffic Successes