The Statesman has a piece on the 6 cent gas tax increase.
(Chart from Taking the Wheel, Achieving a Competitive Transportation Sector through Mobility Choice, p.11 [24pp pdf])
The Ride: From Portland to Eugene on two wheels
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More than any other technical design or social institution, the railway stands for modernity. No competing form of transport, no subsequent technological innovation, no other industry has wrought or facilitated change on the scale that has been brought about by the invention and adoption of the railway....In between the holidays, go read the pieces here and here! He writes about the relation of the industrial revolution, business organization, and urban growth in historically informed way. It's a rich perspective on modernity and the way travel and mobility is part of it.
We no longer see the modern world through the image of the train, but we continue to live in the world the trains made. For any trip under ten miles or between 150 and 500 miles in any country with a functioning railway network, the train is the quickest way to travel as well as, taking all costs into account, the cheapest and least destructive. What we thought was late modernity—the post-railway world of cars and planes—turns out, like so much else about the decades 1950–1990, to have been a parenthesis: driven, in this case, by the illusion of perennially cheap fuel and the attendant cult of privatization. The attractions of a return to “social” calculation are becoming as clear to modern planners as they once were, for rather different reasons, to our Victorian predecessors. What was, for a while, old-fashioned has once again become very modern.
Railways were born of the industrial revolution—the steam engine itself was already sixty years old when it acquired wheels in 1825, and without the coal that it helped pump to the surface the steam engine could not work. But it was the railways that gave life and impetus to that same industrial revolution: they were the largest consumers of the very goods whose transportation they facilitated. Moreover, most of the technical challenges of industrial modernity—long-distance telegraphic communication, the harnessing of water, gas, and electricity for domestic and industrial use, urban and rural drainage, the construction of very large buildings, the gathering and moving of human beings in large numbers—were first met and overcome by railway companies.(Image: Claude Monet, The Gare Saint-Lazare: Arrival of a Train, 1877; Harvard Art Museum/Fogg Museum)
As identified in the Salem-Keizer Transit Strategic Business Plan, new development of route plans and trip schedules has followed a 3Cs structure – circulators, centers, and corridors. Circulator routes connect neighborhoods to transit centers. Transit centers are interconnected by high frequency corridor routes. The 3Cs model is responsive to changing land use demands and provides customers with a more practical transportation option.The draft Strategic Plan is 15pp and Cherriots is taking comments on it until January 11th. Here's the survey once you've completed reviewing the plan.
While today's meeting is cancelled, we do anticipate having a lot to talk about during subsequent meetings.Some of you will also know that shortly after that meeting, Doug resigned from the BTA Board. As his note suggests, the "inability of the BTA to effectively realize its goal of being an effective statewide organization" made it increasingly unproductive for him to continue traveling to Portland to hear about and to work on Portland-area concerns and projects. He'd been on the Board for 12 years, and through that time always worked on the vision of a statewide advocacy organization. Lately the organization's focus has been narrowing, and this removed his reason for being on the board.
On Dec. 1, Mary, Eric and I went up to BTA headquarters to meet with Rob Sadowsky, the new BTA Executive Director, and Susan Peithman, the BTA Statewide Advocate (who recently has been focusing much of her work in Washington County). During the meeting, Rob told us that the organization was moving toward being a Portland metro area advocacy organization and encouraged those of us in the Salem-Keizer area to create our own advocacy organization.
This meeting (and the long-time inability of the BTA to effectively realize its goal of being an effective statewide organization) pose important questions for those of us who care about cycling in this area to work through. Mary, Eric and I are anticipating that our local group will begin to try to resolve the many questions in January and we hope to outline an agenda that will enable the group to effectively tackle those questions.
A silky, lightweight pinot noir, this wine's aromas and flavors are dominated by strawberry, bright raspberry, violet and roses. Moderate acids make this a food-friendly wine. Purchase Grochau's Commuters Cuvee at West Side Wine Shop for $15.
continue the design work started by the students and prepare several options for city councilors, who are looking into the possibility of a bond measure to support funding for the new public safety facility.Go check 'em out! Some of them orient to the creek and to the riverfront. Some are more walkable than others. It's a fascinating jumble of ideas.
"We'll be weighing all of the ideas and pulling pieces and parts from the different projects," said Kirk Sund of CB Two Architects.
City staff expects the architects to offer several possible options by early spring.
The Spanish survey is the reason that we extended the overall survey through the end of the year. Our schedule has slipped some - the consultants are wrapping up needs assessment and we plan to have a meeting of the advisory committee in January and hold public workshops in late January.If you fall into one of these interest/user groups and would like to attend, please RSVP to the Transportation Planning Manager.
In addition to working with the data, we did school walking audits for 5 schools (4 elementary and 1 middle).
Our consultants also conducted 4 listening stations on a Saturday before Thanksgiving (Kroc Center, M&S Sales, Lancaster Mall, Salem Center).
We have also scheduled some small group meetings for this Wednesday, 12/15.
- Downtown Interests (including Willamette U. and Capitol Mall area); 8-9 AM OR Noon to 1PM (both will be held - so people only need to go to one or the other, not both); Location: Broadway Commons, Room 303 (Africa Room)
- Public Transportation Dependent [for folks who only use transit]; 10 to 11AM; Location: Broadway Commons, Room 303 (Africa Room)
- Youth Voices; 3:30 to 4:30 PM, Broadway Commons, Room 303 (Africa Room).
Oppose greenhouse gas reduction legislation that contains unfunded and/or unrealistic planning requirements that burden local governments or Metropolitan Planning Organizations.While the language looks like a reasonable concern about unfunded mandates, it is actually a request to conduct business as usual while receiving additional funds to work on greenhouse gas reduction. This misses the fundamental point that business cannot go on as usual and that a reallocation of priorities and funds is necessary. It's not about "extras"; it's about change.
As I stopped my bicycle at a red light on Cherry Street in the lane to the left of a "right turn only" lane so that I could continue straight, a women came up alongside me, rolled down her window and admonished me for not being in the bike lane.Not only did she have to navigate the tricky merge left from the bike lane, she has to endure the sometimes aggressive complaints from auto drivers.
The woman obviously holds a misconception about bicyclists' use of bike lanes.
There are a number of exceptions to the requirement that cyclists stay in the bike lane listed in ORS 814.420, including one allowing a bicyclist to leave the bike lane when continuing straight at an intersection where the bike lane is to the right of a lane from which a motor vehicle must turn right.
Caesar I was and am Justinian,In Birk's hell the "differing voices" maintained a contrapuntal harmony, but here in paradise the irony and disconnect between image and text just makes a discord.
who, through the will of Primal Love I feel,
removed the vain and needless from the laws.
This little planet is adorned with spirits
whose acts were righteous, but who acted for
the honor and the fame that they would gain:
and when desires tend toward earthly ends,
then, so deflected, rays of the true love
mount toward the life above with lesser force.
But part of our delight is measuring
rewards against merit, and we see
that our rewards are neither less nor more.
This does the Living Justice make so sweet
the sentiments in us, that we are free
of any turning toward iniquity.
Differing voices join to sound sweet music;
so do the different orders in our life
render sweet harmony among these spheres.
(Paradiso, trans Mandelbaum, Canto VI, ll. 10-12, 112-126)
Salem-Keizer Transit’s Board of Directors will be taking public comment regarding the proposed site at the next board meeting on Thursday, December 9. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 555 Liberty St. SE, Room 240.
Comments can also be provided by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to:
Attention: Michelle Ambrosek
925 Commercial St. SE, Ste. 100
Salem OR 97302-4173
The intent of the [TE] Program is to fund special or additional activities not normally required on a highway or transportation project. [emphasis added]
This would reduce the number of pedestrians and cyclists on the city streets. This is a great idea.The fact that it has been nearly impossible to get high-quality connections across Wallace and Front/Commercial/Liberty to the Union Street Railroad Bridge suggests this is not a highly unusual view.
“We are open to people being as creative as they can be,” said [Michele Darr of the Bike Taxi]. The route starts at Salem Riverfront Park in front of the Christmas tree, and goes across the bicycle bridge to West Salem. At Roth’s IGA carolers will serenade bicyclers along the parade route. Hot chocolate and prizes will be part of the first annual event.(This year's ride is not an official ride of the Salem Bicycle Club - but club members are invited!)
“We still want people to 'light up.' We hope to see lots of bicycle lights,” said Darr. “This is the first year, and we hope to make it bigger and better each year.”
The entire event is free and Salem Bicycle Taxi will be offering free pedi-sleigh rides with Santa, led by a human reindeer.
The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has approved just over $5.3 million to Oregon cities and counties for pedestrian and bicyclist improvements. This year, the committee received a record 90 applications and approved 11 for funding. Committee members rated the projects on several criteria including design elements that enhance the bicycling or walking experience; land uses served; current conditions; potential usage; and safety impacts.Here's the full list of funded projects.
It’s notable that CB2 Architects had a hand in three of the four projects we recognized. This was a surprise to us because it was not apparent while reviewing the entries that the three were authored by the same office. The jury commends CB2 for the uniformly high quality of its work and looks forward to seeing much more from the firm for years to come.(Top Image: CB|Two; Bottom Image: Salem Chapter of American Institute of Architects)
Overall, none of the winning projects exhibited traits one would associate with avant-garde or cutting-edge architecture; none broke the mold to re-imagine a new approach to designing for the built environment. Instead, like all of the entries in this year’s program, they represent good solutions to the challenges the architects were charged with addressing.
City wants to use $2M in Urban Renewal Funds The City's been a little stingy on posting updates more detailed than breezy "buil...