Maps and links updated July 20th.
You might remember the excitement over Google's announcement that it had added a bike layer to Google Maps. The excitement was somewhat shortlived when it became clear that there were all kinds of crazy data and route suggestions. Many of the worst bicycling streets in Salem showed dotted green lines as if they were good routes. On this detail you can see that Marion Street has a dotted green line. The Union Street Railroad Bridge is also missing. As it currently exists, the Google map layer isn't very useful.
The 2006 Salem-Keizer Bike Map is better in many ways, but it's still out of date. It doesn't show the Union Street Railroad Bridge, either. And it displays in graphic form the City's now out-dated philosophy of creating a bike route system primarily of bike lanes striped on busy roads.
With support from the City and from the Salem-Keizer Area Transportation Study, the Mid-Willamette Valley Chapter of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, is working on updating the bike map. Our goals are two-fold: To update the map with new facilities, like the Union Street Railroad Bridge; and to identify a network of low-traffic streets that substantially parallels the network of bike lanes on busy roads. We want to find bike routes for everyone, not just skilled urban bicyclists who are used to being in traffic - where would you bike with your entire family?
We've got started with several draft maps, and we invite your comments and suggestions.
Here's the updated map in its entirety as of July 18th! (2.7MB pdf)
Here's a list of the draft maps in pdf form. The city is roughly divided up into quadrants
Legend, with color key
North Salem map
Northeast Salem map
South Salem map
Southeast Salem map
West Salem map
Here's a directory of the maps. If one of these links is dead, it's because we've posted an update, so check the directory for a more current version.
Drop comments and suggestions here. You can also email us screen captures or other marked up versions at salembikes [at] gmail [dot] com.
The work here will go to Google and into a revised 2010 Salem-Keizer Bike Map. It will also inform the Bike Element update to the Transportation System Plan.
Thanks to Jeff Leach for the expert mapping work!
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