(Or when will ODOT actually become aware of itself saying these things?!)
|Cars cost a lot to use!|
|Cars use space and funding inefficiently!|
|Cars cost a lot to use!|
|Cars use space and funding inefficiently!|
|Construction at Boise - via CB|Two|
|The next step|
|South Block, Phase 2 in lighter cream color|
|"We need a bridge because we need a bridge"|
|This is what our "preparedness" looks like|
|We're nowhere close to being ready in any real way|
|None of Salem's bridges are expected to stand|
|Remember when the Mayor|
Rode an e-bike over the bridge?
It all seemed so promising then!
|Pringle Square Apartments - via CB|Two|
|December, 2013 - Paths almost done!|
|Traffic canyon on Glen Creek looking west, up the hill, Fall 2014|
|Bemer S. Pague|
|"Pineapple express" only dates from around 1990 it seems|
Google Ngram viewer
|Weather Forecasting and Weather Types|
on the North Pacific Slope
Bemer S. Pague (et. al.), 1897
We are bada** and ride regardless of weather. Mud and slime? Heck that’s a badge of honor. While we’re hardcore, our bikes would like some spa treatment every so often.It'll be at the Bike Peddler, 174 Commercial St NE, on Saturday the 20th, starting at 4pm.
Join the Selle Salem team (aka Michelle and Robyn) on December 20 to learn how to give your bike the pampering she longs for. During our one-hour session, we’ll take you through our deep cleaning process one-step at a time until your bike glimmers and performs like the super model that she is.
What Next? Bring your bike and smile. We’ll bring the cleaning supplies, tools, and drinks.
A public workshop will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at South Salem High School (1910 Church Street SE) in the North Library.In the inventory of existing conditions, most of the analysis doesn't do much with the dimension of time; and it treats space as grid or empty container with things deployed in it, as a set of present or absent facilities (or kinds of facilities). But the inventory doesn't much look at how people move in space and in time. The only movements that are enumerated are turning movements by people in cars at intersections.
|Mid-morning on Wednesday: Commercial only pulses with cars|
The slack moments show there's tons of excess car capacity
Sidewalks are also empty
City of Salem Traffic Camera
|Speeding is a problem here|
Do we really 14 foot travel lanes?
Presentation Slides, Dec 11th
|Downtown Surface Parking Lots in Red|
Parking Garages in Solid Brick Red
On-street parking stalls not included
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Factors the City, residents and businesses should take into account in developing long-term solutions for downtown Salem's "parking problems" -- Jim VuCAN-DO meets Tuesday the 16th, at 6:00 p.m. at First Christian Church on 685 Marion Street NE.
Consider updating strategy A.1.a from the 1995 Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan ("integrate bicycle and pedestrian facility needs into all planning, design, construction and maintenance activities of ODOT and local governments") with specific tools to achieve this strategy.As in 1995, so today - is it walk or just talk?
|Somebody has a sense of humor!|
Willamette Queen in Least Cost Transportation Planning
Least cost planning was defined by the 2009 Oregon Legislature in the Jobs and Transportation Act (House Bill 2001):At least theoretically, the idea is that if you can meet mobility needs with better transit, bike, walking facilities, why build a big new highway that's going to be a lot more expensive?
"Least-cost planning means a process of comparing direct and indirect costs of demand and supply options to meet transportation goals, policies or both, where the intent of the process is to identify the most cost-effective mix of options."
Developer shall pay to the City the sum of $3 million, which the parties acknowledge is a reasonable estimate of developer's cost to provide the Kuebler Boulevard SE improvement, and other associated Qualified Public Improvements (Required Improvements)....Maybe there's a good reason for this, but it sure looks a little funny! If the fair estimate is $3 million, then why is it going to become an effective sum of $1 million?
The parties agree that upon completion of the Qualified Public Improvements developer will be entitled to $2 million in SDC credits that may be used to offset SDC charges for the property and related development owned by the developer.
The Kuebler Boulevard SE improvement, as well as the other Qualified Public Improvements, will provide more capacity than the traffic impact of the development. SRC Chapter 41 provides that the developer will be entitled to SDC credits upon completion of those improvements, and can use those credits to offset SDC payments the developer will be required to make for development of the property.So basically the City's taking a loan to complete the Kuebler work, and then paying back the money via SDC credits.
|From the "Draft Transportation Issues Booklet"|
and the "opportunities" map
option to avoid the split [at Liberty and Commercial] by directing [south-bound] bicyclists onto Liberty Rd S until Vista Ave SE where bicyclists can connect back onto Commercial St SEBut we already did this!!!
|Left turn signed at Liberty and Vista, 2009|
|Just tolling solves all our congestion problems!|
(Chart not in memo; all other clips here are from the memo)
|Draft memo on funding|
|Latest schedule delay - out to at least May 2016|
from Dec 2014 Funding Workshop Presentation
|Original schedule from 2006 had|
Record of Decision in early-2009!
Speed kills sense of place. City and town centers are destinations, not raceways, and commerce needs traffic—foot traffic. You cannot buy a dress from a car. Even foot traffic speeds up in the presence of fast moving vehicles. Access, not automobiles, should be the priority in city centers. Don’t ban cars, but remove the presumption in their favor. People first!...And that's what we're talking about here!
Designing road projects to fit community contexts can help increase developable land, create open space, and reconnect communities to their neighbors, a waterfront, or a park. They can reduce household dependency on the automobile, allowing children to walk to school, connecting neighborhoods to downtowns, and helping build healthier lifestyles by increasing the potential to walk or cycle. Think public benefit, not just private convenience....
It is also essential to foster landuse planning at the community level that supports, instead of overloads, the transportation network. This includes creating more attractive places that people will want to visit in both new and existing developments. A strong sense of place benefits the overall transportation system. Great Places—popular spots that have a good mix of people and activities and can be comfortably reached by walking, biking, and perhaps by public transit as well as by car— put little strain on the transportation system. Poor land-use planning, by contrast, generates thousands of unnecessary vehicular trips, creating dysfunctional roads, which further deteriorate the quality of places.
|Commercial has six lanes + bike lanes just north|
of Fairview and Alice
to identify specific project to manage traffic, enhance connectivity, and provide a welcoming environment for walkers, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists. The general approach will be to identify short-term projects for immediate implementation as well as incremental improvements that can be constructed as funding becomes available or in conjunction with private investment actions.Tame the vastness and speed!
|Site assessment: Walmart on Baxter and Commercial best|
The evaluation shows that the Walmart site, laid out in three different design types, still performs better than either the Capital Rental or the Kilgore Blackman Building Materials sites.As a secondary consideration - this is after all principally for buses, and only secondarily a multi-modal hub - I hope more thought this time is given to non-motorized connectivity. The Keizer Transit Station has nice furniture, but it fits in users and actual use patterns rather awkwardly.
The next phase of the project will be focused on obtaining the required land for the transit center. Based on conversations with the Walmart store manager it is possible that negotiations for acquiring land could take a year or more. During this time the District will need engineering support to jointly develop design concepts that benefit both parties. The District will also apply for federal and state grants to support other pre-construction activities.
Lane Transit District (LTD) has had recent experience negotiating with Walmart to purchase land. District staff contacted LTD and summarized the LTD approach in the attached memorandum labeled as Attachment B. The bottom line is that although it may take time, Walmart can be a willing seller when presented with a mutually beneficial facility.
|Plenty of room|
GIS analyst Alan Kessler describes how the public can access planning maps online! #GISday #SalemOR pic.twitter.com/X8LbhgRDhJCity Staff recently shared news that one of the projects they worked on was an update to the City map of bike lockers.
— Salem Planning (@Salem_Planning) November 20, 2014
|New City bike locker map|
|Skeletonwitch + Pinot Noir? The Metallic Sommelier!|
|Cherriots new service map points towards congestion pricing|
|Bittersweet Boutique cites transportation issues in closure|
|The first mill burned down in 1895|
Here it is circa 1889 during construction
(image via Writerquake)
|Dec. 16th, 1895|
|The second mill, still standing today, circa 1900|
(image via Oregon State Library)
|Autoist-in-Chief Eisenhower at a Traffic Safety Conference, 1954|
Part of work leading to the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956
(image via Eisenhower Presidential Library)
The City of Salem has been working with the Oregon Department of Transportation for the past several years...for a new bridge.... [The City and ODOT] are now seeking input on how to fund the Preferred Alternative, which is estimated to cost $430 million....Information on potential funding strategies will be discussed at a public workshop scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 3, at the Willamette Heritage Center Dye House.It'll be painless, really, you won't feel a thing...
|$60,000 per month since 2006 - via N3B|
|We could have installed about 100 more of these -|
That's one a month over the life of the project
|The Minto Bridge is getting closer|
Recommended Action: Direct staff to review the City's vehicle for hire regulations within Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapter 30 for possible amendment to address newly emerging transportation network companies who utilize smart phone applications and the internet to link drivers with passengers in need of transportation, and prepare recommendations for amendments to the SRC to address issues raised by this new business model.This is a rapidly changing environment, and last summer there was a long piece in the Washington Post about how disruptive is the class of "transportation network companies" and their "smart phone applications." More recently, the New York Times noted "The average price of an individual New York City taxi medallion fell to $872,000 in October, down 17 percent from a peak reached in the spring of 2013, according to an analysis of sales data." The disruption is happening in all cities, everywhere.
|Tuesday, November 24th, 1914|
|Tuesday, November 24th, 1914|
In advance of the November 5th Council Work Session, the final materials for the Congestion Relief Task Force have been published. ( Summar...