The official project description is "Add bike lanes, curbs, sidewalks, signal at McNary High School entrance. Include rain gardens."
But a few details seem odd. Most curiously, as a dead-end, a road that ends in residences and a great park, and as a road with no through-traffic - why on earth is it signed for 30mph???
|30mph seems excessive on this part of Chemawa Rd|
The road is apparently difficult enough to cross that a signed crosswalk was necessary just down the road from the speed limit sign. The north sidewalk just ends here, so a mid-block crossing might be useful to get to the park, which is on the south side - but maybe if auto traffic wasn't so prioritized and the traffic was calmed more deliberately, the crosswalk might not be necessary.
|The Crosswalk reads as mitigation rather than integration|
|You have to look for a curb cut here|
But next to the racks are lockers! You can bike to the boat launch, meet up with friends, and store your stuff in a locker. (Any boaters out there? Is this actually a useful configuration? It sure looks nice.)
|Racks and lockers look useful|
Elsewhere, it was still glorious!
|Camas starting to bloom in Bush Park|
Any urban naturalists out there who can say if the Camas is meaningfully early this year? Previous notes and photos suggest the fields blooming the end of April, but it's hard to think these fields will last long enough to show peak camas a month from now. Does anyone know?
It was nice to see the fountains going in Willson Park and north of the Capitol and lots of people gathered. Here's a tree honoring Thomas Vaughn, who just passed away last December. Vaughn was a long-time Director of the Oregon Historical Society and State Historian Laureate.
|History and Public Space (with fountains!) - Two favorite topics|
|More than a month after the snow,|
still lots of gravel on the sidewalk at Bush Park