|Carbon is a huge void at the center of the plan|
Draft RTSP, with chart from CO2Now
But it's important to understand that mostly the RTSP is a compilation of projects - not an originator of them - fed into it by the cities of Keizer and Salem, by Polk and Marion counties, and by ODOT. The document reflects the priorities and policies of its member organizations far more than it sets the priorities and policies.
So it's not like this is the best advocacy opportunity to lobby for including one project and cutting another.
It will be more useful, for example, to lobby the City of Salem for bike boulevards than to try to lobby the RTSP process to include them.
|1,584 injuries = lots of unnecessary healthcare costs!|
SKATS 2013 summary
- We need more attention to carbon and greenhouse gas emissions
- The Third Bridge remains an enormous folly - that's one project it's totally worth criticizing.
- More and more cities are embracing "vision zero." We tolerate a lot of death and serious injury as acceptable "costs" of using the roads and of road-widening to reduce congestion. If we actually wanted to, we could do a lot more with reducing speeds and better engineering roads for safety.
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A Few Bike/Ped Projects
|Three bike/ped projects are funded (aka "committed")|
|Second Street connection to the Union St RR Bridge.|
But also a bunch of Third Bridge Balderdash
But of course right next to it is a bunch of Marine Drive twiggery and the right-of-way for the Salem Alternative. Sanity and insanity jostle for position!
This list of projects shows only the ones with committed funding; the ones in the queue are whited out. So that shows the overall proportions here.
|There's a summary list of projects|
and here only the funded ones are left;
3-1/2 columns of not-yet-funded are blanked.
(You see the three funded bike/ped projects)
More concretely on the funded list, a project already in the works is on Kuebler. We're going to gigantify it even more, and optimize the firehose of cars. This remains the prevailing policy and philosophy for the RTSP.
|Major widening project on Kuebler|
|Ornamental Highway Sidewalk Tree - and ADA swerve?|
A branch also encroaches on the bike lane
At any rate, it's at least a little symbolic for the ways we pile up barriers for people on foot and on bike.
At another tree, friends and family created a monument to a person who died in traffic here.
|At another tree, a memorial to carnage on the urban highway|
with "helpful" gap in median
Even on Boone Road, when I finally reached it, there were stretches without sidewalk.
This area is very poor in east-west connections.
(But again, all this is really a problem with the City of Salem's policies and priorities, not so much with SKATS.)
In the RTSP it's great that we have unfunded bike/ped projects like the Second Street one (though it will be a local street, maybe even a collector if it connects to Marine Drive, and so it's not primarily a bike/ped play) and funded projects like the Minto Bridge, but fundamentally we're still all about hydraulic autoism. It's all about through-put for cars.
For all notes on SKATS see here. Additional events and information on the RTSP can be found on a temporary blog here.