At the meeting Monday, some city councilors cautioned that the bicycle infrastructure proposed in the report should not come at the expense of other services to the community.If Councilors are positioning bike transport as parasitical on police and fire departments rather than as a cheap way to relieve congestion and improve healthy living - well, we've lost the framing.
"As much as I'd like to have bicycle infrastructure today, that's at a sacrifice of having enough police, firefighters, whatever else," said Councilor Daniel Benjamin of Ward 6.
Fernandez responded by saying general funds, which pay for police and firefighters in Salem, historically have not been used by the city for cycling infrastructure.
"I don't think council would ever be asked to sacrifice general funding for bike boulevards," Fernandez said. "We have a tradition of not using general funds for these projects."
|It's bike month|
If you hadn't got the word - the bike boulevard advocates are making a field trip to Portland to visit, use, and analyze bike boulevards there.
|Woodlawn neighborhood, 1894 Portland Paving Map|
(The yellow indicates graded, but not yet graveled, sections;
everthing else is dirt/mud. Note also the streetcar line!)
Update - in the comments, Susann mentioned a KATU story. Here's a link:
Some cyclists ask for protected bike lanes http://t.co/7pNhkuu1Ex #LiveOnK2 pic.twitter.com/KSQAfM5ehf— KATU News (@KATUNews) May 4, 2015
Also interesting: Tesla.
good reasons to be skeptical of them as they reinforce the autoist paradigm of the drive-alone trip. (Also, what's old is new: Here's a note on Sally Bush and her electric car.)
Tesla clearly has bigger ideas than just cars, and since batteries and storage are a central part of the electric car, it makes lots of sense to leverage that expertise in other areas.
Tesla's luxury electric cars really could be a Trojan Horse for meaningful changes in our energy paradigms. If you're not paying attention to Elon Musk and his crazy ideas, you might be missing out on a genuine Edison-level transformational figure. It's not necessarily important that he has "the right answers" now; it's that he's something of a Schumpeterian inventor who may be changing the market in fundamental ways. Maybe he will have the right answers, or maybe a competitor will. But the facts seem to be that there's some real transformation going on and his work is at the center of it.
And finally - it's almost certain to be a theme this spring, summer, and fall: Drought and climate change.