|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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