And it has seemed that, as much as is possible for a person with statewide duties, she has consistently acted as if Salem was actually a home. People routinely report seeing her in banal, ordinary hometown activity.
So it was interesting - though not really very surprising - that her remarks today on Bike to Work Day talked past Salem and instead seemed to address primarily a Portland audience.
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You can't really fault Governor Brown here. She's got an election coming up, and there are lots of reasons why a politician might want to speak to Portland more than to Salem. That's where the bikey audience really is, and where key voters are. But still...
This year the City's primary activity seemed to be the Proclamation on "Traffic Safety Week."
Looking to next year, and with a new group of City Councilors who, even if they do not personally bike all the time, are at least sincerely interested creating more real options for traveling citizens, is the City at all interested in officially structuring and supporting Bike to Work Day next year in such a way that Governor Brown can't ignore activities in Salem?
(If we elect Governor Pierce, his statements on transportation have already seemed so highway-centric, that it seems unlikely Bike to Work Day would be at all significant for him. It seemed pointless to write this in a neutral, agnostic way. A draft of it was risible!)
A Different Take on Bike to Work
There wasn't a whole lot of Salem #BiketoWorkDay stuff, but this picture today from the Broadway Coffeehouse bike trailer at Waterplace was pretty great!
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(I want to know, though, how this worked with the one-way couplet on Commercial/Liberty. The bike lanes make left-turns exceedingly difficult and this is an instance where our system practically enforces some amount of sidewalk biking.)