|A key crossing: Pine Street along Maple|
We'll go from south to north.
|Buffered bike lanes and shift to parallel on-street parking|
- Buffered bike lanes
- Change angled parking to parallel parking (including a reduction in number of stalls, many of which are currently metered)
|A roundabout for Winter and Union|
|Closing a sliver of Norway to cars|
for better crossing on Fairground Road
- Bike-only on Norway between Cottage and Fairgrounds
- No left-turns from Fairgrounds
- Median on Fairgrounds with channels for bike passage and pedestrian refuge in crosswalks
|A realtor uses head-in parking off of Norway at Fairgrounds|
On the residential sections north of here there are proposed a couple of speed tables to slow cars, and stop signs are turned 90 degrees to prioritize north-south travel instead of east-west cross traffic.
|New RR crossings?|
|Pine Street along Maple|
- No left-turns
- Median with channels
|Two alignments for a path along Auto Group Way|
New parking lot (see below)
on the interior of options A and B
Most of the land - maybe all of it - outlined by "Option A" and "Option B" was recently sold, and the City just posted a hearing notice for a very rudimentary development. They'd already issued demolition permits for the buildings at the center of the parcel outlined.
|Proposal for a gravel parking lot for the auto dealerships|
If more development is in the works, Option A may be clearly inferior with all the new driveways and traffic. Especially if the development is for more car-related business.
On the other hand, at present and in the near future, Option B would be a little isolated and might not feel as safe.
It will be interesting to hear if any kind of consensus emerges on either one of these.
|A diagonal crossing on Cherry at Salem Industrial|
|NE Oregon at Interstate by Rose Quarter, PDX|
Then from Cherry north to the Parkway, there is a separated sidepath proposed in addition to the bike lane. Southbound travelers could use the bike lane or make two crosswalk passages to reach the side path, I guess. This leaves the long, long crossing on the Parkway unaltered. That portion may not yet meet a "family-friendly" standard and remain a real barrier. But it is also the border with Keizer, and that's where our project ends.
Aside from funding, three real challenges jump out:
- Parking reduction (and potential loss of meter revenue) from angle to parallel. Will the City and State and other neighbors embrace this?
- How will the two businesses on Norway at Fairgrounds receive the idea of closing that small section of Norway to cars? Are they on board yet?
- And difficulty with the railroad in securing permission for the reconfigured crossings on Maple.
|Flyer in English and in Spanish|
Join nationally-renowned walking expert Dan Burden and come learn how YOU can help Salem build an Active & Age-Friendly Transportation Network!Recently they've posted teasers on swag and a personal invitation from Dan Burden, who seems like a real nice guy.
4pm-6pm Winter Maple Bikeway Open House (Give feedback on the newest progress update.)
5pm-6pm Neighborhood Walk with Community Leaders (Learn how healthy streets create healthy neighborhoods.)
6pm-7:30pm Presentation and Q & A with Dan Burden
Light snacks and refreshments provided by North Salem High School catering.
Raffle prizes have been donated by the following local businesses: South Salem Cycleworks, The Bike Peddler, NW Hub, and Salem Summit
The Open House is from 4pm to 7:30pm in the Center 50+ on Highland and Portland Road, 2615 Portland Road NE.
(Previous notes on the Winter Maple Bikeway Study here.)