|story on the front page today|
The SJ reports that the concept has been scaled back to about 30 bikes at six or seven stations.
Excitement will run high, but just for context, we should be clear about expectations.
|story on the front page today|
|A quickie plus/minus assessment|
|Finally, there is a plan on the table|
that is responsive to these policies
The implementation of transportation system and demand management measures, enhanced transit service, and provision for bicycle and pedestrian facilities shall be pursued as a first choice for accommodating travel demand and relieving congestion in a travel corridor, before widening projects are constructed.The proposal here is solidly in the range of the kind of program that should have been first out of the gate during the SRC process! It's what we should have developed between 2006-2008 and started to implement at the start of the Great Recession.
|Today's front page,|
chart and comment added
|Current conditions: contested field, top center;|
ball field to become parking, lower left
The school district wants to acquire about six acres of the church's land, located on the 5300 block of River Road N in Keizer. Their plan is to move McNary's athletic fields and parking lot to address traffic and safety issues near the school's entrance on the southern side.And it's a little hard to see what really is going on.
Officials say this is a necessity because the current setup puts students, pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and others in danger when entering or exiting the school's main parking lot.
The existing parking lots would be taken out to make way for building expansions outlined in the nearly $620 million capital-construction bond approved earlier this year and more parking would be added in other sections of the campus.
|Council's 2018 Policy Agenda|
Come to this town hall meeting to tell our City Council that we need to stay on track with a Climate Action Plan for Salem. Salem is one of the only major cities in Oregon without one. Development of a Climate Action Plan needs to be funded in the next City budget for 2019-20.That would be a fine center. Other goals like Safe Routes to Schools, better bike lanes, improved transit, more housing in the city center all fall easily under the umbrella of a Climate Action Plan and follow naturally from it.
|A 1955 ride on the Oregon Electric line|
|Agenda and packet|
|Even if the colors aren't quite magnificent, it's still pretty great|
Make sure to get out before the rains start!
|Poster in the foyer|
Lily Brooks-Dalton’s haunting debut is the unforgettable story of two outsiders—a lonely scientist in the Arctic and an astronaut trying to return to Earth—as they grapple with love, regret, and survival in a world transformed.One reviewer calls it a "sparse post-apocalyptic novel."
sees Salem Reads as an opportunity to increase the Library’s visibility, and act as a catalyst to bring the community together around shared values. The committee selected Good Morning, Midnight because the book has many dimensions that lend to broad community engagement. These include science education, climate change, species extinction, isolation, living in extreme environments, and disaster preparedness.For 2020 the City and Library Foundation should consider The Death and Life of Great American Cities or, if that's too old a classic, some more recent book on urbanism and urban analysis. If non-fiction's not the thing, there's probably some novel that's appropriate. Whatever they choose, they should give strong consideration to making "the city" and the history of the city the thematic center for the selection.*
|Crosswalk and on-street parking at Brown Road Park|
|A new map of gaps in the regional bikeway system|
|Bicycle system gaps in red - downtown detail|
|Maybe too much highway because it's simpler...|
What about an urban environment with many different road users?
And what are the privacy implications?
Emerging Trends: Innovation, Technology and Sustainability Develop understanding of the potential implications of emerging transportation technologies and explore how they relate to Oregon transportation policies. (4 hours, facilitated by ODOT Transportation Development Division Administrator Jerri Bohard, JLA Associates, Inc. President Jeanne Lawson; Global Technology Leader of Advanced Mobility Systems Brian Burkhard and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. Senior Project Manager Kristin Hull.)This hints at the regulatory capture we are beginning to see with robot cars. It's outside consultants boosting for the products and contracts they hope to secure and see in wider acceptance. (And is Big Data serving us? Or are we being packaged and serving Big Data? The graphic is rightly, but perhaps unintentionally, ambiguous about surveillance capitalism and its use on the roadways.)
|On both axes there's a lot of fudge factor!|
|Only the buildings are marked (red comments added)|
via NY Times
|Ad and editorial in yesterday's paper|
|A very early ad about it, October 12th, 1918|
|Northern California, October 7, 1918|
|In Seattle, October 7th, 1918|
|In Tacoma, October 8th, 1918|
|This is a real agenda!|
(in contrast to the Public Transit Task Force's, for example)
|An initial poll to rank prospective sources|
|Salem fell off the list - via Twitter|
In fact, since we last put out this guide two years ago, Portland has only built 5.2 miles of protected lanes. Seattle and San Francisco built 15 and 18 miles respectively in in that same period.For Eugene they focused on younger students:
While most cities have some sort of safe routes to school program, Eugene is taking the recruitment of kid cyclists very seriously. “We have three full-time safe routes school coordinators,” he says, adding that there are five roving fleets of bikes that are passed from school to school so every fifth- and sixth-grade student in the area learns how to ride.If Eugene is #7, that's also a comment on how bad things are. Ridership there has eroded a great deal in the last decade, and you'd think a top 10 city would show ridership increases. Overall the infrastructure still coasts on projects from the 1970s and 80s, and is still catching up to 21st century best practices.
I searched the report for every mention of "bicycle." There was exactly one. Here it is. LED lamps provide good lighting for bicycles, along with cars and pedestrians. Whoopee.There's a disconnect here between image and reality.
|This year's schedule|
|Eugene's Fairmount Streetcar line 1907|
|October 9th agenda|
|Crossing projects to offset 45mph posted speeds?|
Based on grant award criteria provided by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), City staff have identified three projects that should be competitive in the next round of screening by ODOT.On the location map, shown above, the City helpfully shows the posted speeds.
- Liberty Road S: Install a pedestrian median island on Liberty Road S at Liberty Elementary School. Estimated project cost is $175,000.
- Macleay Road SE: Install missing sidewalk on the west side of Macleay Road SE, serving Miller Elementary School and Houck Middle School. Estimated project cost is $430,000.
- Kuebler Boulevard S and Skyline Road S: Install pedestrian median islands on Kuebler Boulevard S at Croisan Scenic Way S, and Skyline Road S at Croisan Scenic Way S, serving Schirle Elementary School, Sprague High School, and Crossler Middle School. Estimated project cost is $445,000.
|The latest criteria: Avoiding Goal 7 here|
A mini-van crashed into a Salem donut shop Wednesday, injuring a customer standing at the counter.Where's the driver in all this, the driver who is supposed to maintain control of a motor vehicle???
At around 12:40 p.m., a red Honda Odyssey was heading northbound on Fairgrounds Road NE, when it rammed into the Daynight Donuts shop at 2234 Fairgrounds Road NE.
|Columbia Journalism Review|
Detail of "Portals Through Time" - Hallie Ford Museum of Art
|Large 3-page feature|
|The first building at Hillcrest was a Knighton|
It looks like it could be cleaned-up and restored!
|April 13th, 1914|
You might have seen this chart circulating from a 2007 study of public health measures during the 1918 flu pandemic. The two rises fo...