The Salem Downtown Vision 2020 Bicycle and Pedestrian Connections Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month.
At the Bicycle and Pedestrian Connections meeting yesterday we had a wide ranging conversation about Commercial Street through downtown, making room for bikes at the bathrooms on the Capitol Mall, the nature of Urban Renewal Tax Increment Financing, and bike parking and other downtown amenities. We learned that City Council did approve the signage for the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.
We also talked about bike parking. Wouldn't it be great to see some covered bike parking downtown? Here's bike parking in Salem circa 1909 at Colonel J. Olmstead's Steam Laundry on South Liberty Street.
Here's some contemporary covered bike parking in Portland (photo: Fussganger). Note the See and Be Seen ad for adequate bike lighting! (More on Portland's campaign here.) Wouldn't it be great to see something like this in downtown Salem!
On March 31 from 5:00-7:00 PM there will be a Community Forum, "Celebrating Success," at the Salem Conference Center. Hopefully we'll get to see proposals on several of these things!