Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Salem-Keizer Bikeshed Map

Like water, bicyclists want to flow on the easiest paths!

For a Conservation Fair, Rodger Gutierrez, ODOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Specialist, created a map to encourage ODOT employees to bike to work. The map takes the watershed idea and applies it to biking. Rodger observes:
1) The city of Salem is divided into 10 areas, similar to watersheds, and routes are identified how to get to downtown from each "bike-shed". Not all bike facilities are marked, only a few - in order not to clutter the map. All of the routes converge into 10 entry/exit points to downtown, one for each "bike-shed".

2) Downtown map. This map shows how to get to ODOT from each of the "10 bike-sheds". It shows both bicycle paths and pedestrian amenities in downtown Salem. The mapped area is roughly the same as the Vision 2020 area.
Both the Downtown Vision 2020 Bike & Pedestrian Workgroup and the MWVBTA are excited about this approach to mapping routes. The Salem-Keizer Bike Map is a bare list of infrastructure improvements and designations. It tells you what is there, but not how to get there. It doesn't perform that editorial or advisory role.

This map does! Rodger is done working on it, and of course it is focused on ODOT, but Ray Jackson and the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, our regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, has graciously agreed to host the document and assist with further revisions or development of it. Thanks Ray & MWVCOGs!

Here's a link to the full map (big pdf).

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