Tuesday, August 17, 2010

MWVBTA Meeting Today

The August meeting of the Mid-Willamette Valley chapter of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is today...sorry for the delay!

The big news from last night is that City Council postponed the transit mall decision for 30 days.

Interestingly, the mall seems at risk of becoming a NIMBY issue. Chemeketa Community College President Cheryl Roberts is quoted saying, "The business center is a front door to economic development in Salem" and that the business center is inconsistent with proximity to a transit mall. At the same time, there may very well be legitimate questions about bathrooms, customer service levels, and other structural impacts the center will have on surrounding businesses.

But lost in this is that the buses deliver people. People can arrive by car, bike, bus, or foot, and it shouldn't matter so much how they arrive.

Needless to say, we'll be talking about the transit mall siting issues!

We'll be gathering today at the Sassy Onion, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Please join us for the following agenda items, and any additional topics that you would like to bring to the table:

Union St. Transit Mall solutions
Selecting Bike/Ped TSP update Representative
Bike Commute Challenge activities
Blind School Parcel - SCAN Meeting - Sept 8th
B on B - at Mission & Winter this month
Salem Saturday Market - Zero Waste Initiative and Cargo Bike
Winter St. Signage Ride

Other upcoming events and possibilities...
Final Kidical Mass Ride - Aug 29th
Intro to Smart Cycling - Sept 4
Park(ing) Day Sept 17
Walk + Bike to School Day - October 6
MyPeace Project - October 16th

If you are a member of the BTA, are interested in the BTA, or would just like to make Salem a better place to bike, please join us!

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