When the mapping project closed, there were still almost no pins in west Salem and very few in east Salem. Between the two areas are important differences in both geography and demographics. So it is difficult to make generalizations that are accurate to both.
One important difference is that while the bike plan update can theoretically specify solutions for west Salem, it may be largely powerless between I-5 and Cordon Road - though the project is both a City of Salem update and a Salem-Keizer School District Safe Routes plan, and it will be interesting to see how they fit together.
Most of us probably don't give sufficient attention is the fact that there are vast swaths of unincorporated county land that superficially appear to be "inside Salem." This is non-trivial technical detail!
The problem is most acute on Lancaster*, where there are not just two, but three jurisdictions responsible for the road.
No wonder Lancaster is so awful! It's Cerebrus, the three-headed monster!
Bad metaphors aside, the Transportation System Plan for Salem looks atomically at individual roads. You can see how Salem roads are in yellow and county roads are in green. But of course to go anywhere meaningful requires travel across a set of multiple roads - travel is not atomic in this way! It happens as a whole gesture and movement, not as herky-jerky, chopped up bits.
Even with improvements in east Salem, the problem of "disappearing bike lanes" and incomplete bike routes will remain because of the jurisdictional patchwork.
This is also a problem for schools.
One of the Transportation Enhancement grant project applications is for funding to build sidewalks and bike lanes on Hayesville Drive in unincorporated Marion County.
Hayesville Drive is very near four schools! It serves Hayesville, Hammond, and Yoshkai Elementary Schools and Stephens Middle School.
But so far it has stayed out of the City of Salem, even though three of the schools are gerrymandered into the city limits.
Rehearsing the history that led to this would be difficult - and maybe tiresome. But it is clear that having such fragmented city limits and such an expanse of unincorporated land that is developed and clearly part of "a city," and certainly informally is part of Salem, exacerbates transportation problems and diminishes mobility choice.
And unfortunately, it may be that this update process is hobbled from the start in the outer east portions of town.
*Drive of course, not Avenue...sorry!