Sunday, October 30, 2011

Comment on the Bike Plan

Now is the time to let the City know the Bike Plan matters!

Write your City Councilor, or comment on the Bike Plan, or come to a Hearing and testify. Let the City know that improving facilities in Salem for people who bike is important. (And for kids and people who walk!)

This is the single most important thing you can to improve bicycling conditions in Salem right now! The plan will shape the next decade's worth of concrete, asphalt, and paint.

You can download the Plan (19mb pdf!) in full here.

Paper copies of the plan will be also available for review by October 24 at the following locations:
  • Salem Civic Center, 555 Liberty St. SE, Room 325 (Public Works Department), Room 305 (Community Development Department); Room 205 (City Recorders Office)
  • Salem Public Library
  • West Salem Public Library
There's a Public Hearing before the Planning Commission on Tuesday, November 1st, at 5:30pm, in City Council Chambers, 555 Liberty Street SE.

Over at Doug's Transportation Ramblings, in advance of the hearing before the Planning Commission, there's a fine list of recommendations for effective testimony.

If you wanted to say something in particular, you could do worse than telling the City that they should be more ambitious than seeking a 5% bike commute share by 2030, and that there's no reason 100% of the bike system shouldn't be built by 2030!

If you can't go to the hearing, the easiest way is by the comment form. It's just a few questions, easy-peasy!

So take the time to let the City know how important biking is to you!

(Top: David Fox delivering blueprints downtown, photo by William Bragg.)

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