Many will recall and still mourn former Salemite Tracy Sparling. Here's her ghost bike at 14th and West Burnside in Portland. (
Here's some talking points:
- Facilities for walking and biking are cost-effective, considerably cheaper than roadway expansion for cars.
- Heathcare costs and increasing rates of diabetes and obesity call for increasing daily activity, and Cities should have an interest in encouraging walking and biking for short trips.
- Our existing transportation system limits choice and enforces dependence on car travel. Citizens of all stripes should want more freedom in transportation choice.
- People driving cars have recently struck people walking in crosswalks, and the existing system is too often neither safe nor comfortable for people on foot or on bike.
Here's the City's Bike and Walk Salem site. For three years of notes on the bike plan update, see here.
Notice the reverse lights on the truck in the photo at top. The sharrow helps position a person on bike farther to the center of the lane, not hugging the rear line of parked cars. This aids a person on bike in seeing reverse lights and backing movement of cars, and aids a person in car by keeping a person on bike towards the center of the road and out of blind spots.