The sharrows will help with letting people in cars know to expect bike traffic as well as to be aware that with the medians there is not sufficient room to pass a person on bike.
For those who wish to bike in the travel lane on Mill, this should be a positive step.
|(Sunny & Not at Mill)|
It will be interesting to see how drivers on 12th respond.
Have you used it?
(Once the weather is better it will be possible to get a picture of the beacon in action! Also: more on the depot and the general configuration of the intersection.)
Update Saturday, the 24th
A break in the rain and a trip nearby afforded an opportunity to take a picture of the crosswalk.
|The standards are all on the south side; two turn pockets|
And as Curt points out, with the turn pocket on the north side of the intersection (the far side in the picture), the design prioritized auto traffic over the existing foot paths and patterns of use.
Planning Commission Tonight
Earlier this month the Planning Commission started a hearing on the Airport Master Plan, which envisions a longer runway and bigger airport.
In response to public testimony, the hearing will be continued
It is, alas, a preview of some of the obfusation we will likely encounter and already have encountered with the bridge.
1. The justification for the runway extension project was based on 2008 data, which represents a peak year in airport activity and does not accurately reflect an overall trend of declining airport operations.The matter of a declining trend line is totally avoided, and the question of impacts is punted down the road to the NEPA.
Staff response: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires 500 operations (takeoff or landing) of a Critical Aircraft or group of aircraft to justify runway extension projects. Accoring to the Updated Master Plan, Critical Design Aircraft Operations at Salem Municipal Airport increased form 772 operations in 2000 to 1,358 operations in 2008. The FAA threshold of 500 Critical Design Aircraft Operations was exceeded in all of the years examined...In addition...in 2011, and year-to-date in 2012, Salem Municipal Airport exceeded the FAA threshold of 500 Critical Design Aircraft Operations sufficient to justify a runway extension.
2. The proposed runway extension will have a disproportionate negative impact low-income and minority populations, schools, historic resources and future development to the north of the airport in tems of exposure to increased noise and air pollution levels.
Staff response: ...The NEPA process will consider how recommended developments will interact with persons, property, and nature outside of the airport. As individual projects identified in the Capital Improvement Plan are brought forward for development, potential impacts will be examined in greater detail as part of the NEPA process, or Environmental Assessment.
As an example of "public" process, this is junky and evasive! No wonder citizens check out or turn cynical. Makes you wonder about the report on "civic engagement" returned as part of the Sustainable Cities Initiative residency a couple of years ago.