There's still too much to take in and comment on, so here's part one.
|Downtown Mobility Study Area and Treatment Proposals|
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|Bike and Walk Salem called for "enhanced" treatment on Church|
|Union Street cycletrack detail between Commercial and Liberty|
|Union Street Alternatives|
|3,410 cars/day on Union Street - via new City traffic counts|
Consequently I'd like to see more stress on medians, parklets, and creating a boulevard whose primary user is not a person in a car. Less car-space and more people space! With more work at the eastern end of Union, the bikeway should connect with the northern terminus of the Promenade. This should really be a person-centered corridor, not car-centric.
If in some ways the Union Street cycletrack concept seemed like imbalance or overkill, I would to see the cycletrack concept considered here on Church. Church street has considerably more traffic (about double) than Union Street, and neither bike lanes nor sharrows give the separation that families wanting to bike into downtown will want to have. (Sharrows only on Cottage and High Streets, with an enhanced treatment for bikes on Church seems like the optimal balance - but that'll be in another post.)
|Church Street Alternatives|
In any event, there needs to be a family-friendly north-south connection into downtown, and with a prospective Church street bikeway in south Salem, Church Street downtown should also receive more robust treatments.
What do you think?