But it wasn't complete!
|Yes, they were missing.|
|Here's Map 4, the Proposed Trail System!|
In Chapter 7 on "Implementation" and priorities, only two trails rank highly enough for "tier 1" listing: The Croisan Trail Connector and the Minto Park Path and Bridge.
|Croisan Trail, LP4, in blue|
|Minto Path, LP1 - Note alignment in blue|
Given the clear preferences for separated and protected routes that people in Salem and pretty much everywhere have expressed, this represents a significant missed opportunity to build out connections attractive to families and people new to biking.
As an interesting note of small relevance, the Minto path alignment in the Parks map is considerably more direct than the wandering one from the Minto Path Master Plan, which contained the hyperbole about how attractive it would be to commuters.
|Compare alignment in red!|
So check out the map, paying particular attention to places where you travel or recreate. Is it missing obvious candidates for connections? And are there connections that are identified but not assigned a high enough priority?
|The trail system as envisioned in 1999|
You can see the complete document and supporting materials here at the project site.