But that raises a pair of questions: Who's going to cycle downtown who isn't already cycling downtown, and what is the City going to do to make it easy for occasional or new cyclists to venture into the "black hole" of downtown traffic?
City plans are a bit thin at the moment, and it's not clear they've thought through what a bike-focused event might actually look like and what it would take to attract meaningful numbers of people to choose bikes instead of cars - but things seem sure to heat up as the 7th approaches!
Still, there are some things maybe to think about for next year.
- This would have been a terrific opportunity for a criterium bike race downtown! There was talk of one a few years ago, but it never came together. Maybe the time is ripe?
- How about temporary cycletracks, reserving a few lanes in downtown for bike traffic?
- Product Demos. Remember that "Brooks Run Happy Cavalcade of Curiosities"?
- Heck, what about a Tour de Fat style carnival? The poster sure suggests it!
- Bike Art like Mary Lou Zeek's Different Spokes from 2008.
- Any fabricators of hand-built frames in Salem? Maybe a custom bike show.
- A show of vintage bikes.
|Brooks Cavalcade of Curiosities|
|Temporary Bike Corral on Sidewalk|
State Street, First Wednesday July 2013
FoxBlue has created a poster with details on some of the downtown offerings.
Ventis and One Fair World are offering discounts, and the Peddler will have a workstand and repair station. Mary Lou Zeek will also have an interactive art project.