|These cheery Canadians rode|
the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
More interesting is the way they settled on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway: There was more than a little bit of "dart-throwing" in the decision!
They didn't have any specific interest in Salem or in the Willamette Valley. This was an area new to them, easily served by I-5 and rail. If many of the scenic bikeways are in more remote parts of Oregon, here in the most populated corridor, the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway offers convenient access for short trips.
So imagine what could happen if TravelSalem and the City really aggressively marketed bike tourism here!
Additionally, at the train station there isn't any kind of mini bike station or kiosk that would direct travelers to other places to visit, restaurants to eat at, bike shops - any of the kinds of things in which bike tourists might have interest. Taking another day to tour Eola Hills wineries by bike, for example. A tire pump and tool kit could also be useful.
With the Greyhound depot renovation, we should really think about the ways we miss opportunities and under-serve visitors like this couple.
Library Sidewalk Skirts Awful Stairs
There's new construction at the library. A new sidewalk will make it possible to avoid the awful, awful stairs on the Liberty side between the Civic Center and the Library.
|New path makes it possible to avoid the awful stairs|
So, many people avoid them. That has meant walking through the parking lot. Not much additional distance, but annoying.
No more! Now there's a way to walk right past them.
(Maybe the stairs can be filled in to create a level platform and some other more interesting and active use could be installed on the new slab!)
Census Map shows Diversity and Clustering in Salem
A crazy map compiled from 2010 census data has been zinging round the internets the last few days.
|Each dot represents one person in 2010 census!|
(The color saturation on this clip is juiced for clarity)
The full Salem clip is a bit large, so look for it after the jump at the end...
Facilities at the New Fish and Wildlife Office
Oregon Fish and Wildlife has been in the news with their big move. What's a new State office like out in an industrial park?
|A hike on the path from the sidewalk to the building entry is so epic...|
|That they had to put in a bench at a midpoint!|
(In fairness to Fish and Wildlife, it seems intuitively obvious that their mission involves lots of field work or people coming from a distance and that among State agencies they will always be on the low side for bike use.)
It looked like some bike racks were installed, but if these are bike racks, they represent a pretty neat FAIL of ornament over function.
|Are these really bike racks? The salmon and eagles|
were nice symbols, but you can't actually lock to anything
Again, it is possible these are meant for some other purpose, but they were near the door, and there were no other staple, or u-racks, or other more obvious bike racking installed nearby. By elimination, it seemed these had to be the racking.
How is it that in 2013 at a brand-new State office, there's not a higher baseline for bike parking? These won't even be covered for shelter from rain.
And here's the big census map.
|One dot for every person in the 2010 census|
Click to Embiggen! (It's big)
via University of Virginia