- Reduce engine idling and "follow the 10 second rule."
- Find out what drivers need
- Unleash high school students
It shows no awareness of scale. It's all about how to maintain current driving patterns while making teensy-tiny sweet nothings.
Buried in the wind-up is a real suggestion: Park the vehicle and walk.
Finding ways to substitute bike/walk/bus trips for drive-alone trips is far more powerful than starting and stopping your engine in the drive-through or figuring out ways to use your car's a/c without the engine running during a break.
How about "carbon tax" and raising the gas tax. Those are market-based solutions that don't involve regulations or other "red tape." How about better transit and facilities for people who walk and bike. There are lots of substantive policies the editorial might have embraced - but the piece instead carefully avoids anything that might look like "government action." Bigger steps will be necessary, though.
Third Bridge on the Radio
Also, you may have seen the N3B has been running commentary (here and here) on some talk radio appearances by the Mayors of Salem and Keizer and a representative from the Chamber, all to extol the Glorious Splendor of The Third Bridge.
|Endless Prosperity will be ours with the Third Bridge|
International Institute of Social History Collection
Fortunately, today Monday the 24th, two from N3B will be on the air for rebuttal. The show is at 4:30pm, and you can stream it at this link. If you'd like to call in, the number is (503) 393-1430.
We'll post the podcast link and update the post on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Update: Here's the podcast with N3B, 22mb, 55min, N3B at about the 24:30 mark.
25th and State at SESNA
|Transportation System Plan identifies the intersection for a fix|
Minutes for the last meeting also suggest the development proposed for 23rd Street just south of Mission may be back on. That will be something to watch.
Local historian Virginia Green also threw it down and "challenged SESNA to join her Historic Walking Tour project." That could be a fun project.
|1917 and current map - via USGS Historical Map Explorer|
State Bike and Walk Plan Meeting
|2015 draft Oregon Bicycle|
and Pedestrian Plan
They meet from 1pm to 4pm at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, on the corner of Union and High, in room 115.
On the agenda is the draft of the plan and the decision to move forward with a formal release for public comment.
(See here for some preliminary observations.)
SKATS? - Nope!
One note suggested that the Policy Committee for our local Metropolitan Planning Organization was also meeting on Tuesday the 25th, but there's no agenda or packet posted, so I'm not sure about this. (This post may be updated.) Update: No meeting.