|From the SKATS-TAC meeting packet for Sept 8th|
|A civilian precis of the TTI study in the paper last month|
|TTI definitions from the meeting packet|
Anyway, above and beyond this the study is a bunch of hooey and horse-pucky, and only an agency committed to hydraulic autoism would waste time with an uncritical presentation of it.
(Much more useful would have been a critique of it!)
|ODOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety|
Implementation Plan (entire here)
|Priority Corridors for Walking Safety|
|Lancaster heads the list for dangerous walking!|
|Priority Corridors for Bike Safety|
|Again, Lancaster heads the list!|
The report was for information only, but it will be interesting to see how it trickles down to funding decisions in the next few years.
The meeting also included some back-office administrative details on the application process for the $9.25 Million of "Enhance non-highway funds" for Region 2. This pot of money could fund significant bike/ped projects, but it is also spread thinly among the cities in Region 2, and it's hard to say what the prospects in Salem are. Region 2 includes Lane, Linn, Benton, Lincoln, Polk, Marion, Yamhill, Tillamook, Clatsop, Columbia, southern Clackamas and western Washington counties. So that includes Corvallis and Eugene, for example, who are likely to have strong proposals. Pre-apps are due on September 11th.
Finally, some movement on greenhouse gas modeling. Even though the MPO has steadfastly resisted and delayed greenhouse gas modeling, it is apparently coming down the tracks. The Salem area is not required to do full "scenario planning" like Portland did, and so plans look to be in motion here for a lesser version called "strategic assessment." Some 28 inputs are
entered into ODOT’s Regional Strategic Planning Model (RSPM). The RSPM outputs include expected GHG emissions per capita in 2035, and gives other forecasts about household travel costs, vehicle ownership and operating costs, vehicle delay, fuel consumption per capita, bicycle and walk trips, and changes to vehicle miles traveled and air pollutants.After running many iterations of the model under different clusters of potential policy actions, it will be possible to identify groups of policy actions that seem most likely to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets. These would be non-binding, but at least theoretically could be used to inform actual policy changes (or of course they could just be ignored).
This will be interesting to watch this fall. Right now a formal presentation by ODOT and DLCD staff is scheduled for the late October Policy Committee meeting.