|Front page: Polk County Observer, Feb 18th, 1910|
Harvest on the Belluschi Bank,
relief by Frederic Littman
|These are hops for sure!|
Dorothea Lange, Library of Congress
The Downside of Road "Improvements"
The labor on Skyline Road is almost done, and folks can already see the problem:
Skyline Road to reopen; work to continue http://t.co/cHhbNWZGUB— Statesman Journal (@Salem_Statesman) September 4, 2015
Under our paradigm of hydraulic autoism, the "improvement" from two lanes without sidewalks or bike lanes, to a three lane configuration with a center turn lane as well as sidewalks and bike lanes constitutes an "upgrade to urban standards." This one is to a "minor arterial standard."Skyline Road is going to be great except people are gonna be driving 60 on it— SmellsLikeTomSpirit (@tmundal) September 4, 2015
|Skyline Road before (2013) between Liberty and Kuebler,|
almost open with sidewalks, bike lanes, and center turn lane.
This is a part of the reason why efforts to relieve congestion are in some fundamental ways counter-productive, and tend to encourage new kinds of jay driving and well as inducing additional traffic on the road, which ultimately re-congests.
For people on bike, it's great that there are new bike lanes, and these bike lanes will certainly better serve those who are already out bicycling on our city streets. But because of the increased speeds by adjacent auto traffic, these same bike lanes will not serve or recruit people new to bikes. A family with children is not suddenly going to find Skyline here an easy and pleasant place to bike.
Designs like these don't expand access to bike transport very well; instead they function principally as accommodation for those who are already biking.
We need a new approach and a new set of standards.
A Bus Foe Emerges
the Salem Weekly cover story. If not, it's important!
Salem Health has come out against a measure designed to expand bus service in Polk and Marion counties. The measure, up for public vote this November, would allow weekend bus service, later weeknight hours, youth passes for middle and high school students and holiday service.This is crummy (you might have stronger words!) and not at all community-minded or health-minded.
Things Probably Related to Climate Change
More drought news and warm water fish where they didn't used to be. It's not just the salmon dying in inland streams and rivers too hot. It's total systems.