The print run for v2.1 has "sold out," and it's time for v2.2 now!
|It's time for v2.1 of the Salem Area Bike Map!|
If you were new to town, new to biking, or navigating in an unfamiliar part of town, the lack of street labels was problematic.
So that's something they know about and are working on for v2.2.
MWVCOG/SKATS just rolled out a new website, and navigating to the map is really difficult now. I think this will work. (If it doesn't, leave a comment. Hopefully they'll find a better way to fit static links for some things into their new web architecture.)
Do you have other ideas or comments? (They'll be including new bike lanes and other facilities, as well, of course.)
Send comments to Ray Jackson at SKATS. He would like them by the 29th of this month.
Stress Level Indicators: What the Map does Well
Unfortunately, a recent death in Portland underscored ways that the changes made in v2.0 are helpful.
Martin Greenough's death on Lombard Road in Portland in December was horrifying, and the gap in the bike lane under the bridge looked terrifying.
If you follow BikePortland you'll have seen the discussion of the way this stretch of road is officially identified as "a good place to bike."—> Why would anyone ride on that scary stretch of Lombard? https://t.co/5SqNWqNWer pic.twitter.com/yCFWk1gp5B— BikePortland (@BikePortland) December 17, 2015
And it is far from this. But as someone new to town, Greenough had no way of knowing the finer details about stress level and small gaps in the bike lane.
About a week later, BikePortland noted that METRO, the MPO serving the Portland region, had edited their bike lane maps.—> Metro edits 'Bike There' map after man's death in bike lane gap https://t.co/6jmyOQC4Gj pic.twitter.com/YfVCrhRJjX— BikePortland (@BikePortland) December 23, 2015
This might be an area where Salem is actually a little ahead of Portland. Really!
During the 2012 revision of the Salem bike map, consensus gelled that basic bike lanes on busy arterial roads did not themselves constitute "a good place to bike," and they were labeled instead to signify that some level of caution was appropriate. These bike lanes serve those with a higher tolerance for stress, but not the broadest group of "interested but concerned" cyclists or those new to town who might not be prepared to contend with high volume arterial traffic.
|Whom does our Bronze rating actually serve?|
(via MassDOT Separated Bike Lane Planning Guide)
|Bike Map from Crestview to City Hall|
The Salem bike map's not perfect, but considered as something to give a stranger new to to town, it's more useful in some ways than the Portland maps. It is less likely to lull someone into a false sense of comfort or safety.
So this is one of the most important lenses through which to analyze the map: For a new, "innocent" eye, what is missing?
Got ideas? Again, send comments to Ray Jackson at SKATS. He would like them by the 29th of this month.