If you haven't done so already, consider writing, calling, or visiting our Senators and Representative in Congress.
- Sen. Wyden - 707 13th St., SE Suite 285, Salem, OR, 97301, (503) 589-4555
- Sen. Merkley - 161 High Street SE, Suite 250, Salem, OR 97301, (503) 362-8102
- Rep. Schrader - 530 Center Street NE, Ste 415, Salem, OR 97301, (503) 588-9100
There are many ways to approach the Open House for the "Strategic Plan" on Tuesday.
|It feels right now like there's a flyswatter just off camera|
|Community Priorities Telephone Survey (and throughout)|
The Memorandum of Understanding recently published by the City offers a very specific way to approach transportation.
City will commit to allocate a reasonable percentage (to be determined in the IGA referenced in Section D of this MOU) of the next transportation bond to develop and construct pedestrian and bicycle specific capital projects, and improvements that support SAMTD operations. [italics added]That's something that will be hammered out within 90 days. There is lots of wiggle room in just what exactly constitutes "a reasonable percentage" and that will be in many ways a political, rather than technical, solution.
Ask the City for a maximum percentage, a majority even.
Impress the City also with the fact that it says "pedestrian and bicycle specific capital projects," not just a side order of standard sidewalks and bike lanes when it widens a road. Those things should constitute a floor of expectation, and are not amenities or special features, things to be called out as extra. They are a baseline and norm. Every project should have them, and we should not pad our totals of "bike/ped projects" with them. A bike/ped project is something like the Union Street Railroad bridge and family-friendly bikeway. We should not be content to count as "a bike/ped project" something that is merely legacy remediation, like standard bike lanes and sidewalks on Brown Road. That really deserves a separate bucket that we straight-up call "legacy remediation" or something similar. It's not an "urban upgrade," it's remediation.
This is still an uphill ask. Devoting the bulk of funds to more widening remains a popular choice.
But the fact is, investment in widening doesn't work.
The Open House is Tuesday, January 31st, 5-6:30 p.m., Broadway Commons, Grant Room, 1300 Broadway St NE.