|No sidewalks on this part of Commercial Street|
5 auto lanes wide, with an 85% speed of 41 mph
On Facebook the City says:
Come provide input on Salem’s Strategic Plan goal priorities, make suggestions for actions the City should take, and tell us how you would measure success. At the Open House, you can learn about how Council and community input have informed the Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals in Salem's Strategic Plan....
How can you provide input into the strategic planning process?
- Drop in anytime between 6-8 PM on June 1 (we’ll have a brief presentation at 6:30 PM)
- Write in anytime to email@example.com
- Participate in a City Council Work Group or Work Session (dates, times and topics are featured on Salem’s web page)
|These shouldn't be ambiguous, but apparently they are|
There's a new autoist advocacy group on Facebook, an organizer of which is trying to lobby folks to attend the Open House, and they're mostly just posting pictures of themselves stuck on the road, as if they themselves are not part of the problem, that their own driving itself does not constitute the problem.
They seem to make their case mostly through sophistical inversions.
But no. The errant conclusion here is that we need to build more roads so we can drive more, which somehow will reduce the pollution. Magic!
Another person elsewhere called biking impractical and able-ist, and challenged a person to ride up Eola.
|With a walker, it's treacherous to reach|
the bus stop from Fred Meyer
Doubling down on and overinvesting in compulsory autoism is one of the most able-ist gestures the City can make.
You might remember this ad from a few years back.
At the time, this battery-assist bike from Giant was about $2,250. (So there's a meaningful response to the problem of the Eola hill!)
If you added a $500 allowance for rain gear, and purchased a $2,750 eBike commute package for 24,239 people, every single person in West Salem, that would cost less than $67,000,000.
There is a whole lot you can do for less than the cost of a whole new bridge and highway.
And it could solve a whole lot of congestion! Remember, not everyone has to bike. Just getting 10% of people to switch could make a huge difference.
|AAA: Your Driving Costs 2015|
It'll be interesting to see how the Open House goes. Advocates from our local 350.org chapter will be there calling for a commitment to a Climate Action Plan, as well.
There are many other topics, of course. So far the only public citizen overview of the entirety has come from the Salem Strategic Plan Study Group. Their response from earlier this month starts on page 8 (of 12) in the comment packet for the May 6th Council work session. (Most of the other comment is about climate change. If you know of other substantive commentary - that is, on the policy rather than on the process, which has already been criticized several times - please add links in the comments!)
The Open House is Thursday, June 1st, 6-8:00 p.m., Broadway Commons, Grant Room, 1300 Broadway St NE.