|Arts and Parks Corridor concept (comments in red added)|
That project now has a facebook page and a more focused advocacy effort.
Certainly, for walking it's an unambiguously terrific idea, and deserves full support.
But conceived as a set of bike routes, at present it is impossible, it it is likely to remain problematic.
This will be criticism of detail, not criticism of the "big picture" concept, please note! It's just that currently you can walk this route, but you can't really bike it, and significant, big interventions will be necessary for it to be a meaningful and useful bike route.
|Historic Downtown Route and 2012 Salem Bike Map|
(click to enlarge)
This new concept is focused more on walking, and it may be that instead of trying to brand it for "Pedestrian and Bike," it should just be for walking, a walking map and set of walking routes. That's valuable by itself.
The chief problems for biking are numbered in red on the map at top.
1) State Street is currently one way east- and out-bound. It lacks bike lanes. It is effectively closed to bike travel. (The new concept uses State Street instead of Travel Salem's Court Street alignment. But both have the same problem.)
|Crazy ramp spaghetti at Mission and 13th (route in blue)|
|Comment on a steep and nearly blind corner|
at High St along Pringle Creek - via facebook
|No one should be encouraging sidewalk biking here|
at Deepwood on Mission by the creek
Opportunity to Give the Church Street Bridge more Love!
Despite the difficulties and gaps for bikes, there are lots and lots of wonderful things that could emerge from the project.
One of the things that could develop is more attention for the state of the Church Street Bridge across the confluence of Shelton Ditch and Pringle Creek.
|The stairs on the Church St Bridge (in 2014)|
|Type D railings, viewing area, and lanterns on|
Church Street Bridge (in 2012)
The bridge is the very best remaining of the local city bridges designed by R. A. Furrow, in the orbit of Conde McCullough. We have been replacing them (the Commercial Street and Winter Street bridges most recently) and we should have an interest in preserving one as the best of its type. The Church Street Bridge is that one. If we could focus this section of Church Street on walking and biking, and have local traffic only on it, it may be possible to keep the bridge longer than similar ones at sites with more heavy traffic. It also deserves investment for the deteriorating concrete.
|(See here for more - |
this guide to historic bridges
seems to have disappeared
on ODOT's new website)