|Julie Warncke (center) on Panel at Active Transportation Summit|
yesterday, via Twitter
This year, in addition to Salem-based ODOT and other State staffers who regularly attend, the City's own Julie Warncke was attending and sat on a panel discussion about funding.
Show Me The Money: Funding Walking and Biking ImprovementsIt's true, the City has been pretty good about winning grants! Once the City puts together a project and works seriously on it, it has a very good rate of success.
Panel: Wendy Johnson, League of Oregon Cities; Susan Peithman, Oregon Department of Transportation; Julie Warncke, City of Salem; Evan Manvel, Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program
All too often, community visions for a better place to walk and bike get stuck behind a mantra: there’s no money. This shouldn’t end the conversation. There are over 30 sources of money, from the federal government to local measures, private foundations to ODOT funds.
This session features three people with experience finding funds to get things built. After panelists provide an overview of funds and experience of looking for funds at both the local and state/federal level, they will take questions. Attendees will be provided dot votes to choose the top five of the 30 sources to pursue in their community. The session will conclude with panelists providing suggestions on how best to get funds from those five sources.
The main problem in the last decade as been that the City hasn't pursued a greater proportion of walking and biking projects or gone after more ambitious ones, and has preferred instead to continue working on the SRC and to do major widening on Wallace, Kuebler and other big auto capacity projects.
It would be great if this new interest in the Active Transportation Summit represented a course-correction at the City.
So let's see more walking, biking, and busing projects, and fewer auto capacity projects!
|The District bond measure proposes to demolish Leslie pool|
and to pave over it for more car parking (24J bond measure sheet)
Included in the latest published concept plan is provision to demolish the old swimming pool and to replace it with car parking.
The development of the bond's projects isn't something we've followed here, and so now that the proposal is finally baked, it was interesting to see where else the District was proposing to add parking. (All the summary sheets are here)
The list isn't that long:
- Hallman Elementary - more parking, reconfigured drop-off lanes
- McNary HS - Parking expansion/new drop-off lane
- South Salem HS - Parking expansion
|(Meeting presentation and draft OAR)|
|HS Students should|
walk, bike, or bus!
Especially at high schools, it seems very wrong for the school to take precious property tax dollars and transfer these in a subsidy for "free" parking for high school students.
If anything was going to be subsidized, it should be bus passes and high quality bike parking.
Not "free" car parking.
Overall the bond measure looks to miss an opportunity on transportation and trip-end facilities.