|Coffee Shack, Drive-thru, 10 foot path|
Intersection of Cherry and Auto Group Avenues
On the one hand, a 10-foot path is one of the conditions of approval for a new auto dealership and coffee shack. Yay! A developer will construct a segment, apparently without public funding. It'll be a glorified sidewalk, basically, but it will get done.
Condition 8: With Phase 1, construct a 10-foot-wide shared-use path along the frontage of Maple Avenue NE and Auto Group Avenue NE pursuant to Condition 1 of CPC/ZC 16-12. The path shall abut the south right-of-way line along Auto Group Avenue NE from Cherry Avenue NE to Maple Avenue NE and shall abut the east right-of-way line along Maple Avenue NE from Auto Group Avenue NE to the southerly terminus of the existing curb. The shared-use path shall be constructed a minimum of 4.5 feet from the face of curb. The southerly terminus of the shared-use path shall connect to the existing asphalt concrete path in Maple Avenue NE as shown in the Winter Street NE / Maple Avenue NE Bikeway Plan.On the other hand, we're going to put in a "family-friendly" bikeway immediately alongside a new auto dealership, car lot storage area, a new coffee shack and drive-thru, and the associated driveways, turning, and crossing movements by people in cars. The driveways will probably also dip in an annoying way. Boo! The immediate environment is totally autoist, and I wonder how many parents will find it meets an actual "family-friendly" standard.
Condition 9: With Phase 1, modify the signal and intersection at Auto Group Avenue NE and Cherry Avenue NE to accommodate the shared-use path.
Condition 13: With each phase, define the 10-foot-wide shared-use path by visual contrast or tactile finish texture across each driveway on Maple Avenue NE and Auto Group Avenue NE.
Condition 14: With each phase, post signs on each exiting driveway lane alerting drivers to the presence of bicyclists and pedestrians.
In a nutshell, that's where we are. It's an improvement, a substantial one, but it's also got some real warts.
Staff Report notes that
During this meeting, members of the Planning Commission and members of the public recommended changes to the Plan. Most of the changes were incorporated into the Plan, even though many were related to design details outside the scope of this study.But it does not specify what exactly were those changes.
About funding it has no new information:
The City has secured funding for two enhanced crossings on the route - the crossing at Fairgrounds Road NE and Norway St NE and at Pine Street NE and Maple Ave NE. Funding for these crossing improvements is programmed for 2020. The City also applied for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to install speed humps and to construct a sidewalk at the northern end of the route that would help serve the JGEMS Charter School and Oregon School for the Deaf. The City’s Community Services and Housing. Commission is not recommending CDBG funding for the project. Staff will continue to seek grant funding for implementation of the Plan.CANDO has a discussion of the CDBG priorities and deliberations here. CDBG funds come from HUD and it's not clear why housing funds would be used for speed humps and a sidewalk. That application would have been worth more public discussion. It's not very encouraging to think the City would try to use housing funds for roadway projects like this.
But that points to the problem of urgency. As long as we stay committed to free-flowing auto traffic, and see other mobility as an "extra," we will have these moments where we try to grab from other funding sources, and then say we can't do anything until we have extra funds specifically allocated for non-auto mobility.
The biggest questions are downtown.
|(The March update removes 20' minimum approach)|
|Winter Street downtown envisions angle-to-parallel conversion|
(unchanged from December)
|Parking Meters on High Street at Court Street - in the Good ol' Days |
(via Facebook, credit unknown)
- "More Details on Winter Maple Bikeway at Open House Wednesday" May 2017
- "Final Winter-Maple Bikeway Plan Envisions Sluggish Implementation" December 2017
- "Winter-Maple Family-Friendly Bikeway at Planning Commission Tuesday" February 2018
Council also proposes to acquire land for the secret goat trail near Belcrest Cemetery. It would be funded with Stormwater Funds from Public Works. (See previous discussion for map and a few other thoughts.)
|Lots of funding from property taxes here, little from gas tax|
or other auto user fees
- It still shows $15 million in a TIGER grant for the McGilchrist project, but given the way TIGER is evolving right now, this seems very speculative.
- There is a new plan and $300,000 for a walking and biking path along Portland Road to bypass the wretched conditions of the railroad underpass and its sidewalks.
- The closed bridge at the stream of mystery will be replaced with $140,000.
- $1.5M to "initiate design" of an over/underpass along Second Street NW at Wallace Road
- The downtown streetscape project has been bumped from $3M to $8M total, with an annual allocation of $2M over the four years of the plan.
- The buffered bike lanes on "middle Commercial" are programmed for 2020 right now
- Broadway NE north of Pine Street will get a partial 4/3 safety conversion (if I read it right)
- A discretionary allocation of $650,000 over four years for "pedestrian safety crossings" at unspecified locations as opportunity and safety demands arise
- $25,000 for the Congestion Relief Task Force and Study
- $4.3M for street work associated with the Police Station on Division, Commercial, and Liberty
Improvements include traffic lane modifications, traffic signal improvements, additional on-street parking, stormwater, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements on Division St NE from Commercial St NE to High St NE and on Liberty St NE from Marion St NE to the Mill Creek bridge.There's not enough detail to see how it all fits together and what exactly is proposed.
Just in general, the thing is - this is an opportunity! There's a real chance for the City to reconfigure this immediate area in a much better way for all road users, from Police to clients of the UGM and Arches.
(And again, I'll update a link to part 2 and the other topics later.)
Update, April 6th
Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates have published their comments and main requests. Generally they ask for faster implementation rather than a dodge for "further study" - basically "just do it." If you go to Council or submit comment, consider echoing these points in addition to any you find useful in previous discussion here.
- [on evaluating converting two-way to four-way stops] there is no reason to wait for the addition of all-way stop control at the intersections of Winter Street/D Street and Maple Street/Highland Street. All the information needed to make an appropriate decision is currently on hand. Postponement of decisions may lead to unnecessary, delayed completion of the constructed route. There are no required “warrants” in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) for all-way stops...
- [on evaluating uncontrolled intersections] there is no reason to wait for the addition of stop signs at all currently uncontrolled intersections along the WMB route. All the information needed to make an appropriate decision is currently on hand. Postponement of decisions may lead to unnecessary, delayed completion of the constructed route.
- [on evaluating speed humps and speed limits] Approve the Winter Maple Bicycle and Pedestrian plan with the inclusion of speed humps (as shown in the Concept Plan), as well as the addition of speed humps near Johnson and Tryon (next to the OSD campus), and include a 20 mph posted speed limit along the Neighborhood Greenway route.
- [on urgency generally] The project phasing outlined in the plan does not adequately address the need to move the Winter-Maple plan to a Winter-Maple reality.