On the front page is a pull quote from Governor Brown during her address to the Salem Chamber of Commerce:
The harsh reality is future generations will judge, not on the fact of global climate change, but on what we've done to tackle it.Those are fine words, and true enough.
For starters, the Governor and ODOT will have to renounce planning for more driving. There's no way we hit our climate goals with increases in driving.
This kind of disconnect is pervasive.
Also in the paper is a story about inconsistency - and perhaps even something that rises to cynical hypocrisy - at the University of Oregon.
Change will have to be threaded institutionally at multiple levels, the highest levels, and will need to be coordinated, not handled by small and decorative sustainability institutes. This will be true for the State of Oregon, for all our universities, for the City of Salem, for any institution or corporation.
Example of Bike More Challenge and the City of Salem
One of the recommendations from the Congestion Relief Task Force is to "develop and implement commute trip reduction programs." This is also helpful for emissions, of course, and we should be leveraging these alignments.
May's "Bike More Challenge" was right there for the picking, super low-hanging fruit.
|Lukewarm participation at the City of Salem|
The Bike More Challenge is a proxy only, and it's supposed to be fun. It is not in and of itself the best or most important element in any trip reduction plan. But it's a useful tool.
And it seems really telling that there's this opportunity right there, and City management and leadership show no interest in it. Disconnects like this are pervasive.
You can see the rest of the Salem-area leaderboard here.