|via 350.org and Mona Caron|
Though some argue incremental change is a strong enough move, it's not. We need whole system changes.
|Final pie chart from Our Salem: All about cars|
- Transit priority with bus-only lanes, signal priority, and a plan for full BRT on key corridors
- Parking reform with right-priced parking throughout the city and an elimination of mandated parking minimums in code
- A full commitment to building out a complete all ages and abilities bike lane system, including protected bike lanes on key arterial corridors and other busy streets and neighborhood greenways on quiet, low-traffic streets
- Decongestion pricing (if we price parking, which is a good first step, but do not price road access, the coming robot cars will proliferate and choke the streets)
- An end to new automobile capacity
- Better land use so that useful destinations are more often in walking and biking distance near homes - this means more density along commercial corridors, missing middle housing in established single-family neighborhoods, and neighborhood corner commercial clusters in residential areas of all kinds.
- Safe Routes to School training and programming at every school
- End commuter benefit and parking subsidies for drive-alone trips, and add new incentives for walk/bike/bus commuting
Enthusiasm for the national scale of a Green New Deal then filters to support and then improve state-level steps like HB 2020, and all the way down to a Salem Climate Action Plan that is not just gaseous and aspirational policy language but has a detailed and actionable plan to string together all those incremental smaller steps into system-level change.
|Make this one a lot bigger! (March 2019)|