|The current trail along a future extension of Croisan Scenic Way|
(See SATA Skyline and Croisan Trail System Topo Map)
Call to action for the Croisan Trail! There will be a presentation about the Croisan Trail at the SWAN neighborhood association meeting tomorrow, December 3rd, 6:30 pm at Salem Heights Elementary School. The action item is to get a motion to go to City Council to ask that the right of way where the trail sits be taken off the transportation plan to prevent future development along that corridor, and preserve it for recreation. Please show up if you can-- warm bodies are needed!Councilor Nordyke attended the meeting and has expressed an initial level of enthusiasm.
|Councilor Nordyke reposted the notice|
On a related matter for the Dogwood trail extension, the City had earlier said in a Staff Report:
The Salem Transportation System Plan...includes plans for Croisan Scenic Way S extension to serve as a north-south minor arterial street connecting River Road S to Kuebler Boulevard S. When the extension of Croisan Scenic Way S is constructed, it will include sidewalks and bike lanes that will replace the current trail and enhance the bicycle and pedestrian connectivity in this area. The Croisan Scenic Way S extension will also meet ADA requirements, improving accessibility.It is this minor arterial and the associated development that SATA, and apparently now Councilor Nordyke, wish to stop.
Here are questions the SATA, Councilor Nordyke, and the City should consider before making this move:
- How important is ADA-accessability here? The current trail does not function for people with mobility devices, and a regular street build out with sidewalks and bike lanes would offer significantly better function for all ages and abilities.
- How important is this connection in the winter, and the dark? An improved road will have lighting and stormwater drainage and offer function in a greater range of lighting and weather conditions.
- A improved connection would also offer an alternative to Croisan Creek Road, which is curvy and zoomy.
- How many homes would be given up? The land here may or may not be very suitable for housing, and even market-rate housing helps with regional affordability.
- Advocates for a trail along Marine Drive have suggested it would be temporary until the road is built. This trail was also going to be temporary until the road was built. Is this interest in trails a longer-term move to stop other roads? Is it a covert NIMBY move rather than a clever way to leverage right-of-way during the early pre-construction history of an area planned for development? What, if any, subtext is going on here?