|Are we going to get serious about bike counts?!|
(Minutes from the last meeting)
|2008 bike count map|
(not in meeting packet)
(Here are reports on the 2008 and 2011 counts, and all notes on bike counting.)
In the trivial sense that the count project generated data, it was successful. But it was difficult to sustain in an on-going way. The City did not seem very interested in using the information to leverage more bike lanes or inform transportation planning. It remained very fringey. The struggle to adopt the TSP update, "Bike and Walk Salem," was also dispiriting. And of course the City's focus on the SRC revealed their real priorities.
So the count project just seemed like wheel-spinning and something ornamental for "box-checking" purposes. Without progress and real enthusiasm from the City, it was difficult to retain volunteers. Volunteers need to have purpose and to feel useful! Why are they giving their valuable time and effort?
|We weren't close in 2010, and still aren't a decade later;|
worse, we aren't on track to make the slightest difference
in another ten or fifteen years
(Our Salem, not in meeting packet)
Measurement is important, and it's more difficult, even accidental, to make enduring changes to things you aren't measuring. So having a bike count program would be useful. That chart from "Our Salem" uses very limited census data that has a fairly large margin of error. It would be very helpful to have data based on actual counts rather than census interviews or questionnaires.
|One of several charts in a discussion of safety targets|
in the meeting packet
We have a lot of statistics on traffic violence. But we just sortof accumulate them, comment on them, and shy away from determined action to change them. They are more ornamental than the basis for policy and action.
|Look at these charts! We have the very best charts!|
|Several of these involve bike facilities|
And there is a note about action on greenhouse gas emissions. The MPO has firmly resisted over the last decade also, and probably they will need pressure to act.
|An email from DLCD on greenhouse gas (yellow in original)|
|Look for the historic sign|
next to the entry
SKATS Technical Advisory Committee meets Tuesday the 14th, at 1:30pm. SKATS is at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Table Five 08 and Epilogue Kitchen.
Look! Here's a study on a favorite topic. "Traffic Forecasting Accuracy Assessment Research" from the TRB and National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Look at that distribution!
|That's a bell-ish looking curve with a bias to the left|