Separately the City has published several documents related to the policy meetings in May at the parent Our Salem page.
|Only carrots, never sticks|
One of them is the summary presentation on all the policy concepts. In it we see one of the central problems. On transportation it's all about making small, non-specific changes to make it easier for those who would like not to drive. It's about incentives and making it a little easier. It's all carrot.
There is nothing about making driving more difficult or more expensive. Nothing about sticks. Nothing about ending all the ways we subsidize driving to make it the preferred choice.
Until we face squarely that we have to make real decreases in our driving, and that means for nearly everybody, not just those who already would like to walk, bike, or bus, but even for those who would prefer still to drive, we aren't going to succeed in our emissions goals.
|Scary, but intuitive and direct: Hide, then scamper|
City Traffic Camera, Commercial at Fairview
(It's telling, too, that the photo of the bike lane icon in the Policy slide deck is at a zoomy place where there is a lot of fast traffic, the bike lane on Liberty just ends, and proceeding on Commercial is very difficult. This is a Potemkin instance of bicycle connectivity! If the icon is meant as an example of a deficiency, it should be captioned.)