A great new group in town, Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates, needs your help. They're pushing to make Salem, Oregon a much more bike-friendly town.
Which was the subject of my Strange Up Salem column in Salem Weekly a few weeks ago.
Angela Obery seeks to change things.
She’s a long-time resident of the Highland neighborhood who has formed a Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates group.
After talking with Obery I’m super-enthused about her vision. This could be a game-changer for enhancing our quality of life, along with making Salem more attractive to people and businesses thinking of coming here.
A bike boulevard is a residential street that’s been optimized for bicycles, which also makes the street friendly for pedestrians, skateboarders, joggers, and other people outside of a vehicle “cage.”
Help us spread the word...
Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates needs your help to spread the word about bike boulevards. Here's how:
1) Learn more about bike boulevards and how they can benefit Salem neighborhoods. These two videos are a great place to start: "What are bike boulevards?" at http://youtu.be/CyQHSdhIYCg and "Who benefits from bike boulevards?" at http://youtu.be/fJ8IlX2g_js
2) Write to Salem Leaders and tell them that you "support the development of bike boulevards in Salem." Contact info here: http://www.cityofsalem.net/CityCouncil
Email address is: email@example.com
3) Forward this e-newsletter on to friends and encourage them to join our mailing list at: http://eepurl.com/bcFbVP
4) Invite SBBA to present at your organization/school/ church. Let us know the day & time and we're happy to share our message with all of Salem: firstname.lastname@example.org
Together we can bring safer, more comfortable biking routes to our home town!
Pleasingly, the Salem Breakfast on Bikes blog is reporting that enthusiasm is growing for Bike Boulevards.
I believe the City Council is having a work session on March 16 to come up with their 2015-2017 goals. The Mayor and City Councilors need to hear from Salemians that this needs to be a top priority.
And give Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates a Facebook like.
If you need convincing that Salem should put a lot more emphasis on walking and biking, take a look at this video. Other cities are way ahead of us in this regard.
[2017 update: Progress! Here's a PDF file of the draft City of Salem Winter-Maple Bikeway plan.]
Download Winter-Maple Bikeway Plan