Today's column by Saerom Yoo is a great example.
|Oh boy: Juvenile Bike Salmon + Top 10 Worst Intersection|
Pioneering Healthy Communities meet Bike and Walk Salem! Bike and Walk Salem, meet Pioneering Healthy Communities!
I live within walking distance of Bush’s Pasture Park, and it happens to be one of my favorite spots for a run or a walk. Crossing two main busy streets, then sometimes using the narrow sidewalk along equally busy Mission Street SE, dodging cars barreling by, was always part of the adventure.There's a whole lot of "changes that could make a big public health impact" already identified in Bike and Walk Salem!
It was strange to hear public health leaders in the community point the area out as a problem that could and should be addressed, instead of a fact of life....
Eventually, PHC will work with the city parks and planning departments to offer suggestions on small and simple changes that could make a big public health impact.
The intersection of South Liberty and Commercial, for example, has been identified as an intersection needing high-priority attention!
Pioneering Healthy Communities shouldn't feel it needs to reinvent the wheel and generate a whole new project list. Instead, it should work to mobilize City Staff, Electeds, and public opinion to fund and construct the slate of projects identified in Bike and Walk Salem as well as the Downtown Mobility Study.
The planning studies are done or in motion. What's needed now is political support and political will!