Friday, September 16, 2011

City Recognizes Volunteer Work

At the Volunteer Awards on Wednesday, among those the City recognized are three who are making Salem a better place to walk and bike!

Two people worked on projects from last fall and early winter.

Amador Aguilar

The City recognized Amador with the Distinguished Project Award.

From the Statesman:
Aguilar volunteered to translated a survey of walking and biking needs for Salem's Spanish-speaking residents. Working with the Enlace Community Club, Aguilar helped the city communicate with residents who would not have participated.
Bill Holmstrom

The City recognized Bill with the Dorothy Patch Community and Educational Achievement Award.

Bill put together an educational video about sharrows in Salem.

Bill is a member of the Downtown Vision 2020 Bicycle and Pedestrian Workgroup, and regularly rides his bike around town. He produced this at CCTV.

Paul Gehlar

The City also recognized Paul with the Vern Miller Key Citizen Award.

Again, from the Statesman:
Gehlar has represented downtown and West Salem initiatives and served in a volunteer capacity for the Downtown Advisory Board, West Salem Redevelopment Advisory Board, Vision 2020 Action Team and the Go Downtown Salem Board.
The citation doesn't mention anything about walking or biking, but if you know Paul at all, you know he walks a lot, and that he's really interested in real multi-modal mobility downtown as well as ADA accessibility. Paul is also a significant business and property owner in Salem, works to bring partisans for business and livability together on common ground, and contributes philanthropically in many ways to the City.

Thanks, guys!

1 comment:

Melinda Filbert said...

I love Bill's video that he put together. Unfortunately, many in Salem do not understand what the sharrows really mean. At first I was following the suggestions in the video but found that I was often eased off the road by the car behind me (especially at the intersections). Now, I signal and pull over to allow cars to pass me on Chemeketa whenever I notice that there is a car behind me. I just don't think that it is safe to follow those arrows unless you are a swift cyclist who can do the posted speed. For those of us who ride at a slower pace, pulling over may slow you down a bit more but you'll get to your destination in one piece and make a lot of motorists less agitated.