Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CATC Open House on Wednesday

The Citizens Advisory Traffic Commission is one of Salem's underused assets. Happily, four people who regularly bike are seated on it! Kenji Sugahara, Jen Akeroyd, Ellen Miller, and now Curt Fisher will help make sure that folks know traffic doesn't just equal cars.

And equally, that traffic problems can be solved by subtraction as often as addition. Lots of parking and traffic issues around schools, for example, will disappear when kids return to walking and biking to school, and no longer have to rely on parents for rides. Active transportation can be a big part of the solution!

One tool that hasn't got much play in Salem is the new 20 mph speed designation enacted in House Bill 3150, which would make a 20mph zone 24/7 - not just during school hours like a school zone designation. Wouldn't that be nice!

To help raise visibility and let the neighborhoods know about this asset, Ellen organized an open house for tomorrow night.

From her email:
WHAT: CATC Open House – Discussion: What can CATC do for you? - How to Deal with Traffic and Parking Issues in Your Neighborhood. Opportunity to meet with members of CATC and traffic experts from the City of Salem. A short presentation followed by Q&A. Cookies and refreshments will be served.

WHEN: April 18th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Library Anderson Room, 585 Liberty St. SE

WHY: To know what to do and where to go when you have traffic and parking issues in your neighborhood.

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