About it the piece says:
The Mill Street SE crossing in Salem, near the Amtrak station, was identified as a high-density area for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. There is an elevated foot bridge for pedestrians to cross to and from Willamette University and the Tokyo International University of America.Not mentioned is the way our approach to "safety" sometimes displaces problems and shifts them to other locations in the street and complicates what should be direct and intuitive movements for people on foot and on bike. (Epicycles, I tell you!)
However, it is not the shortest route.
“The crossing has bells, lights and crossing arms, but people need to be looking and listening for them — not texting,” said Diane Young of Salem, an Operation Lifesaver volunteer. “Students with cell phones and ear buds in place cross regularly without even looking up.”
The crossing at Mill & 12th is an excellent example. Having used it a good bit over the winter and spring, I find one movement in particular especially nerve-wracking and worrisome. The work shifts conflict from the RR crossing to the street corner and intersection.
When going north on 12th/13th by the train depot and wanting to turn right to make my way onto the promenade, the design forces me to become an urban deer. Just like a bike salmon, I have to perform a ridiculous, non-standard, unsafe movement that cannot do other than totally flummox and even anger motorists for whom it looks like some stupid random bike crap. It makes people on bike perform unexpected things rather than act in more predictable ways.
I hate this! Rail safety people should hate it as well.
|The right-hand turn is especially screwed up|
|The total jumble at 12th and Mill|
For more on Salem's Quiet Zone projects see here. Some of the other sites have problems as well. Since Greyhound is moving to this site, and we should want the area to get more multi-modal traffic, we should give more thought to making it easy to walk and bike to here and near here.