|Camera at Trade and Commercial|
(updating image at Tripcheck)
At Council on Monday, during the update on the Road Bond, City Staff discussed the cameras and revealed that they are actually part of the $1.4 million "Regional Traffic Control Center, Motorist Information Systems, and Traffic Signal Communications Projects," 21 cameras scattered around the city.
|Camera at 12th and State|
(updating image at Tripcheck)
Upgrade Regional Traffic Control CenterHappily and importantly, at least some of the data is publicly available via the State's TripCheck website.
Remodel and expand the existing Lewis H. Garrison Regional Traffic Control Center to handle coordination of growing inventory of traffic signals, upgrade to handle improved technologies including, but not limited to, video detection, video and automated traffic counting, traffic monitoring cameras, and to serve as a traffic incident response and motorist information coordination center.
Traffic Monitoring Cameras/Motorist Information Systems
Install and network up to 24 traffic monitoring video cameras on key citywide arterial street locations to provide motorist information and traffic incident response coordination capabilities.
Traffic Signal Communications
Upgrade and install traffic signal interconnect system with fiber optic ring to accommodate communication with additional signals, video detection, automated traffic counting, and other traffic monitoring capabilities.
|Camera locations via Tripcheck|
|Traffic Camera at Boise and City Hall|
|Boise: The upper wood beams seem have been demolished;|
the middle with round, yellow beams, will be parking garage
(this image from October; the top is going away)
Boise site: Workers rip off roof of warehouse today. Building being converted to apartments. #sjnow pic.twitter.com/dd0b0wMVPgIn any case, wouldn't it be fun to be able to follow the Boise construction on the web?!
— Michael Rose (@mrose_SJ) January 28, 2014
We have car traffic counts, how about bike traffic counts?
Back to the bond, we've also had several rounds of new projects funded by bond surplus. Though the dollar costs are of course variable, by count of projects, Public Works has been able to increase the number of projects by 50%, going from about 40 to 60. That's neat.
|Automated Bike Counter on Hawthorne Bridge|
Next time the City finds change under the sofa, maybe we could install one or more here in Salem? How about daily data on the Union Street Railroad Bridge? While it wouldn't be a perfect representation of all bicycling activity in Salem, it would be a pretty good start!
The City sent out a press release about the cameras, and the paper dutifully rewrote it.
Here is a City page with links to images from the cameras, and it's much better than the tripcheck page!
Also, last month it looked like they found spare change and would fund two automated bike/ped counters, one each on the Union St. RR and Minto Bridges.
That's great news.