|from the proposed 2017-18 budget|
|22nd Street SE at City Shops|
In order to highlight something, I want to trade for a moment on a crude stereotype. Most of the folks at the shops are probably still very manly men, and it is interesting that they find difficult crossing a two lane street here.
But if even the manly men are having troubles - and this is not to disparage the experience of the manliest of men, but rather to underscore how vulnerable we all are, that any and all humans can be crushed by an automobile - why then do we lag behind on facilities for children or higher volume sites than the City shops? Isn't this evidence that we need to put more resources generally into traffic calming and enhanced crosswalks citywide?
Also: Is there a speeding problem on 22nd? Is the problem instead with vehicle operators? Maybe speed tables would solve the problem? Maybe there are system problems here that a crosswalk seeks to evade.
And why should a crosswalk cost so much? $285,000 is quite on the expensive side. The five safety crossings near schools and on the Winter-Maple bikeway is budgeted for $566,200. New crosswalks ODOT is doing on Wallace Road are also going in for less. The cost here looks on the surface to be a factor between 3x and 5x the cost of a more routine median and crossing. So that needs more detail.
|22nd Street is not a Tier 1 priority,|
nor is there a crossing identified at shops
(Walking chapter, Transportation System Plan)
For several reasons, before the Budget Committee and Council approve this project, it deserves more public discussion.