|Crosswalk and bus stop at Royvonne and Commercial (late August)|
One of them is the way we subordinate people on foot to businesses and car traffic:
Salem traffic engineer Kevin Hottmann suggested [Elizabeth] Pruden visit a number of local businesses near the intersection and ask them to write letters urging the city to establish a crosswalk.Like the death and circumstances aren't enough? Even if the businesses fought it - and they will in other places - we should insist on better safety for people who aren't traveling by car. We should not be so solicitous about getting "permission" from nearby businesses for safety improvements! This is a politics of safety we need to get past.
The piece also notes that Shatamera, who apparently lived east of Commercial Street, "mostly met up with friends at nearby Woodmansee Park."
|Past event, via Facebook|
A safety demonstration will follow the dedication. Elizabeth Pruden is
inviting attendees to bring signs to display at the intersection with catchy phrases like, “I like drivers that take it slow” and “Ignore your phone so we can all make it home.”But we also need to consider not just individual choices about compliance and care, but also system changes.
|With the flashers installed and shrouded, not quite open;|
but still signed for 40mph, July 29th
The crosswalk here will be helpful, but it is layered on top of a stroad that is still structured for autoist priority, and there is more to do.
(See previous notes on the intersection and crash here, here, and here.)
Addendum, Sunday the 6th
Here's a clip from "Field Guide for Selecting Countermeasures at Uncontrolled Pedestrian Crossing Locations" (2018, USDOT):