Concerned with an uptick in traffic-related pedestrian fatalities, Salem City Council commissioned a Pedestrian Safety Study in 2016 to provide insight into infrastructure and human behaviors contributing to crashes in Salem. The study was conducted by DKS Associates, a transportation planning and engineering firm with offices in Salem. DKS Associates analyzed information from 2011–2017 that included a combination of crash data, police reports, and field observations. Field observations were conducted at ten intersections and along nine corridors that were selected due to their high frequency of crashes.
On November 13, the City will host a brown-bag meeting to present the findings of this study and to provide a Question & Answer session. This meeting is open to the public and will be held at Noon in the Salem Public Library Anderson Rooms. Nationally recognized transportation expert Gary W. Schatz will provide a presentation that includes trends related to location, type, and severity of crashes, as well as contributing environmental and human factors. The presentation will highlight examples of site-specific safety improvement recommendations in Salem.
Findings and recommendations from the Pedestrian Safety Study will also be presented at the November 13, 2017 City Council Work Session. The Council work session will be held at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, 555 Liberty Street SE. Council work sessions and meetings are also broadcast live by CCTV Salem on cable channel 21, and live streamed on the CCTV YouTube page (youtube.com/user/cctvsalem/) and City of Salem Facebook page (facebook.com/CityOfSalemOR/).Learn more about the study.