Pedestrian Safety Study

The Salem Pedestrian Safety Study investigated the increase in severe and fatal pedestrian-related crashes in Salem since 2011.

DKS & Associations (DKS) was hired to:

  • Study the intricacies of pedestrian crashes
  • Identify trends and patterns
  • Develop recommendations to reduce the frequency and severity of pedestrian crashes

Safer Crossings Program

One of the programmatic recommendations to emerge from the study was the development of a Safer Crossings Program. By developing an objective, request-driven process for implementing new pedestrian crossings, the City can improve the efficiency and transparency of the decision making process related to the installation of new crossings. The goal of the Safer Crossings Program is to establish a process that allows:

  • Any member of the public to request the installation or upgrade of a pedestrian crossing facility
  • Requested projects to be ranked by a specific set of criteria
  • The public to easily access and track the status of requested projects

Project Advisory Committee

A Project Advisory Committee has been established in order to assist with the development of this program.

​Name ​Title ​Organization
Jeff Schumacher SCAN President SCAN Neighborhood Association
Julie Redden Member NESCA Neighborhood Association
Alan Meyer Transportation Chair Morningside Neighborhood Association
Becky Gilliam Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager Safe Routes to School
Jon Hardy Sergeant City of Salem Police Department
Eunice Kim Planner III City of Salem Community Development Department
Michael Shields Director of Transportation Services Salem Keizer Public Schools
Alan Scott Member Salem Citizens Advisory Traffic Commission
Roxanne Beltz Trip Choice Program Coordinator Cherriots
Mike Jaffe Transportation Planning Director MWV-COG

Upcoming meetings

The fifth meeting of the Project Advisory Committee is scheduled for Tuesday, February 26 at 12 p.m. in the Public Works Conference Room at 555 Liberty Street SE, Room 325, Salem, OR 97302. This meeting will be open to the public. If you are interested in attending please contact Anthony Gamallo.

Meeting documents

2/26/2019safer-crossings-program-agenda-2019-02-26.pdf93 KB
1/29/2019safer-crossings-program-agenda-2019-01-29.pdf96 KB
12/19/2018safer-crossings-program-agenda-2018-12-19.pdf100 KB
Checked Out To: Larry Harrington101 KB
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Key findings of study

As outlined in the Executive Summary, the key findings include:

  • Unpredictable patterns​—Crash patterns, driver and pedestrian behaviors, and other contributing factors remain variable and unpredictable.

  • Traffic and pedestrian conflicts—At several of the field study locations, increased conflicts were observed where major traffic flows and popular pedestrian travel paths intersected. In addition, drivers were often seen speeding, driving aggressively, and failing to yield to pedestrians.

  • Midblock conflicts—Vehicles and pedestrians were often observed at midblock locations on roadways with wide cross sections (four or more lanes), long distances between signalized crossings (up to 3,000 feet), and unique midblock attractions such as transit stops, convenience stores, and restaurants.

  • Illegal pedestrian crossings—Many pedestrians were seen crossing mid-block at undesired locations or crossing against the pedestrian signal. This trend is supported by the crash data that indicates 65% of non-intersection pedestrian crashes involved pedestrians illegally in the roadway.

Recommendations from study

DKS developed recommendations based on the crash patterns and behaviors identified from data analysis and field observations.

DKS identified the following strategies to improve walk safety:

  • Limit spacing between protected crossings
  • Limit conflicts between walkers and turning cars
  • Improve roadway and intersection lighting
  • Consider pedestrian paths at the planning level
  • Address concerning driver and pedestrian behavior using education campaigns and targeted enforcement
  • Specific recommendations for the 19 study locations

Contact us

Anthony GamalloSenior Transportation PlannerPublic Works Department