Salem City Council on Monday will consider adding "Vision Zero" — a goal of eliminating traffic deaths among cyclists, pedestrians and drivers over the next 10 years — to its citywide transportation plan.Councilor Virginia Stapleton is bringing forth the motion to add Vision Zero to the upcoming Salem Transportation System Plan update.Safer streets:Traffic fatalities decreased in 2022. Where does Marion County fall?Vision Zero is a decades-old strategy to cut the number of traffic fatalities down to zero and decrease severe injuries while increasing safe and equitable mobility for all.Portland, Eugene, Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis are all Vision Zero communities. Implementing Vision Zero can include efforts to reduce speeding, increase pedestrian visibility and accessibility, and protect cyclists.In her motion, Stapleton said key city departments, including Public Works, Community Development, Urban Development, and Police would need to be actively engaged as leaders and partners in the process of developing the Vision Zero plan, implementing it and evaluating and sharing progress.
The city would also need to work with other community partners in public health and transit."Safe streets are critical for all users including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists," Stapleton said in the motion. "Deaths on our roadways are unacceptable and preventable. As we commence the update of the TSP, now is the time to commit to ending what we have come to accept as a byproduct of our society — traffic deaths. " Other council meeting agenda items for Monday include:Authorizing the use of $4.5 million of unallocated McGilchrist Urban Renewal Area funds for the 22nd Street SE realignment projectAuthorizing the city manager to execute an agreement with the State of Oregon to transfer real property at Geer Community Park.Approval to submit grant applications to build Pringle Creek Path connection and refine the plan for a pedestrian bridge over Highway 22 east of Lancaster Drive SE.A public hearing on the reallocation of Community Development Block Grant COVID grants.A public hearing on Supplemental Budget 1 for unanticipated city expenses related to the operation of the city medic unit.Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board annual report and presentation.The meeting is at 6 p.m. It will be held in person at the City Council Chambers at the Salem Civic Center at 555 Liberty St.
SE and can also be watched on Comcast Cable CCTV Channel 21 or on the Salem YouTube channel in English/American Sign Language and Spanish.Those wishing to comment in person can sign-up on the rosters at the chamber entrance before the start of the meeting.Written public comments on agenda items can be emailed by 5 p.m. Monday to EMAIL. Or pre-register between 8 a.m.
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