Friday, January 21, 2011

City Holds Open Houses to Talk about Walking in Salem

The City of Salem is holding four Open Houses next week to talk about walking in Salem!

The City's plan for walking, its Pedestrian Element of the Transportation System Plan, is old and so the City is working on a new Walking Master Plan.

Four open houses will talk about and solicit feedback on the just-completed "needs assessment."
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Center 50+
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., West Salem Library
  • Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Main Library, Anderson Rooms
  • Thursday, January 27, 2011, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Houck Middle School Media Room, 1155 Connecticut Street SE, Salem, 97317
If you want to read the whole needs assessment, it is here. (47pp and 8MB about sidewalks, crosswalks, good and bad places to walk in Salem.)

The assessment discusses walking in downtown.

Access from downtown to the Union Street Railroad Bridge.

And conditions on the west side of the bridge as you leave the path and want to go places on Wallace.

The bridges are - and will be! - two of the most important pieces of the walking environment in Salem. This is a great way to get involved while issues with the Minto bridge are being worked through.