By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

After almost a year of talking about installing a bike air pump/repair station around the Keizer Civic Center, the new amenity is on the way.

Hersch Sangster, chair of the Keizer Traffic Safety, Bikeways and Pedestrian Committee, updated the committee on rapid progress in a meeting Thursday, June 8.

A new bike repair station, complete with tools and an air pump, is expected to be installed at Keizer Civic Center by August. (File)

Sangster said he’d been passing out fliers hoping to drum up financial support for the project whenever he could and crossed paths with Steve Dickey, operations officer for Salem-Keizer Transit. That led to contacting Kiki Dohmman, head of the Cherriots Trip Choice program, which had extra funds to spend before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

“The station has been ordered and we will be reimbursed for the cost,” Sangster said.

Keizer public works staff will install the station near the bike rack at the Keizer Civic Center. Sangster hopes it will be up and operational by August.

In other business:

• Committee members Pat Fisher and Kathy Lincoln took a field trip to Cummings Elementary School to observe traffic problems around the school in hope of finding some way to alleviate potential hazards.

“The problem is that there is more than one problem,” Fisher said.

The 450-student school has only one bus route and the rest of the student body walks, bikes or gets dropped off by parents and guardians.

Some of the issues identified included: drivers making U-turns on Delight because of poor connectivity in the streets around the school; parents and guardians parking along most of the neighborhood streets adding to congestion and pedestrian traffic; and volunteer traffic coordinators are not always in sync.

“Solving a problem in one area could push it into another area,” Fisher said.

The pair came to the conclusion that the best path forward would be following the Safe Routes to Schools action plan, which would involve assembling a committee of parents, faculty and city staff to come up with a holistic solution.

“You would at least have a chance to hear about all the issues and get a consensus about things that could be done and the inconveniences associated with some of the options,” Fisher said.

• Fisher also had an update on the potential for new wayfinding signs along the Salem-Keizer Parkway bike path. Fisher spoke with Dorothy Upton, an engineer with the Oregon Department of Transportation, and determined that sign content as well as locations would need to be approved by ODOT officials.

The next step in the process is sitting down with city staff to determine specifics and then running those by ODOT. After that, there will be a push to find funding. The projects is estimated to cost about $650.