Notes from the Traffic Safety Committee meeting

The Keizer Traffic Safety, Bikeways and Pedestrian Committee met Thursday, Dec. 12. Here is what was discussed: 

• Wayne Frey reported on an inventory of bike racks available at Keizer parks. Ten of 19 parks have bike racks of varying capacity, but both Frey and Hersch Sangster took issue with “toaster-style” racks in four of the parks. The racks represent a style of theft protection from a bygone era and the committee may advocate for replacing those racks – in Northview Terrace, Keizer Rapids Park, Clear Lake and Country Glen parks – as soon as the city’s budget allows. 

• Sangster reported on a plan for the city or school district to take possession of a recycled bike repair station and place it near Kennedy Elementary School and the Keizer branch of the Boys & Girls Club on Noren Avenue Northeast. Sangster said he spoke with Kennedy Principal Jesse Leonard, the director of the club and a lead teacher who all enthusiastically embraced the idea. 

• Mike DeBlasi and Kathy Lincoln reported efforts to get cities like Keizer and Salem to adopt new road standards (speeds, lane widths, etc.) that favor multimodal transportation. The standards currently in use favor automobile traffic over all others. 

The next meeting of the committee is Thursday, Jan. 9.