Pedestrian flags get another look

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It would be hard to find a Keizer pedestrian or motorist who hasn’t been frustrated by the state of pedestrian crossings on River Road North. At its meeting Thursday, Jan. 12, the Keizer Traffic Safety, Bikeways and Pedestrian Committee (TBP) revisited the issue. In early 2016, the committee began investigating the possibility of adding pedestrian flags at strategic points along River Road. With plans to place such flags in downtown Newberg making headlines recently, the possibility got another look. “It is an idea that has worked in other cities including Seattle and Kirkland, Wash., and Salt Lake City,” said Wayne Frey, a committee member who looked into what other cities had done to improve pedestrian safety. Frey said the issue as it relates to Keizer is that the spacing of crosswalks becomes inconvenient for pedestrians. Depending on where one wants to cross, it may mean walking past one’s destination to reach a crosswalk and then a lengthy backtrack once they reach the other side of the road. “Many pedestrians are just walking across the street in an unsafe manner by crossing the street with no crosswalk, signal or method to signal to the motorists their intention to cross the street,” Frey said. To alleviate the problem, Frey said the city could place pedestrian flags at any legal intersection on River Road North – a legal...

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