Eugene Advocates Testify (again) in Salem to Support Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrian advocates from Eugene will join others from Portland and around the state to testify that we need imporovements to Oregon’s crosswalk statute SB424A.
Advocates will be gathering at 11:00 a.m. before leaving for Salem today at 11:30 from the Eugene Library. The Library will also be the site of Eugene’s first Pedestrian Safety Summit on Wednesday 9:30-12:30, sponsored by the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Holly McRae, chair of Eugene’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee who testified Thursday and Marina Hajek, a mother who lost her child on Bailey Hill Road in 2007, will make the trip to Salem again today, before the House Judiciary committee. Mary Otten who is blind, with her guide dog that will also be going to the Salem hearing to testfy.
After last week’s bombshell of Eugene-Springfield Metro being ranked the most dangerous area to be a pedestrian in the state, the advocates have decided to continue their fight for pedestrian rights.
The SB 424 clarifies when a pedestrian gains their right to safely enter the roadway. The bill is in a critical stage now as provisions could be stripped from the bill in committee. Here is some detailed information about the Bill and where it stands now: http://portlandafoot.org/2011/05/proposal-might-gut-crosswalk-safety-bill-pedestrian-advocate-says/
For more info contact Steph Roth, Willamette Pedestrian Association at 503-223-1597, Holly McRae at 541-968-0653, or Marina Hajek 541-221-6087