A meeting to continue to discuss safety concerns about pedestrians crossing 30th Avenue east of Hilyard Street has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3, beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Camas Ridge Elementary School, 1150 East 29th Avenue. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss community input, describe evaluation studies, and present the City’s recommended improvement option.
Many pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and neighborhood have expressed a desire for a safer street crossing that is easy to use. Many of the concerns have been submitted on behalf of students who attend Camas Ridge Elementary School. While there is a pedestrian bridge across from the school near University Street, it has steep stairwells and doesn’t work for people with mobility challenges or families with strollers or large bicycles or tag-along trailers. Another group of concerned users are transit riders who board at 30th Avenue and University, which is five blocks from the only marked crosswalk on 30th Avenue east of Hilyard Street.
An initial meeting was held on May 23 to identify safety challenges and begin the discussion of potential options. Staff is still developing a recommended improvement option for the Oct. 3 meeting. More information, including notes from the May 23 meeting and the results of speed studies and traffic counts, is available on the website at www.eugene-or.gov/30thcrossing, or by contacting Reed Dunbar, transportation planner, at 541-682-5727.