Cezar Chavez Safe Routes to School Crossing
The City of Eugene used an ODOT Safe Routes to School grant to install a crossing at 14th Avenue and Chambers Street. The crossing connects the Far West Neighborhood to Cezar Chavez Elementary and includes a signalized crosswalk, school zone when flashing signs, and speed reader signs that show how fast your vehicle is going.
A local parent who helped highlight the need for safety improvements notes: “This outcome now is just fantastic,” Waters said, relieved that he is no longer referred to as the man with the slow down signs. In his safety campaign years, he would laminate colorful signs and stand on busy Chambers reminding drivers of the school zone and the 20 mph speed limit.
Now, he’s done being the “school zone guy.” “Just the livability – the ability to walk back and forth without worrying about traffic or your kids,” Waters said. “I’m so happy this has been done.”
Learn more about Walters' efforts and the end result: a safe route to school in west Eugene.