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1 HEAL Active Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Discussion September 9, 2014

2 Major Design Considerations Rural and urban Areas Sidewalk location considerations Crosswalk locations and safety Bicycle accommodation on roadways Parking issues Speeding and traffic calming Sidewalk typical section design Intersections One-way streets

3 Basic Design Parameters Sidewalks 5 wide with 2% cross slope (at driveways also) Layout route to minimize crosswalks Crosswalks at intersections are usually safer than midblock crosswalks Minimize crosswalk length Separate sidewalks from roadways as much as possible Bicycle Accommodation Roadway lanes are typically 11 Shoulders/Bicycle lanes should be 4 wide (5 where curb is present)

4 Basic Design Parameters

5 Basic Design Parameters

6 Basic Design Parameters

7 Broadway, Pembroke - Preconstruction Conditions Densely populated residential area Existing sidewalks in poor condition Broadway is wide open road with no curbing Two-way streets add to traffic congestion at school Major drainage problems Water system and gas system improvements Pedestrian safety at the school needed attention

8 Broadway, Pembroke - Preconstruction Conditions

9 Broadway, Pembroke - Preconstruction Conditions

10 Broadway, Pembroke - Preconstruction Conditions

11 Broadway, Pembroke Design Goals Rebuild sidewalks to comply with ADA Add curbing project wide to define roadway areas Create a one-way circulation pattern (Maple and Pine) Include angle parking on east side of roadway Improve pedestrian safety at the school by minimizing vehicle/pedestrain conflicts at front entrance

12 Broadway, Pembroke Post Construction Conditions

13 Broadway, Pembroke Post Construction Conditions

14 Broadway, Pembroke Post Construction Conditions

15 Broadway, Pembroke Post Construction Conditions

16 Broadway, Pembroke Post Construction Conditions

17 Broadway, Pembroke Village School

18 Broadway, Pembroke Village School

19 Broadway, Pembroke Village School

20 Broadway, Pembroke Summary Mailbox locations important to consider Creating a one-way circulation pattern drastically improved pedestrian safety at the school Back in angle parking was accepted by area residents with no complaints Village School improvements further improved safety for students being dropped off and walkers Street trees would have helped narrow scale of roadway Bicycle advocacy may have helped refine design

21 Newbury Harbor Pedestrian Project Preconstruction Conditions Small rural community center No sidewalks heavy pedestrian activity in summer Unsafe pedestrian areas at Town dock/beach parking area Intersection wide open allowing fast turns by cars and trucks Wide open roadway shoulders and poor access control leading to speeding Standard street lighting

22 Newbury Harbor Project - Preconstruction Conditions

23 Newbury Harbor Project - Preconstruction Conditions

24 Newbury Harbor Project - Preconstruction Conditions

25 Newbury Harbor Project - Preconstruction Conditions

26 Newbury Harbor Project - Preconstruction Conditions

27 Newbury Harbor Project Preconstruction Conditions

28 Newbury Harbor Project - Preconstruction Conditions

29 Newbury Harbor Project - Preconstruction Conditions

30 Newbury Harbor Project - Design Considerations Provide new sidewalks between municipal complex/library/town beach Create a safe pedestrian route at parking lot near the beach/docks including pedestrian bridge Create safe crosswalk locations Redesign the intersection to slow traffic down Provide improved bicycle accommodation Traffic calming to reduce speeding Shift roadway about 4 feet to accommodate sidewalks New street lighting and landscaping

31 Newbury Harbor Project Post Construction Conditions

32 Newbury Harbor Project - Post Construction

33 Newbury Harbor Project - Post Construction

34 Newbury Harbor Project - Post Construction

35 Newbury Harbor Project - Post Construction Conditions

36 Newbury Harbor Project - Post Construction

37 Newbury Harbor Project - Post Construction

38 Newbury Harbor Project - Post Construction

39 Newbury Harbor Project - Post Construction

40 Newbury Harbor Project - Summary Identify destinations/pedestrian routes early Parking spaces at Town Beach were sacrificed to improve pedestrian safety and create sitting areas Create enjoyable spaces in large pedestrian areas (not all concrete) that people will use Curbing, trees and ornamental lights (locations) are critical to visual character of roadway Create a balance between large vehicles and traffic calming at the intersection

41 Central Square, Bristol Preconstruction Conditions Downtown, densely populated, commercial area Many missing sidewalk connections Unsafe crosswalks Poor bicycle accommodation on roadways Vehicle speeding and traffic calming Wide open intersection with poorly defined lanes One-way operation change on North Main Street New lighting and landscaping

42 Central Square, Bristol - Preconstruction Conditions

43 Central Square, Bristol - Preconstruction Conditions

44 Central Square, Bristol - Preconstruction Conditions

45 Central Square, Bristol - Preconstruction Conditions

46 Central Square, Bristol - Preconstruction Conditions

47 Central Square, Bristol - Preconstruction Conditions

48 Central Square, Bristol - Design Objectives Improve crosswalk safety Add missing sidewalk connections Provide bicycle accommodation on roadways Minimize loss in parking spaces and locate new parking spaces where possible Create a visually constrained corridor with street trees and other streetscape elements for traffic calming Intersection improvements for pedestrian/vehicle safety One-way operation change on North Main Street for safety Create a Town Common area

49 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions

50 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions

51 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions

52 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions

53 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions

54 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions

55 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions

56 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions

57 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions

58 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions

59 Central Square, Bristol - Post Construction Conditions Improved visibility When leaving the parking space, motorists are able to see oncoming traffic. Decreased number of collisions Motorists no longer have to back out blindly from their parking space.s Improved safety For children. Car doors open in a manner that directs children to the back of the vehicle, ushering them towards the sidewalk rather than the street. For cyclists. As vehicles exit their parking stall, they are able to see cyclists in the roadway. Improved loading and unloading Trunks are adjacent to the sidewalk and open car doors offer protection from the street, allowing loading and unloading to occur outside of the traveled roadway.

60 Central Square, Bristol - Summary Back-in angle parking public acceptability can be challenging Flush island design (curb with stamped concrete) changed to stamped asphalt during construction Care must be taken when placing trees in commercial areas Locate new parking spaces where possible (back-in angle) Wide sidewalks encourage outdoor dining If a Town common is created it will be used Beautiful Streetscapes encourage investments

61 Conclusion Opportunities to allocate underused sections of roadways are everywhere Balance between large vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians a challenge Cannot tell people enough about what the impacts will be during construction Use back in angle parking wherever possible Beautiful streetscapes encourage investments Pedestrian and bicycle advocates must get involved during the design/public meeting process

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