Monday, October 1, 2018

Urban Streetscaping FAIL

How many pedestrians can you see behind this small jungle at Elm and Woodmont in Bethesda, MD?

If you look closely, you will see a man in a white shirt waiting at the curb to cross the street, so there is at least one.  We have no way to know how many more there might be.

A car planning to turn the corner could look for pedestrians, not see any, and assume it is safe to proceed.  And then get surprised when one steps out from behind the vegetation.

A pedestrian looking over their shoulder similarly cannot see if there is a car waiting to turn.

We saw a similar problem with planters at a corner just a few blocks from here in 1997 on Episode 15.  It's part of the third segment.

The same problems keep coming back when planners and designers do not use any common sense.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Perils For Pedestrians 258

  • The state highway in Battle Lake, MN, was rebuilt as a complete street.
  • Art was an important part of the project.
  • The police chief likes the slower traffic.
  • We talk with a developer about pedestrians on Broadway in Fargo, ND.
  • We look at pedestrian planning by the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Council of Governments.
  • We learn about the North Dakota Active Transportation Alliance.

Here are the before and after photos of Lake Avenue (State Route 78) in Battle Lake, MN.  The road was reduced from 4 lanes to 3 lanes in a classic road diet.  The space freed up was used to widen the sidewalks.  Notice that the streetlights (which were not moved) went from being next to the curb on the old sidewalk to the center of the wider sidewalk.

Perils For Pedestrians 257

  • We talk with a member of the bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.
  • We learn about Pedal Fergus Falls.
  • The West Central Initiative helps small towns with pedestrian issues.
  • We head north of the border to meet an advocate in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Perils For Pedestrians 256: St. Paul

  • America Walks holds the National Walking Summit.
  • We talk with the chair of the local host committee.
  • We learn about Our Streets Minneapolis.
  • We get the thoughts of a pedestrian advocate.
  • The Deputy Mayor addresses the Summit.
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Friday, May 4, 2018

Perils For Pedestrians 255: Milwaukee

  • We talk with the pedestrian and bicycle coordinator for the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • We learn about a new pedestrian advocacy organization, Milwaukee Walks.
  • We talk with a blind pedestrian about getting around Milwaukee.

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Perils For Pedestrians 254

  • We travel to Indianapolis to talk with the executive director of Health By Design, and learn about The Cultural Trail.
  • We meet the Indianapolis Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator.
  • We learn about the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission in Springfield, Illinois.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Perils For Pedestrians 253

  • A crosswalk enforcement operation in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Topeka, Kansas, has a new pedestrian master plan.
  • Topeka Metro's bikeshare system and bus stop improvements.
  • Lawrence, Kansas, and the Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition.
  • The impact of broken sidewalks on elderly pedestrians in Lawrence.
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