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Better Visibility


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Better Visibility


 

It’s unsafe when people driving can’t see people walking, whether because of overgrown greenery, inadequate lighting, or poorly-maintained crosswalks.

 
 

Solutions

image / tkaravou on Flickr

image / tkaravou on Flickr

Better lighting

Many crosswalks in the Pike District are poorly lit or not lit at all, making it difficult for drivers to see, and yield to, pedestrians.

image / PROSDOT photos on Flickr

image / PROSDOT photos on Flickr

clearly visible crosswalks

Drivers on Rockville Pike and on many of the major streets in the White FlintPike District area aren’t used to pedestrians walking alongside them since for decades, a pedestrian in that area was almost as rare as a really great $5 Bordeaux.  For the cost of a bucket of paint, cool crosswalks would draw attention to the fact that people now walk in the Pike District. (They’d also add some much needed beauty and pizzazz, but we digress.)

image / my_southborough on Flickr

image / my_southborough on Flickr

trim trees & vegetation

Improve sight lines by trimming trees and other vegetation so that drivers can actually see people walking.

 
 

Cost: low

Trimming trees, repainting crosswalks, and installing or upgrading lighting are relatively low-cost, easy solutions to implement.

 

Time: near-term

 

Examples in the Pike District

top feature image: Maarten Heerlien on Flickr

 
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Crosswalks on all sides at intersections


Crosswalks on all sides at intersections


 

When crosswalks are missing from one or more sides of an intersection, it forces people walking to go out of their way to cross in the existing crosswalks.

In reality, many people walking continue to use the most direct route to cross the intersection, only without the safety of a marked crosswalk and walk signal to alert drivers to their presence. 

 
 

Solution

Install crosswalks in locations where they were omitted in the initial design.

 
 

Cost: low

 

Time: near-term

 

Examples in the Pike District

Montrose Pkwy and Towne (Hoya) Road, Nicholson Lane and MD 355, Grand Park Avenue at Old Georgetown Road, MD 355 at Edson Lane

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Make pedestrian signals automatic


No more beg buttons!

Make pedestrian signals automatic


No more beg buttons!

 

Except for the intersection of Marinelli Road and Rockville Pike (thanks to a recent improvement by the State Highway Administration (SHA) and Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT)), all major intersections within the Pike District feature beg buttons in at least one direction.

Rather than improving functionality, these buttons often cause confusion among pedestrians. Not realizing they must press the button to receive a walk signal, pedestrians often tire of waiting and cross against the signal, making things less safe for everyone.

While careful calculations are necessary to ensure traffic needs are met, it costs nothing to flip the switch to make pedestrian signals automatic like they are in nearly every urban area.

 
 

Solution

Reprogram beg buttons to provide automatic walk signals. Recently, the Coalition for Smarter Growth and Friends of White Flint worked with the SHA and MCDOT to make the pedestrian walk signals at Marinelli and Rockville Pike automatic. 

 
 

Cost: low

 

Time: near-term

 

Examples in the Pike District

Most intersections in the Pike District with signalized crossings!

top feature image: nevermindtheend on Flickr

 
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Better signage


Help pedestrians navigate the Pike District

Better signage


Help pedestrians navigate the Pike District

 

The Pike District has a lot to offer, but its not always clear how to get there, especially on foot. Way finding signage at key locations would help guide pedestrians to their destination on quickest, and safest, route. 

 

Solution

Install wayfinding signage at strategic locations within the Pike District directing pedestrians to key destinations. 

 
 
 

Cost: medium

 

Time: near-term

 

top feature image: Joel on Flickr

 
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Add pedestrian refuges


Add pedestrian refuges in the median of wide streets

Add pedestrian refuges


Add pedestrian refuges in the median of wide streets

 

Rockville Pike is wide: between 6-8 lanes throughout the Pike District. For many, this distance can be too far to cover on foot in one light cycle. When that happens, pedestrians are stranded on a narrow concrete island between fast moving traffic.

 

Solution

Pedestrian refuges provide a safe place for those who cannot cross the full distance in one turn. On Rockville Pike, they could be implemented in the short term by narrowing traffic lanes slightly at intersections and using that extra room to expand medians.

 
 
 

Cost: low

 

Time: mid-term

 

Examples in the Pike District where we need refuges

Rockville Pike and Marinelli Road

top feature image: Joel on Flickr

 
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Eliminate hot rights


Eliminate hot rights


 

Hot rights, or slip lanes, are dedicated right turn lanes at intersections that allow drivers to make the turn at higher speeds by reducing the angle of the turn versus a typical perpendicular intersection. It also allows cars to turn right without stopping, although they do need to yield to cars and pedestrians.

For pedestrians, slip lanes make intersections less safe by placing walkers directly in the path of fast-moving cars and increasing the distance they must travel to cross the road.

 

Solution

Where possible, convert slip lanes to pedestrian space. Where existing traffic volumes do not permit the removal of a slip lane, redesign to improve pedestrian safety and reduce vehicular speed.  

 
 
 

Cost: low

 

Time: mid-term

 

Examples in the Pike District

Old Georgetown Road and MD 355, Nicholson Lane @ MD 355

top feature image: Joel on Flickr

 
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Mid-block crossings


Add mid-block crossings on superblocks

Mid-block crossings


Add mid-block crossings on superblocks

 

Along Rockville Pike, intersections are between .2 and .4 miles apart. While this isn’t far in a car, for pedestrians it can turn a quick trip across the street for lunch into a 15-minute detour. Predictably, many people opt for the shorter, and riskier route: dashing across 6-8 lanes.

 

Solution

Mid-block crossings, or dedicated pedestrian crosswalks that occur between signalized intersections, can improve safety by formalizing pedestrian crossings in areas of high demand.

They are already in other parts of Montgomery County, including Tuckerman Lane and Connecticut, as well as in walkable areas in the entire DC Metro region.

 
 
 

Cost: low

 

Time: mid-term

 

Where we need mid-block crossings in the Pike District

MD 355 at Executive Blvd.

top feature image: Joel on Flickr

 
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Missing sidewalks


Missing sidewalks


 

While they aren’t yet the gorgeous, tree-lined sidewalks that will one day line the sides of refashioned Rockville Pike nearly all roads in the Pike District have sidewalks – something to be thankful for.

However, there are several areas of high pedestrian traffic that lack formal sidewalks. These areas are easily recognizable by the well-worn dirt paths that develop from frequent foot traffic. 

 

Solution