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.
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.
Examples in the Pike District where we need refuges
Rockville Pike and Marinelli Road
top feature image: Joel on Flickr