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

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