Franklin Street Intersection

Franklin Street Intersection

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This intersection, next to Washington Irving Elementary, has heavy traffic throughout the day, much of it coming to and from the train station. There is a crossing guard or police officer there during school commuting hours, but the crosswalk is rudimentary. How can we redesign this intersection to be safer overall, and more bicycle and pedestrian friendly?

Note the wide turning radius and the fact that the cross walk has only parallel lines, rather than a cross-hatched, high visibility design.

According to a traffic engineering report produced at Berkley University, "Ladder style (piano keys) markings should always be used at locations without positive traffic control and are advised at locations with positive traffic control (signals, stop signs). "

The federal highway administration report "How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan" points to wide turning radii as one of the factors that increase risk to pedestrians, by create long crossing distances and encouraging cars to drive fast through turns.

What other ideas could make this and other intersections like it safer?


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Franklin street intersection and crosswalk.

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