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). "

http://www.techtransfer.berkeley.edu/tse/psap_template.pdf

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.

http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/ped_focus/docs/fhwasa0512.pdf

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

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I agree with the suggestion that the crosswalk have a higher visibility design. In addition however, this intersection needs a traffic light. A signalized intersection could safely allow for a reduction in the turning radius, thereby reducing the crossing distance for pedestrians, as cars entering Broadway would no longer need to merge with moving north/south traffic. A "No Turn on Red" regulation should then be adopted once the signal goes in.

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So sorry - I forgot to post my name. The above comment is mine!

Claire Davis
Sleepy Hollow

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Additional comments from the Tarrytown Walking Audit, 9/14/14

According to Federal Statistics, this intersection is the most dangerous in Tarrytown, with three pedestrians hit in recent years.

-- Unclear crosswalks, wide intersection to cross
-- Poor sight lines for cars, curb cut for pedestrians not channeled (too wide)
-- Speed limit too high, and there are three different speeds in a very small area (20, 25 & 30).

Possible opportunity:

-- Perhaps a stop light or raised median?

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I agree with the suggestion that the crosswalk have a higher visibility design. In addition however, this intersection needs a traffic light. A signalized intersection could safely allow for a reduction in the turning radius, thereby reducing the crossing distance for pedestrians, as cars entering Broadway would no longer need to merge with moving north/south traffic. A "No Turn on Red" regulation should then be adopted once the signal goes in.

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So sorry - I forgot to post my name. The above comment is mine!

Claire Davis
Sleepy Hollow

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Additional comments from the Tarrytown Walking Audit, 9/14/14

According to Federal Statistics, this intersection is the most dangerous in Tarrytown, with three pedestrians hit in recent years.

-- Unclear crosswalks, wide intersection to cross
-- Poor sight lines for cars, curb cut for pedestrians not channeled (too wide)
-- Speed limit too high, and there are three different speeds in a very small area (20, 25 & 30).

Possible opportunity:

-- Perhaps a stop light or raised median?

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