Sunday, 12 June 2016

What it takes to make my own neighbourhood Sustainably Safe

I created a list of all the things that would be needed to turn my neighbourhood, Blackmud Creek, into a neighbourhood of Dutch quality. It is a quite comprehensive list. I tallied up everything that from memory, we would need. I will put a link to an example with each requirement.

5.27 km of access road, with parking on one side of the road that alternates every 75 metres, with a ~4.5 metre wide brick paved carriageway and 1.8-2 metre wide sidewalks. Where possible, extra trees and plants shall be added. http://streetmix.net/CyclingEdmonton/510/access-road

1.5 km of collector road, a pair of 2.5 metre wide cycle tracks on both sides of the road on Blackmud Creek Drive to the East of Blackmud Creek Crescent and on the Crescent itself, a 4 metre wide two way cycle path on the south side of Blackmud Creek Drive to the West of the Crescent, with the collector road itself to be between 5.6 metres wide and 6.2 metres wide, with generally between 2.8 metre and 3.1 metre wide travel lanes and 2 metre wide sidewalks on both sides of the road, except within 300 metres of the school, where it would be 2.5-3 metres wide. The buffer between cycleway/footway and roadway shall be at least 1 metre, should be 1.5 metres or more if possible. http://streetmix.net/CyclingEdmonton/511/distributor-road

7 access closures http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/styles/dc_-_wysiwyg_-_smart_embed/public/assets/images/roadclosure.jpg?itok=e43oOInM

1 220 metre long downgrade from collector road to access road https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q57sa7tjSNk

2.5 kilometres of upgraded recreational trail to 3 metres, smooth black asphalt, with lighting and a 1 metre wide clear zone on either sidehttps://www.google.ca/maps/@51.7300447,5.2422711,3a,79.1y,206.42h,70.96t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sf_YorNxQDh-6SlJUBzrQpg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en
530 metres of upgraded, 88 metres new, cycle and pedestrian shortcut, 3 metre asphalt cycle path + 2 metre wide sidewalk in each casehttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fGqAe0NeyMI/Vk4fMZmOLbI/AAAAAAAADxw/8Rqjz12pqxM/s400/9.JPG

1.87 km of new 4 metre wide cycle path + 2 metre wide sidewalk to be rebuilt next to Ellerslie Road and James Mowatt Trail. https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.7007981,5.275647,3a,49.2y,301.4h,78.17t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sIpVJ2gQ6Rmh2hjY5KxbpXg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

1 new safe zebra crossing (with non priority cycle crossing) at Bowen Wynd and James Mowatt Trail, may need to be traffic light controlled crossing with 5 second waiting time. https://www.google.ca/maps/@52.9951641,6.5113471,3a,75y,352.98h,76.08t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1srpvglb0L2dO-uPxb-PPlwQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

4 new zebra crossings with raised table, overhead signage and a sharp bend with a design speed of 30 km/h, one at both ends of the trail through the stormwater pond, one at Barnes Way and Blackmud Creek Drive, and one at both junctions of Blackmud Creek Drive and Blackmud Creek Crescent https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.9210855,4.3848527,3a,75y,233.69h,72.28t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTMc0fdWUMaEckyrUPUSH0w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

26 new pedestrian non priority crossings with dashed parallel lines perpindicular to the road, a raised table and a centre median, one at each minor side road where zebra crossings are not used. https://www.google.ca/maps/@52.0959974,5.1137669,3a,75y,323.51h,72.65t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1siUG3EqzHLKkz10jEoERJVg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

12 new bus stops with cycle parking, a 20 cm high curb, tactile markings, bench and shelter, a departure board and inset bay if mixed with general traffic, all along James Mowatt Trail or Ellerslie Road. https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.8618078,5.8631445,3a,73.9y,203.31h,76.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s9YR8csL-LEQaake-hpSmqg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

14 new raised intersections at access road to access road junctions. https://www.google.ca/maps/@51.6882764,5.2818385,3a,75y,358.3h,69.15t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1spVu4_AblGIPQNyHQRnQKfA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

12 new gateway style access road to distributor road crossings with continuous footway and cycleway. https://departmentfortransport.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/continuous-path-cycle-view.jpg

1 new single lane roundabout at Blackmud Creek Drive and James Mowatt Trail, https://cyclebath.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/screen-shot-2014-09-21-at-16-58-09.png, 1 new turbo roundabout to be built at James Mowatt Trail and Ellerslie Road. https://bicycledutch.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/turbo-roundabout2.jpg

1 new set of underpasses for vulnerable traffic users at the turbo roundabout. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VURs-WK-JqU/U_SNmzVAu_I/AAAAAAAATJQ/Bfaf39Lo9Sk/s1600/102_5212_1.jpg

New protected intersection at Ellerslie Rd and Blackmud Creek Drive. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TMQ7ttT6XRI/VYGxKIcQNQI/AAAAAAAAYvo/JnL1zhaZIJQ/s1600/DSCF6801-1.JPG

New ban on vehicles over 3500 kg except for emergency vehicles and public service vehicles from entering the neighbourhood.

As you could see, a fairly simple list of actually relatively cheap things we can do, some things we could do in a day if we wanted to, like the no trucks and filtered permeability, painted crosswalks, and a few other things. Why don't we take simple measures to do things like this? 

1 comment:

  1. Very good information that should be followed to the letter. Thank you.

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