Safe and frequent road crossings support a walkable and bikable community. Road crossing improvements are needed in areas where there is demand to cross the road by pedestrians and/or bicyclists. These areas occur where a bike route crosses a collector or arterial road, a major bus stop is present, there is long distance between crosswalks, or there is a high demand based on land use and population density. Click here to view a map of road crossing issues areas identified in Ferndale.
There are many different types of countermeasures that can be used to improve safety and visibility of bicycles and pedestrians at crosswalks. Traffic speeds, traffic volumes, number of lanes and location of the crossing in context to the surrounding land use will dictate what type of crossing improvement is appropriate for a specific location. The following are some examples of road crossing improvements.
- Curb Extensions – increase the overall visibility and reduces the crossing distance for pedestrians
- Mid-block Crossings – facilitates crossing between intersections where there is demand for bicycle and pedestrians to cross the road
- Crossing Island – a proven safety countermeasure that provides a protected space in the center of the street to facilitate bicycle and pedestrian crossings
- Active Warning Beacons – commonly used on major streets to alert drivers of crossing bicyclists and pedestrians and increase yielding behavior
- Hybrid Beacons – a proven safety countermeasure that facilitates bicycle and pedestrians crossing busy streets where cross traffic does not stop and a full traffic signal is not warranted or desired
- Neighborhood Traffic Circles – used at low speed, low volume intersections as an alternative to stop control or signalization and are ideal for bicycle routes where continuous movement is desired
- Roundabouts – a proven safety countermeasure used on major roads to make intersections safer and more efficient for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists