The City Commission’s normal Monday night meeting was cancelled, so let’s meet up and talk City. This month’s Micro City Sessions will be at The Workshop in the Warehouse District and, if there is interest, an observational walk of W. Front St.
Have something about the City on your mind? Interested in what the City Commission is working on? Looking for ways to get engaged with your community? Like to drink a nice session brew? Come down Monday at 7pm and look for at least one (bald) commissioner.
One item I personally would like to talk about is traffic calming, or the act of slowing down motorized traffic in neighborhoods and our corridors. Traffic Calming is something I’ve written a lot about on MyWHaT. The list of treatments and activities the City may do is almost unlimited, but here’s a list of typical traffic calming measures, listed in increasing degrees of aggressiveness:
Signage (get creative), Gateways, Textured Crosswalks, Special Striping, Narrow Lanes/Skinny Streets, On-Street Parking (City is currently considering loosen restrictions), Bulb-outs/Chokers/Curb Extensions, Medians, Raised Intersections, Traffic Circles, Chicanes, Speed Tables/Raised Crosswalks, Speed Humps, Diverters…
There are good signs the City is moving in the right direction. We are starting to see some of the above installed on our streets outside of downtown and City Police have started to patrol specifically in the neighborhoods. We also recently approved a pilot project to convert 8th St. from four travel lanes to two travel lanes. Called a road diet, for corridors like 8th St., it might just be the most effective traffic calming measure we undertake. It will potentially increase the efficiency and certainly increase safety.
Traffic Calming 101: