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Re: Will Queens Bus Redesign really speed things up?

Posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Thu May 16 17:30:41 2019, in response to Re: Will Queens Bus Redesign really speed things up?, posted by Spider-Pig on Thu May 16 06:18:05 2019.

There's no harm in putting the yield signs up, though. Not that it helps in Massachusetts, where they are completely and utterly ignored (in all contexts, not just rotaries).

As for pedestrians, there's two solutions:
1. put the pedestrian crossings farther from the roundabout for maximum safety.
2. integrate the crossing with islands along with the various entrance/exits for maximum pedestrian convenience.

Here's an example of the latter. This flyover-roundabout combination replaced the worst traffic light in the area. While from the air it looks complicated for pedestrians, from the ground it's quite simple. Thanks to the islands, the act of crossing is reduced to navigating a sequence of one or two lane one way roads. The sharp turns force cars to slow down enough that they will easily be able to stop for a pedestrian who has stepped into the crosswalk.

This one further down the road sees significant pedestrian traffic as this intersection cuts through a college campus. For cars, getting out of tricentennial drive between 4-5PM has a bit of a wait, but it's still overall faster than the traffic light it replaced. Not to mention, people used to ignore the 25MPH speed limit to challenge a changing light, now that danger is all gone.

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