Draft Pedestrian Facility Plan
The report, Draft Pedestrian Facility Plan, ignored three pedestrian
safety issues, and it is requested that three sentences be appended.
Also, that three phrases be deleted. Reasons for the requests
follow the request:
1) Append to Montague Expressway section:
must walk in the traffic lane (including acceleration lanes and
right-turn lanes), shrubbery shall be trimmed and a path created (on
either side of the shrubbery or hedge), as a precursor to sidewalk
descriptive photos and details, see
to 'Pedestrians facilities along the expressways' section:
intersection areas, where pedestrians walking along the expressway are
not removed from the traffic flow of right-turning motor vehicles,
shrubbery shall be trimmed to enable pedestrians to walk on the high
side of the curb (on either side of the shrubbery or hedge), between
the arterial sidewalk and the expressway shoulder (at a point beyond
the intersection area and where the shoulder is not
tapered and where the curb is parallel to the road). At the Central Expressway underpasses at Rt. 85 and Rt. 237,
a sidewalk or path will be created, if need be, by using the double width traffic lane.
an example photo and drawings, see
append to same section:
Where both lane
additions and sidewalks are planned for the same portion of roadway,
the sidewalks shall be constructed not later than the lane
Reason: In the past, constructing the lanes first
resulted in forcing pedestrians to walk in the traffic lane for
years. Details are in:
We request that these phrases (the last multiple times) be deleted,
for reasons stated, as follows:
Page 1, bottom point: Delete the word "emergency" in "shoulders can serve as
Reason: The ratio of pedestrians that walk there for
lack of alternatives versus for "emergency" is probably well over
100 to 1. The vast majority are not "emergency," which has
this definition (from American Heritage Dictionary): 1. A serious situation or
occurrence that happens unexpectedly and demands immediate action. 2.
A condition of urgent need for action or
first non-indented paragraph: Delete the phrase "to be legally
enforceable" from the sentence "... revising [city ordinances] to be legally
enforceable, to reflect existing conditions
Reason: The ordinances should be repealed,
"The remaining xx% currently has no obvious pedestrian use or
Reason: This statement cannot be true, because some
sidewalks terminate in mid-block where pedestrians continue walking on
the "remaining," meaning shoulder (or traffic lane, in
some cases on Montague). If there is a demand for sidewalks use
as implied by the prior sentences, than there is a demand for shoulder
use as well. The xx% figures can be determined from
Many people do not think that a shoulder means 'including a path'. I have suggestions for the map legends to prevent this misunderstanding:
For the gray (wide shoulder) legend, put
"wide shoulder or dirt/gravel/asphalt pedestrian path in the ROW"
"wide shoulder or unimproved path in the ROW"
For the blue (pedestrian path) legend, put
"pedestrian path or alternative route not in the ROW"
"pedestrian route not in the ROW"
Probably append "(Right of Way)" to ROW somewhere for those who don't know the abbreviation.
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