Check out how long these crosswalks are. This is not a high volume intersection. It really ought to look more like this:
Obviously in the sprawl example above no effort is made to make it easy or safe to cross. There are more lanes than are necessary, and the lanes are too wide. And what’s up with the extra striped areas that aren’t even being used? Are they really needed? No. The corner radii are massive and the crosswalk has no refuge at the median. Viera Blvd could be 2 lanes instead of 4, and we don’t need dedicated right turn lanes on either street here. The travel lanes can all be 10′ wide instead of 12′. And we can definitely eliminate the striped lanes. All of the sprawl design elements in the current condition combine to encourage drivers to speed thru the intersection and make crossing the street very long, unsafe, and unpleasant! And for what? Beats me. I say we ought to change it!
Let’s fix this and start building things the right way all over our county! Please, elected officials, will you stand with us and help to change the rules so we can start building streets for people? Contact us today, and find out how you can make a difference!
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