Barry Watkins, 10/23/2015
Here are some of our ideas for Clearlake Road in Cocoa and for raising the walkability and bikeability standards for streets throughout the populated areas of our county:
- Keep the design and posted speed at or under 35 miles per hour.
- Minimize the number of vehicle lanes.
- Keep vehicle lanes 10′ wide maximum.
- Minimize the number of dedicated turn lanes at intersections. To avoid multiple left turn lanes make the turn lane longer. Right turn lanes can mostly be eliminated altogether.
- Eliminate accel/decel lanes.
- Minimize turn radii at street corners.
- Don’t use channeled lanes.
- Make sidewalks a minimum of 5′ wide.
- Put a landscape strip between the sidewalk and the curb 8′ minimum wide.
- Plant shade trees between the sidewalk and the curb a minimum of every 30′.
- Separate bicycle lanes from vehicle lanes with raised planters.
- Don’t make rights-of-way inordinately wide.
- Minimize median widths if this helps keep the right-of-way a manageable width. Don’t scrimp on the space for pedestrians and bicycles.
- Provide pedestrian refuges for crosswalks that cross more than 5 lanes.
We need to also consider these additional items as part of a holistic strategy for meeting transportation needs in the area:
- We need to consider improving bus service to help convert some trips away from passenger vehicles in the future. This especially makes sense as a way of serving the needs of the elderly, handicapped, lower income residents, and young people.
- Work with land planners to create walkable village and neighborhood centers nearby to convert trips away from cars to other modes and to shorten travel distances to meet daily needs.
- Work on alternative routing.
- Work with land planners to restrict continued expansion of development on the edge of town that overburdens the transportation network.
Walkable Brevard, the non-profit organization that I founded, provides walkability and bikeability consulting for free or at a very low cost. Contact us to see how we can help! We are working with citizens, community leaders, and businesses to improve walking and bicycling all over Brevard.