Helping to Improve the Corridor for Everyone Lansdale Solution

 

We All Love Lansdale Avenue!

But, the sense of safety and enjoyment quickly disappears when bicyclists and drivers go too fast, run through stops signs and/or fail to yield to pedestrians, or when pedestrians are unaware of their surroundings.

It is time to look at what can be done, in an initial brainstorming and information gathering meeting, to celebrate the street we all love and turn it into a corridor that provides everyone with the safety, comfort and access they desire.

Through this page and other news on the MCBC site, we will aggregate information as the discussion develops.  The initial public discussion was hosted by Marin County Bicycle Coalition and the Lansdale neighborhood, where participants shared ideas on how to improve safety and promote respect along the popular street.

All are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Be sure to check back here for future updates and we will post upcoming meetings, workshops and forums in our Events calendar.

We will continue to aggregate information

 

Some of the Concerns Identified:

– Lansdale has heavy pedestrian traffic, including children, seniors and families
– Pedestrians and bicyclists have no protection or buffer from automobile traffic
– Much of the street is essentially a one lane road for two-way traffic
– People in cars and on bikes often go too fast for the conditions
– People in cars and on bikes do not always stop at stop signs
– Exiting side streets is difficult due to visibility; through traffic is at risk when they don’t stop at the stop signs
– Heavy parking along the street, especially when there is an event, exacerbates safety and congestion concern

* Click here for a complete list of Concerns and Possible Solutions

 

PROCESS

Forum #1 – 3/24/16 – COMPLETE – Thanks to all those who attended! 

The first public forum took place on Thursday, March 24, 2016  in Fairfax.  The focus at this meeting was to have participants help to expand upon the list above. They were also invited to mark-up maps of Lansdale Avenue to help identify specific issues of concern exist and share what those concerns are. After the forum, all input received with be shared with the Town of Fairfax and Town of San Anselmo Department of Public Works, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees, and law enforcement. more…

Forum #2 – 6/15/16 – COMPLETE – Thanks again to everyone who showed up and contributed!

Thank you for coming out to Lansdale Avenue Forum #2. It was informing, inspiring and a step to improving safety on the avenue. At the meeting there was a brief recap of the primary issues, followed by representatives from Fairfax and San Anselmo presenting a number of short term and long term enhancements.

Here are some of the improvement tools discussed:

Speed tables
These are an expansion of the speed bump concept, designed to slow traffic at intersections. There is a great example at the Red Hill Shopping Center in front of the new Farm Burger.

Painted and/or textured boxes at intersections
These markings on the pavement draw one’s attention, causing motorists and bicyclists to slow down. They can be implemented quickly and affordably.

Woonerf signs
Woonerf signage draws attention to a street where cars, pedestrians, cyclists, and other local residents travel together and where there is no traditional infrastructure in place to guide them. The signage is intended to convey a message of shared space.

Outreach
Placement of outposts at the ends of the street staffed by residents, volunteers and police to promote respectful behavior and reinforce the rules along the avenue.

 

By the end of the meeting, consensus was reached to move forward with an initial strategy of painted/textured intersections, signage, and outreach. There was interest in having a block party to kick it off, and both towns will be working with residents to address line-of-sight issues at intersections.

Initial improvements are expected to begin in late summer. Feedback will be collected to better understand if the physical improvements and outreach strategies are successful and where there’s room for adjustment and/or additional measures to be taken if necessary.

While the current plan won’t address all concerns, it will allow us to get started this summer on efforts to improve safety on Lansdale Avenue.

Longer term ideas that were discussed included installing speed tables at the intersections (visit Red Hill Shopping Center for a sample) and filling in a drainage area to create off-street parking.

For now, we greatly appreciate your support for the initial safety improvement tools and strategies identified, and we hope you’ll volunteer for outreach opportunities later this summer to help ensure the greatest success possible (see sign-up form below).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! sign-up at http://goo.gl/forms/BBL3r43DCGY6bH952

 

Additional Ways to Participate

Volunteer – Interested in helping to get the word out about improving safety and harmony along this important corridor?  Sign up here!

Let us keep you up to date – Sign-up for future notifications via email to Tom@marinbike.org.  Or you can sign up for the MCBC Bulletin by using the “SUBSCRIBE” button at the bottom of the page.

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