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Street Safety Discussion

Street Safety Discussion on WFSU Radio (June 2017)

Rick Hall sat down with Kate Payne, WFSU Radio, to discuss Street Safety.

http://news.wfsu.org/post/want-safer-streets-transportation-engineer-says-redesign-urban-landscape

 

Kentlands Community Foundation Workshop

Workshop and Lecture for Kentlands Community Foundation and City of Gaithersburg, MD (June 2017)

The Foundation, under its Downtown Initiative, led an effort to take a comprehensive review of the current Master Plan to facilitate a holistic and cohesive approach to redevelopment. Kentlands Boulevard was identified as an area requiring a closer study. Currently the Boulevard acts as a divide through the commercial district and poses critical safety concerns for pedestrian use.

Rick Hall led a one-day workshop and gave the presentation "Can Kentlands Boulevard be a Complete Street." A key theme throughout the day was "manage motor vehicle speeds for pedestrian comfort and safety." His thoughts on Short, Medium and Long Range projects included the following:

·         Short

·         Apply fresh pavement markings at all Kentlands pedestrian crosswalks, adopting the "Abbey Road" style [or continental style] of parallel White Bars, without edge stripes

·         Test an additional rectangular flashing beacon [RRFB] to the Main Street Roundabout

·         Medium

·         Extend the east/west splitter Islands at the Main and Market Roundabouts

·         Narrow the overall pavement within the east/west circulating lanes for each roundabout

·         Adjust the crosswalk locations to behind the first entering vehicle

·         Add Reverse Super-elevation of – 2% to manage the speed of circulating vehicles

·         Enhance New Development review procedures to address walkability performance with equal priority to motor vehicle performance

·         Long

·         Enhance circulation in Kentlands Square and other commercial redevelopment by adding a left turn access from Great Seneca Highway near the proposed Transit Station

·         Monitor projected transportation circulation to validate future roundabout operation in their current locations

·         Enhance bicycle mobility along the Boulevard with elevated or protected lanes

·         Implement enhanced soil structure design, such as Silva Cells, for Market Street tree wells

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Kentlands Boulevard Walkability Presentation 

Article: Kentlands Town Crier [08/10/17]

Improved pedestrian safety is (hopefully) coming to Kentlands Boulevard

Midtown Tallahassee

Transportation Engineering Science Salon (June 2017)

Rick Hall recently hosted the Waterworks Science Salon, discussing current transportation engineering issues in MidTown Tallahassee. Rick recently traveled to Panama City, Panama and India to help with their burgeoning population and how to get people from one location to another. He gave the presentation "Can Midtown Have Great Walkability" and discussed the science behind safe integration of biking, walking, transit and driving for the citizens that live in Tallahassee. Lane narrowing with Safety Strip designs and substantial street tree planting were among the recommendations.

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Midtown Tallahassee Walkability Presentation

 

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