Transportation - 600 East Background, Considerations and Treatment

600 East Background, Considerations and Treatment

Speed Management

The posted speed limit on the neighborhood byway will be reduced from 25 to 20 miles per hour to help minimize the speed differential between bicycles and motor vehicles. The reduced speed limit may also discourage usage by non-local traffic. Lower speeds and lower traffic volumes will result in a more pleasurable environment for people walking and biking. Homeowners may experience calmer and more relaxed surroundings.

Traffic Reduction

Neighborhood byways are shared roadways and typically do not include bike lanes or other means of creating separation between cars and bicycles. It is therefore inherent that traffic volumes be suitably low enough to support a low stress environment for bicyclists. Preferably, traffic volumes on neighborhood byways are less than 1500 vehicles per day.

Generally, traffic volumes on 600 East are suitable for a neighborhood byway. However, in some sections, traffic volumes exceed tolerable limits and additional measures are necessary in order to reduce volume or provide additional protection to bicyclists.

In cases where traffic volume reduction methods are implemented, suitable access to businesses and residences shall be preserved and adverse impacts to adjacent streets shall be mitigated.

Intersection Treatments

Streets with high volumes and/or high traffic speeds are often difficult and dangerous for bicyclists to cross. These streets can become barriers to bicyclists and pedestrians. On neighborhood byways, it is quite often necessary to install facilities such as refuge medians, traffic diverters or traffic signals to provide a safe and effective means of allowing bicyclists and pedestrians to cross busy streets.

There are several sections along 600 East that are challenging for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross. Treatment solutions vary depending on existing conditions.

The following treatments are proposed for crossing intersections at the following locations:

2100 South
Installation of a TOUCAN signal system with new raised medians and right-turn only motor vehicle diverters.
1700 South
Installation of push-button activated flashing warning signs and curb extensions.
1300 South
Conversion of the existing HAWK signal to a TOUCAN signal system with new raised medians and right-turn only motor vehicle diverters.
900 South
Installation of a TOUCAN signal system with new raised medians and right-turn only vehicle diverters, mirroring the improvements proposed at 1300 South.
800 South
Installation of refuge medians and push-button activated flashing warning signs.

Signage and Pavement Markings

The 600 East Neighborhood Byway will use a combination of standard and unique signage and pavement markings to alert motorists to the increased number of bicyclists. Shared lane markings will be used to indicate that the street is a shared roadway and other stenciled pavement markings will point out that the street is a neighborhood byway. Way finding signs will also be used to show distances and directions to other bikeways and destinations.


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