Ayres Knowledge Center Implement Intersection and Bike Lane Game Changers

“If we can develop and design streets so that they are wonderful, fulfilling places to be – community- building places, attractive for all people – then we will have successfully designed about one- third of the city directly and will have had an immense impact on the rest.” – Allan B. Jacobs, “Great Streets” INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS, BIKE LANES ARE URBAN GAME CHANGERS By Tristan Hickman, PE – Traffic Engineer | Ayres Associates Heavy traffic is one of the downsides of living in an urban area. But cities and their residents do not have to sit idly by as their arterial streets become unnecessarily clogged by outdated technology – or begin to feel like dangerous canyons that pedestrians and bicyclists fear to even attempt crossing. Traffic engineers hold the key to streets where shared use by motorists, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, and mass transit leads to more orderly traffic flow that gives everyone their turn to use streets that act as connections, not great divides slashing neighborhoods in half. Communities looking to preserve a high quality of life and a strong urban fabric of commercial and residential development are well-advised to commit to creating a walkable, bicycle-friendly community that serves the mobility needs of its residents. The challenge is to develop a consensus design that meets community stakeholder concerns while creating a safe street for all users. The calculus of street and traffic design – along with the subtleties of calming landscape architecture – can deliver a dramatic change in the way users experience a street and ultimately how humans function, interact, and move through intersections. Let’s look at how modern intersection design, signal systems, and bike lanes help everyone move along more efficiently. AyresAssociates.com