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Access for People on Foot & Bike during Construction


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People of all ages and abilities using the sidewalk and trails to get around are impacted in many ways during maintenance and construction work.

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Access for People on Foot & Bike during Construction

  1. 1. Pedestrian & Bicycle Access during Field Work
  2. 2. LOCAL PEDESTRIANS & BICYCLISTS Pedestrians and bicyclists rely on the local network of trails, sidewalks and paths to get around
  3. 3. PEDESTRIANS All ages & abilities walk to key destinations
  4. 4. MOBILITY-IMPAIRED PEDESTRIANS This includes those using wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers, guide dogs, prosthetic limbs, and orthotics
  5. 5. LOCAL RESIDENTS & BICYCLING Many also bike to local destinations FAMILIES
  6. 6. KEY FACTORS: SAFETY Pedestrians and bicyclists, particularly children, the elderly, those with disabilities are more vulnerable users of the facilities, crossings and intersections
  7. 7. KEY FACTORS: ACCESS Bike parking at local Walmart Sidewalks & trails provide access to stores, transit & key destinations
  8. 8. KEY FACTORS: COMFORT Lack of protection from vehicles as well as uneven surfaces and unlit areas create situations that are uncomfortable for pedestrians
  9. 9. LAND USE Many neighborhoods lack internal connections so bicyclists and pedestrians travel along busy roadways
  10. 10. ALERTING USERS & MAINTAINING SAFETY Many ways that pedestrians & bicyclists can be alerted & kept safe as they approach & negotiate a construction area: Fences + Barricades + Warning Signs
  12. 12. UNEXPECTED BARRIERS Blockage hidden around bend several hundred feet from previous intersection How do wheelchair users turn around?
  13. 13. VISIBLE & REFLECTIVE ADVANCE WARNING? Signs directing pedestrians toward opposite side of street which has no sidewalk
  14. 14. OBSTACLES IN PATHWAYS Many paths and sidewalks are not lit at night Potential surprise for users of both facilities
  15. 15. OBSTACLES Sight lines of pedestrian crossing signal are blocked also How do strollers & wheelchairs pass?
  16. 16. OBSTACLES
  17. 17. OBSTACLES
  18. 18. MAINTAINING TRAVEL ON PATHWAYS Many Pedestrians and bicyclists are travelling in both directions on facilities Not reflective for those approaching from opposite side
  19. 19. ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATIONS Lacks curb ramp for mobility-impaired users
  20. 20. DETOURS ARE TWO-WAY Detour signs should work in both directions
  21. 21. TRAFFIC CONTROL IMPACTS Passengers may be getting on/off or waiting for buses within construction area
  22. 22. MAINTAINING USABILITY & REPAIRS Visual-impaired pedestrians rely on tactile devices to safely crossing intersections
  23. 23. CROSSWALKS & CURB RAMPS How does facility work during interim stages of construction?
  24. 24. MISSING PIECES? Access to crosswalk for mobility impaired?
  25. 25. ROUTES THAT MAKE SENSE Difficult for bicyclists & other wheeled users, especially at night
  26. 26. SIGN PLACEMENT Sidewalk is also used by bicyclists due to adjacent roadway speeds
  27. 27. MAINTAINING SIGHT LINES Stopped driver cannot see pedestrians crossing Stop bar is behind sign
  28. 28. UNFINISHED WORK & DELAYS Construction duration can be months or sometimes years
  29. 29. SURFACE CONDITIONS Bicyclists and pedestrians are more sensitive to surface irregularities than motorized traffic
  30. 30. BARRIERS CREATE PROBLEMS When barriers are encountered, streets are wide & difficult to cross due to high on- road speeds
  31. 31. PEDESTRIANS PRESENCE Desire lines indicate pedestrian use
  32. 32. PEDAL STRIKES Bicyclists in motion can experience unexpected impacts caused by pedal clipping vertical surface
  33. 33. SAFETY + ACCESS + COMFORT Contact: Fionnuala Quinn